Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Huffman Votes to Push Impeachment

Posted By on Wed, Dec 6, 2017 at 3:49 PM

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North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman joined 57 of his colleagues today in a failed vote to allow consideration of articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

The measure pushed forward by Rep. Al Green faced an overwhelming defeat when a motion to sideline it was approved 364-58, with four Democrats voting "present."

In a statement, Huffman defended his vote to move the articles forward.

"The magnitude and breadth of President Trump’s actions to undermine his office and the public trust — those that have been illegal, corrupt, or have caused deep damage to our country — is stunning and most of the facts are indisputable," Huffman said. "For these reasons, I’ve stated for months that I believe President Trump should be, and eventually will be, impeached. And for the same reasons, if I am presented with a vote on this subject, I’ll vote my conscience and support impeachment."

Read the full statement copied below:


Rep. Huffman Statement on Impeachment Vote

Washington, D.C.- Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA) today released the following statement today after voting to allow consideration of articles of impeachment introduced by Rep. Al Green (D-TX):

“Impeachment is an extraordinary measure, but it should be clear to anyone who examines the facts that President Trump’s actions justify his impeachment, including his efforts to obstruct justice, his self-enrichment and serial violations of the Emoluments Clause, and his involvement in a cover-up stemming from his campaign’s very likely collusion with Russian interests to undermine the 2016 presidential election.

The magnitude and breadth of President Trump’s actions to undermine his office and the public trust – those that have been illegal, corrupt, or have caused deep damage to our country — is stunning and most of the facts are indisputable.

For these reasons, I’ve stated for months that I believe President Trump should be, and eventually will be, impeached. And for the same reasons, if I am presented with a vote on this subject, I’ll vote my conscience and support impeachment.

It is vital, however, that we distinguish impeachable offenses from offensive behavior, divisive political instincts, ineptitude, and poor judgment. These are all frustrating but in my view do not rise to the level of impeachable offenses. I understand why many of my Democratic colleagues, including many who believe President Trump should ultimately be impeached, voted no on today’s resolution.

We are a long way from having the votes in Congress to impeach, a vote that must happen on a bipartisan basis. We need to work in a bipartisan way to bring accountability and transparency to a White House that is doing great damage, including through ongoing Congressional oversight, a new independent commission on Russian election interference, and the ongoing work of Special Prosecutor Bob Mueller.”

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