Allred Statement on Articles of Impeachment

December 13, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32), today released the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee voted to move forward on Articles of Impeachment: 

“I swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution and I thought it was important that the American people see and hear the testimony in a public setting at the hearings by the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees. 

“After reviewing the evidence and testimony delivered to Congress, I have determined that the articles of impeachment are appropriate. Next week I intend to vote yes, as it is clear the President engaged in an abuse of his authority, putting himself above the law, and his personal interests above the nation’s. 

“After reviewing weeks of testimony from dedicated, non-partisan public servants, Trump Administration officials, the Administration’s own call summary and the whistleblower’s report; it is clear that the President attempted to bribe the leader of a foreign nation to smear a political rival and to undermine our next election. 

“These uncontroverted facts are an unacceptable violation of his oath of office and constitute an impeachable abuse of power. This is a somber moment for our nation, and I have not reached this decision lightly. 

“Throughout this process, I was guided by the Constitution and the values I learned growing up in North Texas. This is not about partisan politics, it is about protecting our democracy and fulfilling my role as a member of a co-equal branch of government tasked with upholding the rule of law.

“I will not allow this process to distract me from the important work of delivering real results for North Texas families. Just this week we forged an agreement with the President on trade with Mexico and Canada, helping to secure tens of thousands of jobs in North Texas. We passed a sweeping bill that will significantly lower prescription drug costs, in many cases by as much as 50 percent. That important work continues.

“I will keep fighting every day for priorities important to North Texas and defending the North Texas values we all share.”