Schneider Statement on Articles of Impeachment

January 17, 2020
Press Release

Today, Congressman Brad Schneider (D-IL) released the following statement on his intention to vote for two articles impeaching President Donald Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors:

President Trump abused the power of his office by corruptly putting his own personal and political interests ahead of our nation’s security and foreign policy interests. He sought to block Congressionally-authorized, taxpayer-funded military aid to coerce Ukraine to launch a phony investigation into the President’s political rival to influence the 2020 election to his advantage. In the months since, he has waged a campaign of absolute obstruction against Congress’s constitutional authority and responsibility to investigate the truth, repeatedly ordering all federal officials to defy subpoenas related to the inquiry and refusing to produce a single document.

“Having carefully reviewed the articles of impeachment and reflecting deeply on this decision, I intend to vote yes on both counts to refer these charges to the Senate for trial.

“This is a sad moment for our nation. Only twice before has the House of Representatives voted to impeach a President, and never before on accusations of corruptly compromising our national security. These grave accusations deserve a full and fair hearing. I hope President Trump will present his case in the Senate trial. Both prosecution and defense attorneys should be able to call and cross-examine witnesses. And the 100 Senators, sitting under separate oath as jurors, should hear the evidence and make their decisions without prejudice or prejudgment. 

“I take no joy in this vote or the fact that the President’s actions demand this response. However solemn and difficult this moment for our nation may be, my confidence in our system of checks and balances and trust in our Constitution to guide us on the path ahead remains unshakable.”