Deutch Statement on Passage of Articles of Impeachment against President Trump
After Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) voted in favor of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, he issued this statement:
"I have an obligation to uphold my oath of office to the Constitution. I’ve sat through hours of testimony from fact witnesses, read through hundreds of pages of evidence and legal analysis, and consulted with constitutional scholars to determine whether President Trump’s abuses of power amount to impeachable offenses. I have also heard from thousands of constituents.
"I do not take my vote lightly; this vote on impeachment is one of the most serious votes I will ever cast. But when the President abused his power to solicit foreign interference in our election, when he put his personal and political interests above our national interest, he was cheating the American voters before they even had a chance to vote in the 2020 election. And the President's obstruction of the United States Congress is unprecedented in our nation's history.
"American presidential power comes from the people through elections. The Constitution requires that Congress protect those elections.
"Impeachment is the remedy provided by our Constitution for grave moments like today. I voted to impeach President Trump because his abuse of power and obstruction of Congress forced this action to protect our elections, our democracy, and our Constitution."