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Congressional Black Caucus Statement on the House Judiciary Committee’s Approval of Articles of Impeachment

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Washington, December 13, 2019 | comments

Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, released the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee’s vote to approve two articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump:

“Today is a somber day in the House of Representatives. For only the fourth time in United States history, the House Judiciary Committee has voted to advance articles of impeachment against a sitting President. The facts are clear: the 45th President of the United States of America abused the power of his office in an attempt to cheat his way to re-election.  

African Americans have already lost so much under this Administration – from voting rights and housing assistance, to SNAP benefits and civil rights. We continue to worry about the threat of voter suppression, foreign interference in our elections, and a poorly administered 2020 census impacting redistricting for at least a decade. Now we have to worry about this President using the power of his office to steal the election.

Our colleagues on the other side of the aisle call this impeachment a hoax, but had President Obama come close to even one of the many offenses committed by this lawless President, I have no doubt they would have rushed to impeach him. In the words of former Congresswoman and CBC Member Barbara Jordan, we cannot be “an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction of the Constitution.”

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