WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The below are comments from lawmakers concerning the House of Representatives vote on Wednesday that made Donald Trump the first U.S. president ever to be impeached twice.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) shows the article of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump after signing it in an engrossment ceremony, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 13, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis
HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI, DEMOCRAT
“Today, in a bipartisan way, this House demonstrated that no one is above the law – not even the president of the United States, that Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our country, and that once again we honored our oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help us God,” Pelosi said at the Capitol.
SENATE LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL, REPUBLICAN
“Even if the Senate process were to begin this week and move promptly, no final verdict would be reached until after President Trump had left office… In light of this reality, I believe it will best serve our nation if Congress and the executive branch spend the next seven days completely focused on facilitating a safe inauguration and an orderly transfer of power to the incoming Biden Administration,” McConnell said in a statement.
SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER
“Donald Trump has deservedly become the first president in American history to bear the stain of impeachment twice over. The Senate is required to act and will proceed with his trial and hold a vote on his conviction. Despite the efforts of Donald Trump and violent insurrectionists, America is not a dictatorship…
“The president of the United States incited a violent mob against the duly elected government of the United States in a vicious, depraved and desperate attempt to remain in power. For the sake of our democracy, it cannot and must not be tolerated, excused, or go unpunished,” Schumer said in a statement.
REPRESENTATIVE ADAM KINZINGER, ONE OF 10 REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED TO IMPEACH
“It was a sobering moment to vote in support of impeachment today; to walk over to the U.S. Capitol, our symbol of democracy, and recall the violent insurrection we witnessed here just one week ago. This is not a vote I took lightly, but a vote I took confidently. I’m at peace,” he said on Twitter.
REPRESENTATIVE ADAM SCHIFF, DEMOCRAT
“Today’s decision to impeach President Donald J. Trump was a grave one, but not a difficult one. Either we uphold our oath to protect the Constitution, or we do not. Either we safeguard our democracy, or we do not. Either we remove this dangerous man from office, or we do not. It’s really that simple. Trump has been impeached, now twice, and he must be removed from office, once and for all,” Schiff said in a statement.
REPRESENTATIVE TOM RICE, ONE OF 10 REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED TO IMPEACH
“I have backed this President through thick and thin for four years. I campaigned for him and voted for him twice. But, this utter failure is inexcusable,” Rice said on Twitter.
REPRESENTATIVE DAVID VALADAO, ONE OF 10 REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED TO IMPEACH
“President Trump was, without question, a driving force in the catastrophic events that took place on January 6 by encouraging masses of rioters to incite violence on elected officials, staff members, and our representative democracy as a whole,” he said on Twitter.
“Based on the facts before me, I have to go with my gut and vote my conscience. I voted to impeach President Trump. His inciting rhetoric was un-American, abhorrent, and absolutely an impeachable offense. It’s time to put country over politics.”
Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien