Statement From Congressman Pappas On Articles Of Impeachment

December 15, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) released the following statement on the articles of impeachment coming before the House of Representatives this week:

"The people of New Hampshire sent me to Congress to change how Washington works and to make a difference in the lives of families across the district that I’ve called home my entire life. My colleagues in the House and I have passed legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs, rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, protect our drinking water, and ensure that veterans get the care and services they have earned. We have more work to do, and I committed to bringing people together around solutions.

Granite Staters also sent me to Congress to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and uphold our system of checks and balances. It is with those responsibilities in mind that I supported the creation of an inquiry into President Trump’s actions with respect to Ukraine.

This week, the House of Representatives will consider two Articles of Impeachment from the Judiciary Committee that was the product of that inquiry.

Article 1 charges the President of the United States with abuse of power. Using the powers of his high office, $391 million in U.S. military assistance, and the promise of a White House meeting, President Trump solicited the interference of a foreign government for his own personal political benefit.

Article 2 charges the President of the United States with obstruction of Congress. Early in this inquiry, the White House declared that it would not cooperate and has directed members of the Executive Branch and federal agencies not to comply with requests for testimony, documents, and information.

I have reviewed the articles and the underlying evidence and testimony very closely. I have heard from constituents on all sides of this issue. Ultimately, this comes down to the facts, the Constitution, and my conscience. What the President has done is blatantly wrong, and I will not stand idly by when a President compromises the rule of law and our national security for his own personal political benefit.

I will support both articles when they come to the floor for a vote. The President abused the powers of his office and obstructed Congress as it sought to put facts on the table for the American people and hold him accountable. Our nation’s founders created a government with shared powers and co-equal branches of government. They gave us the presidency—not a monarchy. They created a system where no one is above the law, even the President of the United States. If Congress does not act in this case where bright Constitutional lines have been crossed, we dishonor the wisdom of our founders and undermine the institutions of our democracy.

This is a solemn time for our country, and this decision is one I make with a heavy heart. But we must be clear: the President of the United States has brought this upon us. Members of Congress have no choice but to uphold our oath of office and pass these articles of impeachment.”