Evans: Impeachment Necessary Because ‘No One Is Above the Law’
PHILADELPHIA (Dec. 18, 2019) – Congressman Dwight Evans (D-PA-3rd) said he is voting “Yes” today on both articles of impeachment against President Trump:
“Impeachment is a solemn and historic task. With the outrageous, ongoing conduct of President Trump, impeachment is necessary for upholding our oath of office and the Constitution. Benjamin Franklin said after the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia that we have ‘a republic, if you can keep it.’ House Democrats intend to keep it.
“This impeachment process, holding the president accountable, is only possible because the House majority changed, but the root cause of it all is the president’s own unconstitutional, reckless behavior. He withheld $391 million in congressionally approved, tax-funded military aid from a free country, Ukraine, that is trying to defend itself from a dictatorship, Russia, and he did this for political gain. His action appears to have cost Ukrainian lives. He obstructed investigation and oversight by Congress, which is a co-equal, independent branch of government under the Constitution. He appears to have no shame or regret about any of this behavior, which means he is likely to repeat it unless he is held accountable.
“No one is above the law in America – that is the principle the House is voting to uphold. Now the nation will be watching the Senate to see if senators will uphold their oath to do impartial justice.”
Congressman Dwight Evans represents Northwest and West Philadelphia and parts of North, South and Center City Philadelphia. He serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and House Small Business Committee. To learn more about his work in Congress, please visit his Facebook, Twitter, and congressional website.