Yarmuth Statement on the Second Impeachment of President Donald Trump
WASHINGTON – Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) released the statement below regarding today’s House of Representatives vote to impeach President Donald J. Trump for the second time:
“Never in American history has a President taken such brazen, lawless, and reckless action against our own nation as Donald Trump undertook last week. And yet, while this dark episode was unprecedented, it was entirely consistent with the behavior he has displayed each day for well over the last four years.
“It is an understatement to say that history will not look kindly on this President. But history will also harshly judge a Congress that failed to stop him and a Republican Party that allowed him to evade the law and believe himself a dictator.
“For four years, this President has disgraced his office, trampled rights, ruined lives, and fueled the flames of bigotry and hate. Six people died as a result of his insurrection last week, many were injured and far more remain traumatized whether they were here at the Capitol that day or watched from afar.
“For the second time, I will vote to impeach the President knowing that it is unlikely he will be removed from office before the end of his term.
“I do so because I, like the President, swore an oath to ‘support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic… and to faithfully discharge the duties of the office,’ but unlike the President, I intend to honor it.
“I do so because, last week, Donald Trump committed the most heinous act ever committed by a U.S. President, and I am one of 535 people charged with holding him accountable.
“I vote to impeach the President because it is the right thing to do. And it’s time for that to mean something again.”