Democrat: I Was Convinced By My Kid To Impeach Trump Even Before Ukraine Call
Rep. Jan Schakowsk credits her son for voting on impeachment
Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) claimed her son convinced her to impeach President Donald Trump back in June, a month before Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky which prompted the impeachment inquiry.
“It is my adult son Ian Schakowsky, whom I will always credit for my decision last June to support an impeachment inquiry,” Schakowsky said.
“It had never been my goal to impeach a president, but Ian made such a compelling case.”
“He reminded me of the oath that I have taken 11 times now to support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” Schakowsky added.
“He said, ‘Mom, this is not about politics, this is not about party,’ and pushing back against my arguments, he said, ‘This has nothing to do with the final outcome, it’s about doing the right thing, even if others don’t.'”
“He made me see that it was about my legacy, my modest place in history,” Schakowsky concluded.
“I want to thank you, my son, for helping me do the right thing today, to vote to impeach the President of the United States, Donald Trump because no American is above the law.”
Following eight hours of debate, the House of Representatives voted to impeach a sitting president, charging him with abusing the powers of the presidency and having obstructed Congress.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said during a press conference:
“Dec. 18, a great day for the Constitution of the United States, a sad one for America that the president’s recluse activities necessitated our having to introduce articles of impeachment."
Article one charged Trump with abuse of powers.
Article two charged the president with obstruction of Congress.
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“With today’s illegal, unconstitutional and partisan impeachment, House Democrats are declaring their deep hatred and disdain for American Voters. This lawless and partisan impeachment is a political suicide march for the Democrat Party!”
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Some Democrats pushed back:
Democrat presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard did not vote for either article of impeachment
“I could not in good conscience vote for impeachment because removal of a sitting President must not be the culmination of a partisan process, fueled by tribal animosities that have so gravely divided our country.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) predicted the articles will meet a “quick demise” when it reaches the Senate.
Graham had previously implied he and his Republican colleagues would seek to hold a swift trial.
The South Carolina Republican stated he is “ready to go,” adding that his “goal” is to “end this as soon as possible," during an interview with Fox News.
“I don’t want to give it any legitimacy because it’s a crock,” he told America’s Newsroom.