Jason Crow Trump Impeachment

Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., speaks as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019.

U.S. Rep. Jason Crow said on the House floor Wednesday that his duty to honor the sacrifices of Americans who have defended the country's system of government compels him to vote to impeach President Donald Trump.

"The president’s abuse of power and scorn for our constitutional checks and balances is unprecedented," said Crow, an Aurora Democrat and Army Ranger combat veteran. "Unless we stand up against these abuses, we will set the country on a dangerous new course."

Crow was part of a group of Democratic House members who co-authored an opinion article in September that triggered the impeachment inquiry. The first-term lawmakers, who share military and national security backgrounds, called on Congress to determine whether Trump had withheld military aid to Ukraine to encourage an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden, one of the president's leading political rivals.

"Our founders created a system to ensure we would have no kings or dictators, a system that vested power in the people, to ensure that no man or woman is above the law," Crow said as the historic vote neared on Wednesday.

"Generation after generation, this system has survived because people have fought for it. Today, it is our turn."

Crow said Sunday at a town hall meeting that he intended to vote for the two articles of impeachment approved last week by the House Judiciary Committee, charging Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. His announcement meant that Colorado's seven-member House delegation will vote along party lines to send the case to the Senate, with all four Democrats voting to impeach and all three Republicans voting against it.

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A former Army Ranger and lawyer, Congressman Jason Crow represents Colorado’s Sixth Congressional District, encompassing Aurora and parts of Adams and Douglas Counties. Jason worked his way through college before enlisting in the Army and serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. Upon returning home, Jason struggled to get his veterans benefits so he went to work helping veterans across Colorado. As an attorney, Jason was named Denver’s Pro-bono Lawyer of the Year for work helping service members transition from military to civilian life. A proven reformer, Jason is working to strengthen our democracy and fight the influence of money in politics through ethics and campaign finance reform. The House passed his first bill, the End Dark Money Act, which would close a loophole that allows mega-donors to hide their political contributions, in HR 1: For the People Act. Beyond increasing government transparency, Jason is focused on preventing gun violence, protecting DREAMers and passing comprehensive immigration reform, and combating the effects of climate change.

Below are Crow's full remarks:

"Years ago, I took my first oath to the country, went to war, and fought alongside some of our nation’s finest men and women. Some of them gave their lives for our nation.

"Not a day has passed that I don’t reflect on those sacrifices. I learned during that time that our nation is built on sacrifice. We have overcome challenging times because people have decided to put aside their personal interests, their livelihoods, and yes, even give their lives, to do what’s best for our nation.

"Our founders created a system to ensure we would have no kings or dictators, a system that vested power in the people to ensure that no man or woman is above the law.

"Generation after generation, this system has survived because people have fought for it. Today it is our turn.

"The president’s abuse of power and scorn for our constitutional checks and balances is unprecedented. Unless we stand up against these abuses, we will set the country on a dangerous new course.

"My oath, my love of our country and my duty to honor the sacrifices of those before me require me to act.

"To my colleagues, it is time to put aside our personal and political interests and honor those who have come before us.

"Thank you Madam Speaker, I yield back."

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