Local representatives react to President Trump impeachment
NEW YORK >> Local representatives shared their thoughts and reactions to the House of Representatives passing two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump Wednesday night.
U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, along with U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, voted to approve H.Res. 755, a resolution impeaching Trump.
The resolution establishes two articles of impeachment of Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Article I, which passed by a vote of 230–197, impeaches Trump for his abuse of power in soliciting the interference of Ukraine in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Article II, which passed by a vote of 229–198, impeaches Trump for his obstruction of
Congress by directing a campaign of defiance of subpoenas issued by the House of Representatives in furtherance of the House’s impeachment inquiry.
“It is with both profound sorrow and an abundance of patriotism that I cast my vote in favor of the resolution to impeach President Trump,” Tonko said Wednesday night after the vote. “As conceived in our founding documents, Impeachment is an extraordinary remedy which, after thorough investigation and fact-finding, I believe is required in these extraordinary times.
“I do not reach this decision out of any dislike of the President, but rather out of love for our country and our Constitution, the document that makes us the strong democracy that we are and the envy of the world.
“By pressuring Ukraine to open an investigation aimed at harming a domestic political rival, President Trump invited foreign interference into our electoral process and cast doubt as to whether ‘we the people’ could expect a free and fair election in 2020. “Similarly, as the House DIVIDE >> PAGE 2
U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, left, and U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, right, participate in a discussion earlier this year.
Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., front left, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, right, and other Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee, speak to members of the media as they conclude the testimony of U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump’s efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019.