Pelosi Remarks at Engrossment Ceremony Photo Opportunity for Articles of Impeachment and Procession of Impeachment Managers
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined the Impeachment Managers and Committee Chairs for an Engrossment Ceremony photo opportunity for the articles of the impeachment. At the conclusion of the Engrossment Ceremony the Impeachment Managers, led by the House Clerk and the House Sergeant at Arms, proceeded to present the articles of impeachment to the Secretary of the Senate. Below is a full transcript:
Speaker Pelosi. Good afternoon.
As you know, on December 18th, the House of Representatives upheld its constitutional duty and voted articles of impeachment against the President of the United States, Donald Trump. We said in the course of the debate that he did not uphold his oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
The President takes a special oath, a little different from the Congressional oath. With that, in fact, he takes an oath that was taken by President George Washington, the patriarch of our country, in front of whose picture we stand here.
So sad, so tragic for our country that the actions taken by the President to undermine our national security, to violate his oath of office and to jeopardize the security of our elections, the integrity of our elections, has taken us to this place.
So today, we will make history. When the Managers walk down the hall, we will cross a threshold in history, delivering articles of impeachment against the President of the United States for abuse of power and obstruction of the House. As we make that history, we are making progress for the American people, progress in support of our Constitution and progress in honor of the sacrifice and the vision of the Founders, progress and honor of the sacrifice of the men and women in uniform and progress for the future of our children. Make it be very clear that this President will be held accountable, that no one is above the law and that no future president should ever entertain the idea that Article I, excuse me, Article II says that he can do whatever he wants.
And so, with that, I will sign the resolution transmitting the articles of impeachment to the Senate, which will be delivered by our Managers, of whom I’m very proud. When they bring it over to set in motion a process on the Senate side – probably tomorrow and I don't know their schedule, but it may be as soon as tomorrow, and the Senators will take an oath of office. They will take a special oath of office to do impartial justice according to Constitution and the laws.
Let's hope that they uphold that oath that they take tomorrow.
And so now, I am very honored to be here with our six chairmen who worked so hard to help us to uphold the Constitution with their legislating, their investigating, their litigating. You know the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee is part of the Managers, Jerry Nadler; Mr. Schiff, Chairman of the Intelligence Committee – House Committee on Intelligence; Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Chair of the Financial Services Committee, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Madam Chair of the Oversight Committee; Congressman – and Mr. Chairman, Eliot Engel of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Richie Neil, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. We thank them for all of their difficult work.
And we honor our darling Elijah Cummings who said that one day when we are dancing with the angels, what will we say about what we did at this difficult time in our country's history?
And then I'm very proud that Mr. Nadler and Mr. Schiff are part of the Managers, but I want to acknowledge the other Managers who are with us: our Freshmen Members – but I shouldn’t say Freshman, they’ve been here one year and accomplished great things – Congressman Jason Crow of Colorado, Congresswoman Val Demings of the state of Florida, Congresswoman Garcia of Texas – are we all here? Where is Hakeem? – our distinguished Chair of the Caucus Hakeem Jeffries of New York. Is that everybody? And Zoe Lofgren, this is Zoe's third impeachment. She was here for the Nixon impeachment; she was a staffer for a Judiciary Committee member, Don Edwards of California. She was a member of the Judiciary Committee during the Clinton impeachment in her own right a member of the Judiciary Committee and now a member of the Judiciary, Chair of House Administration, which oversees elections – important to all of this – and a Manager. And with that, I thank them all for their leadership and their service.
And I am now going to proceed to sign the articles.
Thank you all. We will lead the way to the Senate side.