Blumenauer Statement on Second Impeachment Vote
Today, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) voted to impeach President Donald J. Trump for incitement of insurrection against the United States. The resolution, which passed the House 232 – 197, marks the second time that Trump has been impeached and the first time in American history that a president has been impeached twice.
“This is a dark day for our country. Trump was already the worst president in modern history. Recent events show that he’s also the most dangerous, which is why he must be removed from office immediately,” Blumenauer said. “When Trump directed a mob to attack our temple of democracy, he threatened the integrity of our elections, obstructed the peaceful transition of power, and endangered the vice president, members of Congress, staff, police, and others who work in the Capitol. It’s clear that he will stop at nothing to protect his own interests and power, even at the expense of our democracy and American lives.”
“We are only in this situation because almost all Republicans in Congress were too cowardly to support impeachment the first time Trump undermined the integrity of our elections. They sent a message that the president is above the law and he continued to act like it. This grave mistake cannot happen again,” Blumenauer added. “As the impeachment process moves to the Senate, anyone who does not convict Trump is openly declaring that a president has the right to incite insurrection against our country. These are the solemn stakes of this moment. Anyone who fails to recognize this will forever be on the wrong side of history.”
Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution specifically prohibits any person who has ‘‘engaged in insurrection or rebellion against’’ the United States from holding political office.
The impeachment resolution passed today by the House – of which Blumenauer was a co-sponsor – alleges that Donald Trump engaged in high crimes and misdemeanors by inciting violence against the U.S. government. It especially highlights his actions on January 6, 2021, which led to the attack on the Capitol.
“Incited by President Trump, members of the crowd he had addressed, in an attempt to, among other objectives, interfere with the Joint Session’s solemn constitutional duty to certify the results of the 2020 Presidential election, unlawfully breached and vandalized the Capitol, injured and killed law enforcement personnel, menaced Members of Congress, the Vice President, and Congressional personnel, and engaged in other violent, deadly, destructive, and seditious acts,” the resolution states.
Lawmakers also noted Trump’s prior efforts to subvert and obstruct the certification of the results of the presidential election, including a January 2, 2021 phone call when Trump urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to ‘‘find’’ enough votes to overturn the Georgia presidential election results and threatened Secretary Raffensperger if he failed to do so.
The impeachment resolution now heads to the United States Senate where Blumenauer is urging a swift trial.