Colorado leaders react to House impeachment vote

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STATEWIDE — After President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives for an unprecedented second time, many leaders in Colorado reacted.

“Today’s bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives was a testament to the sacred responsibility of the legislative branch to provide a critical check on grave and dangerous abuses of the executive. No person is above the law, and it is clear to me that the President committed impeachable offenses, violated his oath of office, and needs to be held accountable for inciting a violent and deadly assault on the symbolic heart of our government.

Make no mistake, it should give us no pleasure to impeach a President. We have so much to do, and Coloradans sent me to Washington to deliver on important issues like the pandemic, jobs, health care, and climate change. Trump should have resigned and saved the country from this painful exercise.”

U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper

“Today’s bipartisan vote in the House is an important step toward defending our Constitution and reaffirming the rule of law. The President’s incitement of a riot against the U.S. Capitol was an egregious abuse of power. We must confront this type of political violence to prevent further lawlessness and to preserve our democracy.

We are a nation of laws, and not of men. The House has done its job. Now the Senate must vote to convict.”

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet

“Impeachment isn’t a tool that should be used to virtue signal. But that’s exactly what occurred this week. Democrat hypocrisy was on full display with their article of impeachment, censure bills, an unconstitutional 25th Amendment removal attempt, and other attacks to try and punish Republicans for false accusations of inciting the type of violence Democrats have so frequently and transparently supported in the past.

“I voted against today’s article of impeachment and yesterday’s 25th Amendment coup, because these impeachment attempts were not exercised appropriately and because more partisan charades are not what our country needs right now. Rather than supporting these made-for-tv exercises, I urged the House to focus on reopening our economy and supporting America’s small businesses and working families.”

U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (CO-03)

“Today’s impeachment vote is a travesty. In the Democrats’ hasty desire to impeach the President, they are willing to trample the Constitution and our political institutions. I condemn the actions of the individuals who stormed the Capitol. However, it is clear that President Trump did not incite this violence. He clearly called for individuals to peacefully and patriotically make their voices heard. This is yet another political ploy by House Democrats who hate the President and will do everything in their power to silence the voices of millions of Americans who voted for him. I hope we can move forward together in unity, but the Democrats’ impeachment is an obstacle to that effort. I will not vote to impeach the President.”

Congressman Doug Lamborn  (RCO 5th District)

“I will not be voting to again impeach President Trump. Speaker Pelosi gave members just two hours of debate to discuss these rushed articles of impeachment. There were no testimonies under oath, witnesses, sober deliberation, or regular processes of House Judiciary Committee hearings. Speaker Pelosi’s rushed impeachment process undermines the Constitutional process.

The riots that unfolded at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th were despicable and un-American. I disagree with President Trump’s rhetoric during his January 6th speech. Every single person who organized or participated in the riot must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If we are serious about acknowledging this violence, we must recognize the divisive political climate that leaders in this country have created. Republican and Democrat members of Congress alike must lead on this issue by toning down the divisive rhetoric and encouraging unity. This botched impeachment only fans the flames of an already out of control fire. 

Furthermore, we must open an investigation and hold congressional hearings to determine culpability. I look forward to attending President-elect Biden’s inauguration on January 20th to witness and celebrate the peaceful transfer of power, a bedrock of our system of self-government.”

Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colo.)

“Last week’s attack on the Congress and the U.S. Capitol was aimed at the foundation of our democratic republic itself and the very concept of the peaceful transition of power. To those who break the law or seek to undermine the very foundations of our nation, we must make clear that there are boundaries one cannot cross and that lawbreakers will be held accountable.”

“The president continues to abuse his power and act without regard for the law, for his office, or for decency towards others. We are left with no other option: this president must be impeached and removed from office,” said Weiser. “We need to heal as a nation, but accountability must be part of that healing process. As we move forward, we need to rebuild based on a shared understanding of the truth, respect for our democratic institutions, justice, the Rule of Law, and a collective commitment to working towards a more perfect union.”

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser

“As members of Congress, each and every one of us has sworn an oath to defend our Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. Today, we upheld that oath by moving to impeach one of the greatest threats to the future of our Democracy: President Donald J. Trump.

President Trump’s actions that incited a violent mob of his supporters to attack the United States Congress, in an attempt to prevent us from certifying the results of the election for his opponent, are inexcusable. He, and his accomplices, must be held fully accountable.

No one is above the law in this country, not even the president. I am honored that Speaker Pelosi has asked me to help defend our Democracy by presenting our case against President Trump in the Senate. I can think of no greater responsibility than that of defending our Constitution by holding President Trump fully accountable for inciting an insurrection against our government.”

U.S. REP. DIANA DEGETTE (D-CO)

“President Trump’s actions – encouraging, inciting a mob that stormed the United States Capitol, for the sole purpose of stopping the constitutionally-mandated counting of electoral votes – cannot go unanswered by this body,” said Congressman Joe Neguse in his remarks. “He must be impeached.”

Neguse continued: “If Congress does not act, if we shrink from our constitutional responsibilities to defend our republic, it will undoubtedly undermine the vision of America, as “the last, best hope of earth” as Abraham Lincoln so eloquently said, so many years ago.

So, to the millions of Americans watching today, I hope that you understand we are proceeding on this path out of love for our country. I will honor my oath today, I will vote for impeachment, and I pray that my colleagues will muster the courage to do the same.”

U.S. REP. JOE NEGUSE (D-CO)

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