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Congressional Black Caucus Supports the Democratic Caucus’ Inquiry to Impeach President Donald Trump

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Washington, October 3, 2019 | comments

In response to the Democratic Caucus’ announcement of a formal impeachment inquiry into the Presidency of Donald J. Trump, the Congressional Black Caucus issued the following statement:

“The Congressional Black Caucus is appalled by the latest allegations against President Trump and officials in his administration. Recent news reports revealed President Trump used the power of his office to solicit interference in the upcoming 2020 election by China and Ukraine. In an unprecedented discovery, the President appears to have used taxpayer-funded foreign assistance as leverage for the “favor” he requested from Ukraine.

“This comes on the heels of the White House’s misguided decision to block the whistleblower complaint submitted to the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, which suggests Administration officials have taken steps on more than one occasion to cover up communications between the President and foreign leaders. Moreover, news reports have revealed that Attorney General William Barr asked foreign officials to assist an investigation aimed at discrediting the Mueller Report, which documents Russian interference in the 2016 elections. This string of high crimes committed by Donald Trump confirms the disturbing pattern displayed by this lawless President.

“Since day one of Donald Trump’s presidency, our members have been on the front lines of this battle to preserve our democracy. We have fought against his outright assault on the Black community - from attacks on affirmative action and voting rights, to attempting to kick millions of families off social services and millions more off health care. Under Trump’s guidance, his administration has sought to roll back the clock on our social justice achievements, widen the racial wealth gap, and inspire racially-motivated hate crimes. Enough is enough.

“Donald Trump’s actions are nothing more than a betrayal of his oath of office, the integrity of our elections, and the trust of the American people. For decades, the Congressional Black Caucus has served as the “Conscience of the Congress” and played a pivotal role in American politics and history. It is no wonder Members of the CBC were among the first to call for his impeachment. Our Caucus will continue this legacy by holding Donald Trump accountable because no one is above the law, including the President of the United States. The Congressional Black Caucus enthusiastically supports the Democratic Caucus’ formal impeachment inquiry into the Presidency of Donald J. Trump.  In the words of the Honorable John Lewis, ‘To delay, or to do otherwise, would betray the foundation of our democracy.’”


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