Kuster Statement on Bipartisan Impeachment of President Trump
**Today, the House impeached President Donald Trump for his role in inciting a violent mob to storm the Capitol on January 6, 2021****Trump became the first president in American history who has been impeached twice**
Concord, January 13, 2021
Concord, N.H. — Today, Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement after the House impeached President Donald Trump with support from both Democrats and Republicans for his role in inciting a violent mob to storm the Capitol and attempt to overturn the results of a free and fair election:
“It is the solemn duty of Congress to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution and the American people and to serve as a check on the executive branch. It is in accordance with that duty that today, I supported the House resolution to impeach President Trump. As the House Judiciary Committee’s report articulates, ‘Impeachment is not a punishment of prior wrongs, but protection against future evils. It is true that President Trump’s remaining term is limited — but a president capable of fomenting a violent insurrection against the Capitol is capable of greater dangers still. He must be removed from office as swiftly as the Constitution allows.’
“For months, this president and his allies lied to the American people — claiming that the election was stolen, vilifying elected officials who upheld their oath to defend the Constitution, and stoking violence across our nation. President Trump incited an insurrection against the United States of America in a violent, failed attempt to overturn the results of a free and fair election. He sought to undermine the will of the people and interfere with the constitutional process, violating not only our American values but also the law. Every day he remains in office, our democracy, and our citizens are at risk.
“President Trump’s actions are beyond dereliction of duty — what took place last week was sedition. It’s our duty to remove him from office and ensure that he is disqualified from holding office in the future. That is why today — joined by several Republican colleagues — I voted for impeachment. I urge the Senate to take action, and protect our democracy from further bloodshed or damage caused by this dangerous president.”
Due to possible COVID exposure during last week's attack, Rep. Kuster voted by proxy as she awaited COVID-19 test results.