Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) released the following statement after voting against H.R. 755.
Washington, DC – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) released the following statement after voting against H.Res. 755, Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors, the two articles of impeachment that were introduced last week:
“This is a sad, divisive day for our nation and this institution. The foundation for the articles of impeachment is weak and as such, I voted against H.Res. 755 on the House Floor today.
“Democracy is the foundation for our freedom, and it is our democratic process that has continued to be a beacon of light around the world. We in this institution have a responsibility to the people we serve: to uphold the Constitution and protect this democracy. Impeachment is a serious matter and deserves serious consideration. But this process has usurped the will of the American people and denied them the transparency they deserve and the answers they expected from Congress.
“Ignoring the right of due process, as my colleagues have done, ignores past precedent for impeachment in favor of a highly partisan, politically driven process. It did not help inform the public and it delayed our legislative work on behalf of the people we serve.
“I hope my colleagues across the aisle learn from this moment, recognize the shortfalls in taking these procedural shortcuts, and return in the New Year ready to legislate. We are better when we work together, finding common ground for the good of the country. The American people deserve better than this broken process, and I for one look forward to getting back to work and restoring faith in our government.”