01.13.21

Rep. Mark Takano Statement on His Vote to Impeach President Donald Trump

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement on his vote to impeach President Donald Trump for inciting an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. 

“Today, I voted to impeach President Donald Trump for inciting a violent and deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. I took this solemn action in accordance with the oath I swore to support and defend our Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

“President Trump has shown himself to be a clear and present danger to our Republic, our Constitution, and the rule of law. By inciting a violent insurrection and failing to use his influence to put a stop to his supporters’ seditious efforts, he has violated his oath to the Constitution. Congress has a responsibility to hold him accountable for his unlawful actions and for his repeated attempts to subvert the will of the people and impede the peaceful transition of power. 

“I urge the Senate to take immediate action, begin a trial, and vote to convict President Trump. He should not hold the most powerful office in the world for one more minute, and he should be barred from public office forever. He is toxic to our democracy, and only we, the Congress, can prevent him from doing future damage. It would be irresponsible for those of us who can do something, to do nothing.” 

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