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December 13, 2019 | Press Releases

Steube Statement on House Judiciary Committee Vote on Articles of Impeachment for President Donald J. Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Greg Steube (R-Fla.) released the following statement after a vote in the House Judiciary Committee against both Articles of Impeachment for President Donald J. Trump.

“What we witnessed here today will be remembered in American history for generations to come and unfortunately, history will not look kindly on what this committee has done tonight, or in the weeks leading up to this vote,” said Congressman Steube following the committee vote. “This impeachment inquiry was a partisan attack against a duly elected president, attempting to nullify the votes of 63 million Americans. Many who have served in Congress much longer than I have warned against such a partisan approach to impeachment, including Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Nadler.”

Speaker Pelosi said, “impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.”

Chairman Nadler said, “there must never be a narrowly voted impeachment or an impeachment substantially supported by one of our major political parties and largely opposed by the other.”

“Yet today’s vote was completely partisan, riddled with inconsistencies and a lack any facts supporting a constitutional basis for impeachment,” said Steube. “The Democrats have systematically denied President Trump any opportunity to present a defense or cross examine fact witnesses and denied the minority the ability to call fact witnesses.”

“Unlike Presidents Nixon and Clinton who were impeached for actual crimes, President Trump is being impeached based on theories concocted by the Democrats,” continued Steube. “Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress are not listed anywhere in the Constitution when discussing impeachment and now, for the first time in history, we have voted in a congressional committee to impeach a president based on a non-criminal Abuse of Power allegation.”

“This sets a dangerous precedent for future American presidents,” explained Steube. “With this vote, we have set the precedent that at any time in the future, whenever a majority party in the House doesn’t like what’s happening in the White House, they can impeach the President for Abuse of Power.”

“No collusion, no obstruction, no quid pro quo, no treason, no bribery, and no high crimes and misdemeanors,” concluded Steube. “And the only Abuse of Power that I see committed, is the Abuse of Power of this Democrat-led Congress in their attempt to overturn the 2016 election and the will of 63 million American voters.”