Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman David Cicilline (1st Congressional District of Rhode Island)
WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) questioned witnesses today during the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report and the Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment Report.
A link to the full line of questioning and excerpts are included below:
This has been one of the most productive Congresses in modern history. We’ve passed nearly 400 pieces of legislation that respond to the urgent priorities of the American people: driving down health care costs, raising wages for the American worker, responding to gun violence, providing equal pay for equal work, responding to the climate crisis. 275 of those bills are fully bipartisan, and 80% of those bills are sitting on the Senate Majority Leader’s desk awaiting action. So we will continue to deliver on the important priorities of the American people, but we were also elected to hold this President accountable. We took an oath of office that said to protect and defend the Constitution, and that’s what we’re engaged in today.
As we heard from Bill Taylor, who is a graduate of West Point and a decorated combat veteran who served in the Vietnam war – Ukraine, then and now, is in an active war with the Russians. Russia stole part of their country in Crimea and has killed more than 10,000 Ukrainians and weakening Ukraine would only benefit Russia.
Against the consensus of his own agencies and national security experts, the President used Congressionally appropriated funds to advance his own political interests at the expense of our national security. This action is a threat to the integrity of our elections and the sanctity of our democracy. President Trump must not get away with this. No one in this country, including the President of the United States, is above the law.