Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05) released the following statement after her vote in favor of articles of impeachment against President Trump in the wake of his incitement of an insurrection:
“I take no joy in casting a vote to condemn one of the darkest acts we have seen in American history,” said Rep. Hayes.
“As I cast this vote today, I must now walk amongst thousands of troops deployed to defend our Capitol against insurrectionists.
“I echo the words of Liz Cheney, leader in the Republican conference, ‘The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.’
“Today, I cast my vote to impeach President Donald J. Trump in solemn defense of our democracy, respect for our Constitution, and preservation of the Union. I pray that our nation comes together at this harrowing time.”
Rep. Jahana Hayes has been a public school teacher in Connecticut for more than 15 years and was recognized in 2016 as the National Teacher of the Year.
Rep. Hayes sits on the Committees on Education & Labor and Agriculture and proudly represents Connecticut’s 5th District.