Rep. Schrader Issues Statement on the Introduction of Articles of Impeachment
For Immediate Release
December 10, 2019
Contact: Larkin Parker, 202-225-5711
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) issued the following statement after the introduction of the Articles of Impeachment:
“After solemn deliberation, reading the documents relevant to the impeachment inquiry and closely following the hearings, I will be supporting the two articles of impeachment for the President of the United States. President Trump’s conduct in his interactions with the President of Ukraine were illegal and he obstructed justice by refusing to cooperate with Congressional investigations.
President Trump released a transcript of his call on July 25th, 2019 with the newly elected Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky. The call transcript revealed Trump asking President Zelensky for a favor that would directly benefit him in an American political election. That is illegal. The details of the call and his actions for his own political benefit were corroborated by numerous Administration officials, both career and recent political appointees. In the process of asking for this favor, the President also directly engaged in political election discussion while conducting official business, which is also illegal. All elected officials, including the President and myself, must abide by election laws and keep our political election discussions separate from our official role as public servants.
No President, Republican, or Democrat has so completely defied lawfully issued subpoenas by Congress in its constitutional duty as President Trump. Our Founders put Congress, not the President, in charge of this country.
I feel these actions put our country, the United States of America, at great risk and therefore warrant the President’s impeachment at this time.”