WASHINGTON— U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, released the following statement today, Tuesday, announcing her decision to vote in support of two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
“Our country’s founders created impeachment so that no president could place themselves above the law, a crucial Constitutional check-of-power that ensures our country’s security and values are protected against corruption and foreign influence in our elections. As I’ve weighed this solemn decision I’ve listened to our community, examined important testimony and evidence, and studied the drafted articles.
“The President has demonstrated a pattern of corrupt behavior, and abused his power for his own personal political gain when he pressured foreign leaders to conduct investigations against political rivals, jeopardizing our country’s national security and the integrity of our elections. The testimony and evidence put forth led me to a clear conclusion. In order to uphold my sworn oath, I must vote to protect the Constitution and will vote in support of the articles of impeachment.”
House Democrats are planning Wednesday to launch the debate and, likely, votes to impeach Trump, formally accusing him of abusing his power as president in dealing with Ukraine to help himself politically and then obstructing Congress by blocking the later investigation.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who warned against pursuing a strictly partisan impeachment, is now all but certain to have the numbers as voting begins.
As impeachment appears set in the House, attention is shifting to the Senate which, under the constitution, is required to hold a trial on the charges. It is expected to begin in January.
In August, Underwood said she supported the impeachment inquiry of Trump. When asked if she thought the impeachment process was moving too fast, Underwood said she believes the process has been “thorough and fair.”
“There is obviously a sense of urgency about this work,” Underwood said. “We want to identify all the facts to make sure that this never happens again.”
She noted that several other investigations surrounding Trump continue, including whether he should be forced to turn over his tax returns.
• The Associated Press contributed to this report
Source: The Daily Chronicle