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Quigley Statement on Senate Impeachment Vote

Feb 5, 2020
Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released the following statement after a partisan Senate vote to acquit President Donald Trump on two articles of impeachment after failing to call witnesses or subpoena documents:

“It has been clear from the beginning that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had no intention of pursuing the truth during President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. By failing to call witnesses or request documents, Senate Republicans abdicated their responsibility to hold a full and fair trial. Instead, they have been complicit in a coverup. As we have seen over the last several months, sooner or later, the truth always comes out and history will not look kindly on the Senate’s failure to fulfill their Constitutional duty.

“Regardless, of the Senate’s vote today, Mitch McConnell cannot erase what we now know about the President. Since the opening of the House impeachment inquiry, the American people have learned about how President Trump abused his office by attempting to coerce a foreign nation into interfering in the 2020 presidential election. He smeared anybody who dared speak out against him, consistently defied the law, and made every effort to obstruct and interfere with the Congressional investigations into his actions. This is precisely the type of behavior the founders created impeachment to address. Senate Republicans’ unwillingness to act in defense of our democracy is a travesty.

“As long as I remain in Congress, I will not stop working to hold the President accountable for his actions.”

Earlier this year, Quigley voted in favor of the articles of impeachment after playing an important role in the House impeachment inquiry. As a member of the Intelligence Committee, Quigley participated in each of the Committee’s public impeachment inquiry hearings, including questioning former Ambassador Marie “Masha” YovanovitchVice President Pence aide Jennifer Williams and  Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, and Ambassador Kurt Volker.