Press Release

Rep. Cuellar’s Statement on Impeachment

Washington | Charlotte Laracy, DC Press Secretary (202-226-1583); Leslie Martinez, District Press Secretary (956-286-6007), December 18, 2019

As an attorney, I have represented clients before judges and juries and found that if anyone had prejudged a case, it would be considered a disqualification. I made a commitment to my constituents from the very beginning of this process that I would only decide my vote after hearing the evidence and arguments on both sides.

Now that the arguments and facts have been presented, I have decided to vote for both articles of impeachment. The House investigations made it clear: the President pressured a foreign government for his own political gain while withholding congressionally-approved foreign aid, compromising our national security. Additionally, the President obstructed Congress by refusing to cooperate with any attempt to gather the facts.

I did not come to Washington to impeach a President; I ran for Congress to pass meaningful legislation for the district that elected me. This process brings me no joy, however, as a member of Congress, I have an obligation to protect our Constitution and our nation from abuses of power.

A failure to vote yes would be a repudiation of my Constitutional responsibility to check the President and balance our democracy. The President is not above the law, and this Congress must hold him accountable for his actions.

I want to stress that we are still legislating. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed 275 bipartisan bills that address making college affordable, keeping our communities safe, growing small businesses, and lowering healthcare costs for the middle class. Soon we will ratify the USMCA, the largest trade deal that will significantly help farmers, manufacturers, workers and consumers in my district and across the country.

I will continue to do the job that the people of Texas’s 28th Congressional District have elected me to do, which is to legislate for my constituents and protect our democracy.

 

To see the Key Findings from the Select Committee on Intelligence, click here.

To see the Trump Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report, click here.