U.S. Rep Mark Pocan
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Pocan: ‘A Vote That Sets the Precedent for All Future Presidents’

 

By - Dec 18th, 2019 07:44 pm

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following video after the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump. See the full text of his video below.

On January 3rd, 2013, I was sworn into Congress. On that day, I swore an oath—an oath to support and defend the Constitution against all its enemies. Unfortunately, President Trump has made it clear: he doesn’t support our Constitution.

In July of 2019, President Trump blocked $400 million in Congressionally-approved aid that Ukraine desperately needed to defend itself against Russia. But he needed Ukraine to do him a favor first though. President Trump asked that the President of Ukraine launch an investigation into his political rival, Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, military aid and a meeting with the president would only come after.

But this is not about a single call or a single transcript. This is about a perfect storm—months of activity directly ordered by the President to his senior Cabinet and political appointees. Months of activity led by this President to pressure the Ukrainian government to conduct investigations into his political rivals.

There is no question about it—this was a clear and orchestrated plan laid out by this President, inviting a foreign power to interfere in our democracy.

President Trump betrayed his oath of office. He abused the power of his office—the highest office in the land—for personal and political gain. Since then, he has refused to cooperate with a co-equal branch of the federal government—the United States Congress—by refusing to provide any documents or allowing any government witnesses to testify. This obstruction of Congress coupled with his shameless abuse of power make up the articles of impeachment the House of Representatives passed today.

Our vote to impeach the president should not have been a partisan vote. It was a vote for our Constitution and a vote for the future of our country. It was a vote that sets the precedent for all future presidents—Democrat or Republican.

In his long life, Donald J. Trump has never been held accountable for his actions. Today, Democrats sent a clear signal to this president and all future presidents: No one is above the law.

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4 thoughts on “Wisconsin Politicians and Impeachment History”

  1. Thomas Martinsen says:

    I remember vividly the ludicrous arguments that Republicans (Sensennbrenner among them) to impeach Bill Clinton. I watched them on CNN late at night. Democratic Representative Barney Frank routinely dismissed the Republican’s faux outrage as foolish, after which Senselessbrenner & co. routinely cancelled public discussion and went to private sessions – resulting in partisan nonsense that forwarded the impeachment of Clinton.

    Partisan Republicans look even more foolish these days as they spout utter nonsense in defense to the indefensible Donald Trump: a con man who stole the office of President of the U,S.A. with the help of Russian hackers and disinformation specialists in 2016 , a con man who hopes to win another term in office with the help of the same bad actors – at the potential expense of our democracy.

  2. Keith Prochnow says:

    What is “kind of obvious” here is that Sen. Johnson feels no compunction whatsoever to respect his oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution. Also that he continues to be an emarrassment to all Wisconsinites and surely does not represent me, my family nor our values.

  3. TransitRider says:

    The Muller investigation was definitely not a dud. At least 5 men close to Trump (personal lawyer, campaign managers and advisors) have been convicted or entered guilty pleas. The only reason Trump himself wasn’t indicted is a DoJ rule that protects sitting presidents from being indicted; according to that rule, sitting presidents must be impeached instead.

    Unlike the Nixon and Clinton impeachments (where Congress got to see the entire special prosecutor findings), Bob Barr refuses to release most of Muller’s findings to Congress, that’s why, Congress has (so far) been unable to impeach for what Muller found.

    The only “duds” here are the current Attorney General (who acts as Trump’s personal counsel instead of representing the USA) and Trump himself (15,000 lies and counting since inauguration).

  4. Thomas Martinsen says:

    Thanks, Frank, for delineating the Trump con in detail. It will be difficult to make those who have been conned by Trump acknowledge that they have been conned, but it will be necessary to do so in order to restore a government of and by and for the people.

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