Bonamici Backs Articles of Impeachment in Historic Floor Vote
WASHINGTON, DC [12/18/19] – Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) voted in favor of two articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump. One article was for abuse of power and the other for obstruction of Congress.
Bonamici spoke in support of impeachment on the House floor prior to the vote. Video of her remarks can be found here.
“Donald Trump has abused his office, obstructed justice and Congress, jeopardized national security, and betrayed the American people. The witnesses at the House Intelligence and Judiciary committee hearings, as well as the President’s own words, have made these facts clear. He must be held accountable.
“The Founding Fathers included the impeachment process in the Constitution to uphold our values and maintain the checks and balances that are essential to democracy. They knew way back in 1787 that someone in the office of President could abuse the power of the office. And that is what Donald Trump has done – abused the power of his office by inviting a foreign government to interfere in a U.S. election. He did this not to help the United States, but to benefit himself. That’s wrong, and it is an impeachable offense. In our country, no one is above the law. That includes the President of the United States.
“As a separate and equal branch of government, Congress has been working to uncover the President’s wrongdoings — and at every turn the President has brazenly obstructed our inquiry, even defying subpoenas.
“I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution, and I take my obligation very seriously. I did that today by voting for the two articles of impeachment, and I will continue to work with my colleagues to hold this President accountable for his misdeeds and do what is best for Oregonians and the American people.”
Bonamici first came out in support of an impeachment inquiry in May.