Rep. Peter DeFazio to Vote to Impeach President Donald Trump for Incitement of Insurrection
Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) will today vote to impeach President Donald Trump for inciting an insurrection against the U.S. Congress at the Capitol building that left at least six people dead, including U.S. Capitol Police Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood.
“It’s abundantly clear that last week’s violence at the Capitol was not a one-off event, but rather part of a larger strategy, supported by Donald Trump himself, to unlawfully keep him in office,” said DeFazio. “For months, well before the election, Trump knowingly perpetuated the lie that the only possible way he could lose the presidential election was if it had been ‘stolen’ from him. He and his advisors have spread that lie deliberately and repeatedly—despite losing by more than 7 million votes and lacking one shred of evidence to prove widespread fraud—in an intentional effort undermine the American public’s trust in our democracy. He litigated in several states, with no success. He attempted to delay certification with recounts, to no success. The President even threatened the Georgia Secretary of State asking him to illegally change the outcome of the election in his favor. He knew the vote in Congress to certify the Electoral College vote was his last opportunity to change the outcome—he projected his intentions in a campaign speech in September.
“So he summoned his supporters to a rally on January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. At the event he repeated the lie that the election was stolen from him and incited the mob to march to the Capitol in his name and overturn the will of the people. He launched an insurrection and did nothing to stop it.
“At least 6 people died, including two U.S. Capitol Police officers. Despite the failure to properly plan for this unprecedented coup, thanks to the actions of many brave law enforcement officers, many more injuries and deaths were avoided.
“Impeaching a President is not something I take lightly, but Donald Trump’s seditious actions were a clear violation of his oath of office and led to nothing short of a direct assault on our democracy.
“Benjamin Franklin famously warned, as our founders finished drafting the Constitution, that we will only have a Republic so long as we are able to keep it. We are a nation of laws, and our great democratic experiment only works because we all agree to adhere to those laws. In order to move forward from this dark and painful chapter in our nation’s history, we must first hold its perpetrators—including Donald Trump—accountable to the Constitution that governs our nation and that he swore to uphold. He must be held accountable for his efforts to overturn November’s free and fair election and for his role in inciting this violent insurrection, and he must never be able to hold public office again.”
To see video of Rep. DeFazio’s floor speech in support of impeachment, click here.