December 18, 2019

Casten Votes for Articles of Impeachment

Washington, D.C – Today, U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) released the following statement after he voted in support of both Articles of Impeachment against the President of the United States. Last week, Casten announced his support and earlier today, he spoke on the Floor in favor of the Articles.

Casten said, "Impeaching the President was not a step I foresaw when I began my service as a Representative. However, as an elected official, I took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, against all enemies, foreign and domestic. The Constitution explicitly includes impeachment as a final check against those who would wield executive power in the service of ‘treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors'. These abuses of power are exactly what President Trump committed when he withheld military aid to an ally to pressure a foreign government to investigate a political rival, and then systematically obstructed Congress' ability to learn the truth of his actions. These are the deeply troubling facts that led me to vote for both Articles of Impeachment and uphold my Constitutional responsibility to protect our Nation. No matter the outcome of this process, I will continue to fight to ensure a better future for all and future generations to come, including combating the climate crisis, providing accessible health care, and ensuring a growing economy that benefits all Americans."

Now it is the U.S. Senate's Constitutional responsibility to hold a trial to determine whether to convict the President.