Updated January 13
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) provided remarks today on the floor of the House of Representatives on why she will vote to impeach President Trump. You can view the remarks below and video here.
“Let us not mince words about what happened last week. It was a violent attempt to interrupt our democratic process. It was a targeted blow at the most essential process that makes us a democracy. And it was directly and specifically incited by the President of the United States. For years, we have been asked to turn a blind eye to the criminality, corruption, and blatant disregard for the rule of law from this tyrant in the White House. We as a nation can no longer look away. The President not only incited an insurrection against our government, but has in word and deed, led a rebellion. We cannot simply move past this or turn the page. For us to be able to survive as a functioning democracy, there has to be accountability. The very administration officials who have been complicit in his crimes cannot be relied upon. We must impeach and remove this President from office immediately so that he cannot threaten our democracy and the world any longer or hold public office ever again.”
Updated January 11
“I just introduced my impeachment resolution.
“The full House will now vote on a measure calling on Vice President Pence and the cabinet to remove President Donald Trump under the 25th amendment. If Pence does not act, the House will move to impeach this week.
“So far I have signed onto the following bills and letters to hold this president accountable:
“Together, we will hold this president accountable and restore our democracy.”
The articles of impeachment are cosponsored by Representatives Payne, Jr., Huffman, Newman, Rush, Schakowsky, Wilson, Espaillat, Swalwell, Hayes, Velázquez, Clarke, DeSaulnier, Torres, Horsford, Kirkpatrick, Carson, Watson Coleman, Connolly, Gomez, Blumenauer, Eshoo, Takano, Demings, Kahele, Cohen, Napolitano, Norton, Jayapal, Higgins, Castor, Cooper, Barragan, Tonko, Pocan, Pingree, Kildee, Davis, Lynch, Meng, Dean, Lawrence, Smith, Yarmuth, Blunt Rochester, Price, Lee, Torres, Grijalva, Castro, Williams, Kaptur, Auchincloss, Garcia, Brown, Speier, Trahan, Jackson Lee, Roybal-Allard, Beatty, Keating, McGovern, Moulton, Jacobs, Leger Fernandez, Adams, Cardenas, Meeks, Waters, Sarbanes, Clark, Bonamici, and Jeffries.
You can read the full text of the resolution here.
From January 7
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar has drawn up articles to impeach President Donald J. Trump for “his high crimes and misdemeanors,” she stated. As of January 7, roughly 60 representatives have signed on to the effort.
Omar described the mob — which interrupted Wednesday’s proceedings to certify the victory of President-elect Joseph R. Biden — as a targeted blow at “the most essential process that makes us a democracy.” She was quick to highlight President Trump’s role in the action.
“This is incitement, plain and simple, of a coup attempt against our government,” she said, before stating how she quickly found a secure location once the mob broke entry.
In addition, Omar called on Congress to reconvene immediately in order to address the failure of law enforcement to secure the U.S. Capitol. She called on security officials to resign.
“There is nothing magical about our democracy that will rise up and save us,” Omar said. “It took hard and dedicated work to build the democratic processes we cherish today and it will take the hard and dedicated work of people who love this country to protect it.”
Omar expressed that President-elect Biden’s administration is tasked with bringing the country “back from this brink,” as well as addressing a group of citizens who no longer accept “our shared reality.”
Since taking office in 2019, Omar has endured numerous verbal attacks from President Trump. She expressed that the January 6 incident offers further proof of President Trump’s danger.
“I, in ways, feel vindicated as someone who has raised the alarm; in some ways feel saddened that what we thought could be possible, has been made possible,” Rep. Omar stated. “For a long time I have felt the threat and the weight of what it meant to be targeted by the President of the U.S. Although I have appreciated the support of my constituents and the public, many of my colleagues have not fully understood just how inciteful and dangerous the President could be.”
Omar acknowledged the challenges of 2020, but stated that yesterday’s mob was “a targeted attempt against those who have taken an oath to serve our country — and the response needs to be different.”
“I can’t really express how torturous it is … to know there are members of Congress whose lives have been changed forever by a physical threat that came because of the president of our country. We should all be embarrassed and angry as a nation.”
Omar has sent notice of the articles of impeachment to Speaker Pelosi’s office and is awaiting reply. The motion to impeach must originate in the House and be voted on by the U.S. Senate.
Other representatives are responding to the January 6 incident by invoking the 25th Amendment, which would allow the President to be removed from office if Vice President Pence and a majority of his cabinet deem him unable to do his job.
Rep. Omar says she feels obligated by the U.S. Constitution to impeach.