Tuesday on the House floor, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) called for impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
The number of House Democrats supporting an impeachment inquiry has grown steadily in recent months, but allegations that Trump threatened to make military aid conditional on the Ukrainian government investigating former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter have led to a flood of calls for an inquiry even among Democrats in swing districts, as reported by The Hill.
“Today I come with a heavy heart deeply concerned about the future of our democracy, and I’m not alone,” Lewis said.
Lewis claimed he shares concerns of his constituents about “impeachment” and that “it keeps him up at night”.
“Sometimes I’m afraid to go to sleep for fear that I will wake up and our democracy will be gone and never return,” he said.
“Every turn, this administration demonstrates complete disdain and disregard for ethics, for the law and for the Constitution,” Lewis said, accusing the Trump administration of stonewalling various House investigations. (Continued Below)
“The people have a right to inquire, they have a right to know … whether they can put their faith and trust in the outcome of our elections … whether the cornerstone of our democracy was undermined by people sitting in the White House today … whether the President is using his office to line his pockets,” Lewis stated.
“We cannot delay!” he declared. “We must not wait. Now is the time to act. I have been patient while we tried every other path and used every other tool. We will never find the truth unless we use the power given to the House of Representatives and the House alone to begin an official investigation as dictated by the Constitution.”
He went on to claim, “The future of our democracy is at stake. I believe, I truly believe, the time to begin impeachment proceedings against this President has come. To delay or to do otherwise, would betray the foundation of our democracy.” (Video Below)
Rep. Lewis’ official remarks: