Duncan: Democrats’ Articles of Impeachment Mark a Dark Day in America
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) blasted House Democrats for their two baseless Articles of Impeachment against President Donald J. Trump:
“Today marks a dark day in the United States of America. The Democrats have taken our nation through a divisive, partisan impeachment lacking evidence, due process, or constitutional basis in order to overturn the results of the 2016 election. They are so blinded by their hatred for the President that they voted to impeach him regardless of facts, rules, or the truth. This will go down as the most partisan and rigged impeachment process in American history – and history will not be kind to the Democrats of the 116th Congress.
“Democrats’ hateful vendetta to take down President Trump began the day their candidate, Hillary Clinton, projected to win by a landslide, was defeated by the silent majority – the forgotten men and women of America – who chose Donald J. Trump to lead the nation. Since that day, Democrats have made calculated moves and outlandish accusations to take him down.
“Yet through it all, President Trump has worked every day for the American people: draining the swamp, lowering taxes, eliminating costly regulations, removing the U.S. from the Iran Nuclear Deal and Paris Climate Agreement, crafting America first trade policies, nominating constitutionalists to the courts, and working to protect our borders. He has shut out the left’s noise and worked for the American people every day, no matter the allegation being made against him. And the results speak for themselves: record unemployment and employment numbers, a booming economy, 10,000-point rise in the Dow Jones, American energy dominance, and a decrease in illegal border crossings. Democrats know this, and they know they can’t beat President Trump’s record. So, they instead pursue this rash impeachment.
“Today is a dark day in America. It’s dark because Democrats have caused irreparable harm to this institution and the impeachment process. It’s dark because Democrats voted to oust a President based on hearsay, and hearsay alone. Our Founding Fathers warned of such abuse and tyranny. I fear for the precedent they have now set – our nation is forever changed.”
Watch Congressman Duncan’s floor remarks HERE.
The Democrat-led House of Representatives ran rigged impeachment proceedings beginning in the House Intelligence Committee in the basement of the Capitol, away from the visibility of the American people. Democrats leaked bits and pieces of behind-closed-door transcripts to set up the anti-Trump narrative that was quickly published by the mainstream media. In the secret proceedings, Democrats urged witnesses not to answer certain questions by Republicans. In the public House Intelligence Committee hearings, Ambassador Gordon Sondland, the Democrats’ star witness, was posed this question by Rep. Mike Turner: “Nobody else on this planet told you that Donald Trump was tying aid to these investigations, is that correct?” He answered “Yes.”
The House Judiciary Committee Democrats denied Republican subpoena power and fact witness requests in an unprecedented fashion, just as the House Intelligence Committee did. The House Judiciary Committee didn’t call any fact witnesses forward – only leftist lawyers with a history of anti-Trump bias. Judiciary Democrats blatantly broke House Rules by not allowing a minority hearing for Republicans to call forth real fact witnesses. 71% of Judiciary Democrats supported the impeachment of President Trump before the Ukraine call.
Throughout the entire process, both in private and in public, President Trump was denied representation, counsel, and due process – which is completely unprecedented.
Four indisputable facts have not changed and will never change. These facts are fatal to the allegations against President Trump:
- The July 25 call summary – the best evidence of the conversation – shows no conditionality or evidence of pressure.
- President Zelensky and President Trump have both said there was no pressure on the call.
- The Ukrainian government was not aware of a hold on U.S. security assistance at the time of the July 25 call.
- President Trump met with President Zelensky and U.S. security assistance flowed to Ukraine in September 2019 – without Ukraine investigating President Trump’s political rivals.
This has always been a predetermined outcome. The Washington Post published an article on January 20, 2017 at 12:19pm EST entitled, “The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun.”
Previous quote from Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path because it divides the country.”
Previous quote from Chairman Jerry Nadler: “There must never be a narrowly-voted impeachment, or an impeachment substantially supported by one of our major political parties and largely opposed by the other. Such an impeachment would lack legitimacy.”