Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

Representing the 18th District of California

Eshoo Votes to Impeach President Trump

December 19, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo voted to adopt two Articles of Impeachment against the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. Below are Rep. Eshoo’s remarks delivered on the House floor:

Madam Speaker, I rise today to defend our Constitution and our democracy by voting for the two Articles of Impeachment.

The words of our sacred oath define our duty, and those words must be kept. Our Founders’ primal fear was that powerful members of our government would become, in Hamilton’s words: “mercenary instruments of foreign corruption.”

President Trump abused the powers of the presidency by ignoring and injuring national security and other vital national interests to obtain an improper personal benefit. He also betrayed our nation by abusing his high office to enlist a foreign power in corrupting democratic elections.

Article Two I agree with because it details the obstruction of Congress by the President by directing unprecedented, categorical, and indiscriminate defiance of subpoenas issued by this House of Representatives and [abusing] the powers of the presidency in a manner subversive to the Constitution.

I believe the Constitution is the soul of our nation, and by defending it, we are saying we will not be soulless.

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