Congressman Pappas Issues Statement on Impeachment Inquiry
Manchester, N.H.- Today, Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) issued the following statement regarding an impeachment inquiry.
“Good afternoon. Today marks 204 days since I was sworn in as a member of Congress representing the people of New Hampshire's 1st District.
“Since I took office, I’ve been working hard with members of both parties to bring down the cost of prescription drugs, improve care for our veterans, rebuild our infrastructure, and ensure that everyone in our state has access to clean drinking water.
“Today I would like to talk about another pressing issue we can’t ignore.
“After carefully reviewing Special Counsel Mueller’s report and his testimony to Congress, I have concluded there’s more work to do to protect our democracy and uphold the rule of law and the Constitution.
“After weeks of careful consideration and after countless conversations with my constituents, I believe it is imperative that Congress continues its oversight work by opening an impeachment inquiry.
“We must allow the facts to come to light in an open and transparent manner, and the relevant committees in Congress must continue to gather information, call witnesses, and respond to the questions Special Counsel Mueller was precluded from answering.
“We have an obligation to the Constitution—and our constituents—to fully examine potential misconduct by the President and efforts to cover up those misdeeds and obstruct justice.
“I also believe that we have a sacred duty to protect the integrity and security of our democracy.
“We must ensure that foreign actors can never again manipulate or interfere in our free and fair elections, and there are obvious bi-partisan steps we can take to do that.
“I have said many times that we should not take this step for political purposes and that we should not avoid our responsibility because it might feel politically convenient.
“It’s up to Congress to put all the facts on the table and hold leaders accountable, and I’m committed to that process while maintaining my focus on the concerns of the people of New Hampshire.
“In the coming weeks and months, I look forward to spending time traveling across the district, listening to you and learning how I can best serve you in Washington.
“If you see me, please come up, say hi and tell me what’s on your mind. Let me know what you’re thinking, even if we disagree. I look forward to seeing you around New Hampshire.”