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Yarmuth Statement on Tomorrow's Historic Impeachment Vote


WASHINGTON– Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) issued the statement below regarding the House’s upcoming vote on H. Res. 755, a resolution impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors:

“Forty-five years ago, as a young staffer for Senator Marlow Cook, I wrote the speech that would make him the first Senate Republican to call for the resignation of a corrupt president. As Republicans, we took no joy in going against a president of our own party, but we felt a duty greater than partisan loyalty — to our country, the Constitution, and the people who had entrusted us to, among other things, provide accountability of the executive.

“On Wednesday, December 18, 2019, I will vote to impeach President Donald Trump, and I will do so for the very same reasons.

“As with President Nixon and Watergate, evidence of President Trump’s attempt to extort Ukraine’s president for political gain is overwhelming, and his refusal to abide by constitutionally mandated congressional oversight flies in the face of our nation’s founding as a republic rather than a dictatorship. Far from an isolated incident, these crimes are an exclamation point on his continued abuse of the presidency, which, left unchecked, would shatter the foundation of our constitutional system, and thus American democracy.

“It saddens me that not a single Republican in Congress seems ready to demonstrate the courage of Senator Cook and dozens of their predecessors who put patriotism above partisanship nearly half a century ago. But even if they believe that the integrity of their party is no longer worth fighting for, by voting to impeach a lawless president, we are sending a signal that the integrity of our country still is.

“I well remember a conversation I had with David Obey, who served in the House for more than 40 years. We were discussing the dangers of the Trump administration, and he said, “You know, John, democracy does not guarantee a happy ending.” Given that the U.S. Senate is not likely to convict President Trump and remove him from office, I am not at all confident that impeachment by the House of Representatives will guarantee a happy ending for our democracy, but I firmly believe that failing to impeach will make that unhappy ending more likely.

“With this vote, I am proud to assert that long held American ideals are still worth fighting for, that abuse of the public trust will not be tolerated, and that in the United States, nobody, not even the president, is above the law.”


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