Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) released the following statement following voting to impeach President Donald J. Trump for inciting an insurrection at the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential Election:
“Every second that Donald Trump remains in office, he is a clear and present danger to our nation and our democracy.
“For months, Donald Trump spread lies about a stolen election. At a rally in front of the White House, he whipped his supporters into a violent frenzy. He told them ‘we are going to the Capitol’ and to ‘fight like hell.’ And they did.
“They attacked our Capitol, assaulted police officers, broke down doors and windows. Some of them carried weapons or plastic restraints. Pipe bombs and assault weapons were found nearby. Five people died, dozens more were hurt. The truth is that as bad as it was, it was just seconds away from being far worse. The mob nearly breached the House and Senate chambers with hundreds of Members inside.
“None of that is in dispute. Incitement of insurrection is an impeachable offense.
“And yet, the vast majority of my Republican colleagues stand mute, or worse, continue to support this immoral president.
“Today’s decision to impeach President Donald J. Trump was a grave one, but not a difficult one. Either we uphold our oath to protect the Constitution, or we do not. Either we safeguard our democracy, or we do not. Either we remove this dangerous man from office, or we do not. It’s really that simple.
“Trump has been impeached, now twice, and he must be removed from office, once and for all.”