Washington, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier issued the following statement after voting for the impeachment of President Donald John Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors.

“Today, I voted for House Resolution 24 – Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.

President Trump organized, baited, engaged, encouraged, and unleashed thousands of armed insurrectionists who laid siege to our nation’s capitol on January 6 with the goal of overthrowing our government, murdering the Vice President and the Speaker of the House, and stopping the certification of the November 2020 election results that declared Joseph R. Biden the next President of the United States of America.

Their goal has been clearly stated: Destruction of our democracy to establish an autocracy. They want a government in which those who disagree, who look different, who think for themselves, who worship differently or don’t worship at all, and—most importantly—who don’t kowtow to Trump are shutdown.

While Trump has been effective at sewing discord, deepening divisions, spreading distortions, and speaking outright lies over and over until they take hold in the minds of his followers, we haven’t been effective at pushing back—until now. Until the Speaker of the House was almost killed. Until the Vice President of the United States was almost killed. And until any other Member who had been found in the gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives had been rooted out and killed.

If inciting an insurrection isn’t an impeachable offense, nothing is. The Capitol has now been turned into a warzone and we are bracing for further attacks. We’re not doing this for the next 8 days, we’re doing this to protect the next 800 years of this democracy.

There are profiles in courage in the Republican ranks that deserve to be recognized and that have led the way for their colleagues to finally take back control of their party. We owe a debt of gratitude to Congresswoman Liz Cheney, the third highest ranking Republican in the house, for showing true leadership and her colleagues who have joined her in ensuring that they are counted on the right side of history.

To them, I say thank you. Together, we can overcome the damage wrought by President Trump and mend the tattered fabric of our country for the good of all Americans.”