Four San Diego Members of Congress will vote to impeach President Donald J. Trump
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – As the House of Representatives debate the Articles of Impeachment prior to voting later Wednesday, all four eligible Representatives from the San Diego region are expected to vote in favor of impeaching the President of the United States.
Rep. Mike Levin of California’s 49th District, posted the following video to Twitter announcing his decision to vote in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump. Along with the video Levin wrote, “No one is above the law, not even the President. That is why I support both Articles of Impeachment.”
Levin released the following statement on why he will vote in favor of both Articles of Impeachment:
“I came to Washington to address the climate crisis, fight for veterans, and lower health care costs, not to impeach a President. I have passed nine bipartisan bills through the House of Representatives to support our nation’s heroes, including two that have been signed into law this year. That is the work I came here to do.
I also took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. The President violated our Constitution – and undermined our national security – when he pressured a foreign government to interfere in our elections for his personal and political gain. He then orchestrated an absolute obstruction of the impeachment inquiry, proving that he believes that he is above the law.
No one is above the law, not even the President. That is why I support both Articles of Impeachment. Now it is up to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to do what’s right and hold a fair and thorough trial in the Senate.”
Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50), the only Republican Member of Congress in the San Diego region, is ineligible to vote on any House matters after pleading guilty to misusing campaign funds.
Rep. Juan Vargas of California’s 51st District, tweeted out his intention to vote in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump. He said he was one of the first members of Congress to support the impeachment inquiry against President Trump.
His tweet states, “I was one of the first members of Congress to support the impeachment inquiry, and after listening to my constituents and careful consideration of the evidence, tomorrow I plan to vote for both articles of impeachment against President Trump. Congress has a responsibility to protect our constitution and national security. No one is above the law.”
Rep. Scott Peters of California’s 52nd District, spoke on the House floor, saying “Republicans refuse to seek the truth and condemn the abuse of power, or to work with us to prevent this ongoing behavior in the future.”
He also posted a long Twitter thread of why he will be voting to impeach President Donald Trump.
The complete thread reads:
Today, I will vote to impeach President Donald Trump, consistent with my promise to defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. It’s now up to the Senate to conduct a trial to decide whether the president should be removed from office.
The facts are not disputed. The president withheld nearly $400 million in foreign aid and a White House meeting from Ukraine in order to force that foreign official to investigate one of the president’s political rivals. There is no counter-narrative. He pressured Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 elections, just as the Mueller Report showed his campaign cooperated with Russia as it interfered in our 2016 elections. That is an abuse of power—the very type our founders referred to when they put impeachment in the Constitution.
The president also obstructed Congress by refusing to allow witnesses to testify. He is not exercising a privilege over particular evidence or testimony. He is just saying Congress can’t have information. This is unprecedented and a violation of our separation of powers.
Many have lamented that this effort is not bipartisan. That’s up to my Republican colleagues. I’ve had enough of the “both sides” rhetoric that characterizes today’s punditry and journalism. Republicans have excused Trump’s crimes or pretended they didn’t happen. Republicans have not sought the truth; they have sought to avoid it. They have demeaned and insulted witnesses–patriots, warriors, career diplomats–who have provided evidence against the president.
No House Republican has joined in to demand the documents or witnesses that the president has refused to produce. And Senate Republican leaders have announced that he himself can set the rules of his own trial. I believe the president’s actions warrant removal from office, but we could have an honest debate. What’s not up for debate is what happened, or whether it’s wrong. It’s historically criminal and unpatriotic.
Republicans say they want to avoid impeachment, but what choice do they give us? They refuse to seek the truth and condemn the abuse of power to prevent it in the future. That’s the tragedy of today’s events. In our nation’s history, thousands of Americans have gone into battle to fight for our democracy. Those young people served without reservation, as they still do today. Many were gravely injured and some made the ultimate sacrifice.
In contrast, for fear of losing an election, my colleagues will not speak up for rule of law or against presidential abuse of power. Those who don’t actively excuse the behavior will remain silent and cowardly. Voters may give them a pass, but history will judge them harshly.
Representative Susan Davis (CA-53), announced her intent to vote in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump a week before the House is set to vote on it.
Susan Davis spoke about her intent to vote in favor of impeaching President Trump on the House floor. She said, “We are not impeaching the president. He is impeaching himself.”
On December 10th, Davis tweeted, “After weeks of investigation and testimony from courageous and committed public servants, it’s clear President Trump put his political and personal priorities before our national security. For Congress to sit idly by would not only violate our oath but send a message to this and future Presidents that this behavior is acceptable. President Trump has abused the office of the presidency and obstructed Congress in its oversight role. The House has no choice but to send articles of impeachment to the Senate.”
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