Langevin announces support for impeachment inquiry

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 3:00pm

The following press release was issued to The Block Island Times by the office of U.S. Rep. James Langevin:

WARWICK, R.I.Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement announcing his support for the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s actions:

“The prospect of impeaching a President is not something I take lightly. The power to remove a public official from office is one of the most significant constitutional powers held by Congress, and it must be reserved for extraordinary circumstances. After careful reflection and interaction with my constituents, I believe the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s actions is necessary to gather the evidence Congress needs to make this critical determination. 

“Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report describes Russia’s interference operations in the 2016 election in minute detail. The Mueller Report outlines how the Trump campaign welcomed the assistance of the Russian government during the campaign and how President Trump took steps to undermine the subsequent investigation.

“Director Mueller paints a grim picture of a President who has little concern for the legality of his actions or their implications on American democracy. His actions demand further investigation, particularly with respect to any attempts to obstruct the Russia probe. Unfortunately, the President has stymied Congress’s efforts to access the evidence we have demanded and the witnesses we have subpoenaed. The impeachment inquiry provides Congress clear constitutional standing to obtain the facts.

“Furthermore, every August, I return to Rhode Island to hear from my constituents around the Second District. Many have come to me with their concerns about the President’s conduct and whether he has committed impeachable offenses. The vast majority of feedback that I have received from my constituents has been in support of an impeachment inquiry.

“At this point, the impeachment inquiry must proceed in order for Congress to carry out its Constitutional duties and hold President Trump accountable. The American people deserve the full truth. They deserve the facts. And above all, they deserve a President who respects the rule of law.”