WASHINGTON, DC — Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives announced articles of impeachment against President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress:
“Today is a sad and solemn day for America, but a necessary one.
“The House has laid out a clear set of facts that should concern every American. The President solicited foreign interference in the 2020 election, and conditioned official actions upon receiving this assistance for his campaign. He was entrusted with the powers of the presidency to serve the public interest, but instead he’s used them to advance his own interest.
“This situation is exactly the fear that prompted the founders to provide for impeachment. This process is part of the checks and balances intended to preserve the integrity of our democracy, our national security, and the foundational idea that nobody is above the law. The House has a duty to consider articles of impeachment with impartiality, dignity, and respect for our constitutional values and the future health of our Republic.
“This is a time that calls upon every Member of Congress to put country above party. Each member of Congress should search their heart, and ask how they would vote if the President was of the opposite party. That is the integrity that this moment demands.”