REP LIEU STATEMENT ON HOUSE OPENING IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement on the House's move to open an impeachment inquiry into the President.
"Congress has two grave powers: the power to declare war and the power to impeach. Impeachment should never be the first option for Congress. It comes with huge institutional and political implications for our country. It requires careful consideration and strong evidence.
"I have not hidden my frustration with many of Trump’s obstructive and corrupt actions. That’s why I supported the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment investigation from the beginning. I am grateful for the Speaker’s leadership in broadening the inquiry to include other committees’ investigative efforts. Congress now has a duty to examine Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political opponent.
"Trump has ordered his administration to block any and all legitimate Congressional oversight inquiries, making it impossible for us to complete our Constitutional duties. His actions have pushed us to an inflection point. By stonewalling, Trump is telling Americans that he doesn’t have to answer to them. As representatives of the American people, it’s our job to stand up for what’s right.
"That’s why I believe impeachment proceedings are warranted and necessary. As I’ve said before, we’re in the midst of a Constitutional crisis and I believe we must use the full force of the Constitution to resolve it."