Speaker Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House of Representatives

Dear Colleague on Floor Vote on Articles of Impeachment Against the President

December 17, 2019
Press Release

Dear Democratic Colleague,

Tomorrow, the House of Representatives will exercise one of the most solemn powers granted to us by the Constitution, as we vote to approve two articles of impeachment against the President of the United States.

No Member came to Congress to impeach a President.  But every one of us, as our first act as a Member of Congress, stood on the House Floor, raised our hand and took a sacred oath: “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”  That oath makes us Custodians of the Constitution.  If we do not act, we will be derelict in our duty.

I salute the Chairs of the Committees for the great seriousness and solemnity with which they have proceeded down this path, and for conducting all hearings in a manner that was fair, transparent and deliberative, so that the American people could see the truth for themselves.  Very sadly, the facts have made clear that the President abused his power for his own personal, political benefit and that he obstructed Congress as he demanded that he is above accountability, above the Constitution and above the American people.  In America, no one is above the law.

When the House convenes to take the impeachment vote tomorrow morning, I urge each of you to join me on the Floor.  Our constituents look to us to be respectful of the Constitution and Defenders of our Democracy, and to proceed in a manner worthy of our oath of office to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.

During this very prayerful moment in our nation’s history, we must honor our oath to support and defend our Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic.

With allegiance to our Founders, with our hearts full of love for America, I salute the moral courage of our Democratic Members to Defend our Democracy For The People.

God Bless America!