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Rep. Carson Statement on House Impeachment Inquiry Resolution

Oct 31, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman André Carson, a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee, released the statement below following passage of H.Res. 660, which provides the path forward for public hearings, the next phase of the ongoing impeachment inquiry.

“The vote I took today to advance the public phase of our impeachment inquiry was done with a heavy heart, but with the strongest sense of urgency and necessity. Here in “The People’s House,” we have a constitutional and a moral obligation to ensure we hold all public servants accountable to those they serve. We must affirm the truth that nobody, not even the President of the United States, is above the law.

“I am deeply saddened that we have embarked on this impeachment inquiry to hold the President accountable to the laws he swore an oath to uphold, but we have no choice but to act now. He asked a foreign country to investigate a political rival, using hundreds of millions in U.S. aid, approved by both the House and Senate, as a bargaining chip. This is a betrayal to the American people, and a serious threat to our national security. We cannot and we will not let this behavior go unchecked.

“The House Intelligence Committee, the committee on which I serve, has been engaged in the search for justice and answers, and I commend the brave public servants and military officers who have come forward to provide information, despite threats and attacks on their patriotism from this administration. But as we enter this public phase, no amount of bullying, smears or spin from this President and his allies will prevent the American people from hearing the facts, and making up their own minds.

“On behalf of all Hoosiers, I will continue to conduct this inquiry with the utmost care. The soul of our Democracy is at stake.”