DeFazio Statement in Support of the House of Representatives Opening a Formal Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, DC—Following is a statement from U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) in support of the House of Representatives opening a formal impeachment inquiry.
“This is a dark day for America’s representative democracy. The president has admitted to soliciting assistance from a foreign leader to interfere with U.S. elections and aid his political campaign, which is a violation of the Constitution, a betrayal of the American people, and an impeachable offense. His grave actions threaten our national security and the very foundation of our democracy.
“Furthermore, it has been reported that the president withheld congressionally-approved taxpayer dollars to blackmail the Ukrainian president and leverage aid to aid to his campaign—an additional violation of the law and the Constitution. The Trump administration must follow the law and release the whistleblower report and allow the whistleblower to testify before Congress.
“Unfortunately, the President’s actions are only the most recent example of a pattern of behavior to subvert the Constitution and rule of law. As I stated when I announced my support for an impeachment inquiry earlier this year, multiple instances of obstruction of justice in the Mueller report indicate Donald Trump’s presidency is a danger to our national security and a threat to our democracy.
“I am in full support of Speaker Pelosi’s announcement today that the House will move forward with a formal impeachment inquiry. The integrity of our national security and the health of our democratic republic depend on it.”