Shaheen Statement on House Vote to Impeach President Trump

January 13, 2021

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted today in favor of impeachment of President Trump.

“One year ago, I voted for impeachment because I believed President Donald Trump violated his oath of office and was unfit for the immense responsibility that is required of the United States Commander in Chief. I believed it then and I believe it now,” said Senator Shaheen. “For months, the President used his platform and power to spread baseless claims of voter fraud that fanned the flames of dangerous conspiracy theories. His actions culminated with the attempted overthrow of the U.S. government. Donald Trump emboldened his supporters through a relentless campaign of lies and on January 6th encouraged a mob to march on Congress. His actions led to the murder of a Capitol Police officer and death of another. Bombs were planted around the Capitol; guns and Molotov cocktails were seized; and insurrectionists stormed Congress with zip ties prepared to take hostages. President Trump encouraged, and in the aftermath of the attack, reassured these terrorists.”

She continued, “Congress must act now to protect the Constitution and our nation from further insurrection and violence. The power to impeach is the most solemn and consequential power granted to Congress by the Constitution after the power to declare war. The House of Representatives has voted in favor of impeachment and now the Senate is required to fulfill its constitutional duty and hold a trial. I urge Leaders McConnell and Schumer to move swiftly.”