Washington, DC -- Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), Chair of the Whistleblower Protection Caucus, issued the following statement today, reiterating her call for impeachment proceedings and inherent contempt.

"Democracy is a powerful concept, yet more fragile than we like to think. We have taken it as a birthright for 243 years because, for all intents and purposes, it has never been challenged in this way. Presidents have generally respected the rule of law, the roles of institutions, and the values of checks and balances.

All of that is changing now. Frantic calls to my office have increased, people have become more hopeless and more fearful. So have Members of Congress.

Sometimes it takes a 16 year old to say it like it is, to yell out that the emperor has no clothes, to shake us out of our fog of ennui.

Shame on us for allowing this corrupt man to steal the presidency, to allow him to abuse the office of the presidency to benefit himself personally, to trample on the poor and dispossessed and spew out hateful language about others who don’t look like him.

The President is now being accused of withholding taxpayer-funded security aid from a foreign nation as a threat for not conducting research against his political opponent. This is the height of corruption. We cannot ignore this.

No more. We must act now. The Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire must present us with the whistleblower complaint and the unredacted transcript of the call between the President and Ukrainian President Zelensky on Thursday. If he fails to do so, he must be held in inherent contempt by the House by being fined each day until he complies with Congressional oversight

All others that have thumbed their noses at the House in pursuing its oversight responsibilities must be held in inherent contempt as well. Playing nice, 'being fair' and cautious has only put our country at greater risk.

And as I’ve said before, we must move forward with an impeachment inquiry. The Constitution established impeachment as the remedy to hold a President accountable for this gross misuse of public trust and authority. If we fail to undertake our sworn duty to protect the Constitution and this country, and to show that law and order still govern our nation, we risk far more than the 2020 elections.

If we don’t act now we won’t have to worry about acting tomorrow. Trump’s autocracy will be complete."