Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

Representing the 9th District of Illinois

Schakowsky Statement on Impeachment Vote

December 18, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, voted in favor of two Articles of Impeachment against President Donald J. Trump, and released the following statement after they passed the U.S. House:

“I’ve taken an oath eleven times now ‘to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.’ The biggest threat to our Constitution is sitting in the oval office. This President has violated the law at every turn, stealing power from the judiciary and legislative branches and using it to advance his own personal interests. He has jeopardized our national security, abused and tarnished the Office of the President, and proved that he is incapable of putting our nation, its people, and our democracy first.

“After months of investigations and committee hearings, thousands of pages of reports, and countless hours of witness testimony it became clear that our oath and the Constitution provided only one path forward. A path that led us here, to the introduction and passage of Articles of Impeachment against President Donald J. Trump.

“It was never my goal or wish to impeach a President. But this summer, my son Ian Schakowsky, reminded me of my oath and said, ‘Mom, this is not about politics. It is not about Party. This has nothing to do with the final outcome – it’s about doing the right thing, even if others don’t.’ Today, I did the right thing. I put our nation, its people, and our democracy first, as I swore to do. I voted yes on both Articles of Impeachment against this President.” 

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