Statement of Rep. Peter Welch Regarding Speaker Pelosi’s Announcement on Impeachment
“I applaud and strongly support the decision by Speaker Pelosi to commence impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
“By his own admission, the President pressured a foreign leader to take action that would directly benefit his reelection campaign. It appears he did so shortly after he directed his staff to suspend the pending release of a congressionally approved foreign aid package to that country. And his Justice Department has blocked Congress from receiving a whistleblower’s complaint about his actions which violates a federal statute that unequivocally requires its submission to Congress.
“In taking these actions, President Trump willfully put his own political interests above the national security interests of the American people.
“Throughout his presidency, he has established a clear pattern of disregard for the rule of law and our constitutional system of checks and balances. And he has repeatedly violated his oath of office to preserve, protect and defend our Constitution.
“I continue to support his impeachment.”
Rep. Welch is a member of the House Intelligence Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. He announced his support for the impeachment of President Trump on July 18, 2019.