Rush Votes in Favor of House Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) voted in favor of H. Res. 660, which directs certain House committees to continue their ongoing impeachment inquiry investigations of President Donald J. Trump. The Resolution passed 232–196.
H. Res. 660 provides rules for the format of open hearings in the House Intelligence Committee, including staff-led questioning of witnesses, and it authorizes the public release of deposition transcripts. The resolution also establishes procedures for the transfer of evidence to the Judiciary Committee as it considers potential articles of impeachment, and it sets forth due process rights for the President and his counsel in the Judiciary Committee proceedings.
“I have long supported the impeachment of the President for his racist rhetoric and clear contempt for the Constitution. However, the President’s most recent actions are not only a clear affront to our democratic ideals, but they present a unique and unprecedented threat to our nation’s security by the very person entrusted with protecting it. Moreover, the President’s shameless admission of his wrongdoing suggests that he sees nothing wrong with his clearly criminal conduct, making the need to impeach increasingly urgent.
“Today’s resolution provides the path forward for the next phase of the House impeachment inquiry. The House, through the Committees of record, has uncovered a laundry list of evidence related to the President’s misconduct, and soon, the American people will hear directly from witnesses, with direct and indirect knowledge of the Presidents malfeasance, through public hearings.
“When I was sworn in as a Member of Congress, I took a sacred oath to ‘support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.’ This resolution, and the related impeachment inquiry, are a part of that promise. No one, including this President, is above the law,” said Rush.
The full resolution can be found here and below: