Following Inaction from VP, Trump Cabinet, O'Halleran Calls for Impeachment Proceedings
WASHINGTON—Today Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) announced he would support impeachment proceedings to formally remove President Donald J. Trump from office if the president’s Cabinet did not invoke the 25th Amendment to do so. O’Halleran issued the following statement:
“This week, I announced my support for the use of the 25th Amendment to remove Donald Trump from office for the part he has played in an attempted coup and violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol that took the lives of five Americans, including a Capitol Police officer.
“Today, it’s clear to me that the Vice President and President Trump’s Cabinet have no intention of taking action. Moreover, we’ve seen just how quickly things can escalate; with American blood on his hands, Donald Trump should not remain in the highest seat of power in the free world for even the next 11 days.
“I am joining my colleagues on a resolution to draw up Articles of Impeachment to remove Donald Trump from office, preventing him from becoming a further threat to our national security.
“As a former law enforcement officer and criminal investigator, I spent my career gathering facts and evidence to pursue truth and justice. Today, I am using the facts at hand to inform my decision to act to remove a threat to our nation: Donald Trump refused to concede in a free and fair election and incited insurrection by domestic terrorists who scaled walls and strode armed through our Capitol, threatening lives and desecrating the building that represents our very democracy.
“In our democracy, we hold elected officials accountable when they break the public trust and put their own interests before the good of our country.”
Formal impeachment of Donald Trump in the House and conviction in the Senate, regardless of date completed, could ensure “disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States,” according to the U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 3, Clause 7. Removal by both Houses of Congress without disqualification would deprive Trump of the $219,000 a year pension and subsidies to maintain an office and staff granted to all former presidents.
O’Halleran joins 185 other representatives as an original cosponsor of a yet unnumbered House Resolution, which will be formally introduced Monday, January 11, during a Pro Forma session of Congress.
The Resolution states, in part, “In his conduct of the office of President of the United States—and in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed— Donald John Trump engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by willfully inciting violence against the Government of the United States.” View the resolution, HERE.
This week, O’Halleran called for use of the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office. In calling for use of the Amendment, O’Halleran said, “Donald Trump’s acts as president are unprecedented and unacceptable in our democracy. Even before Election Day, he repeatedly told supporters that if he lost, it would be due to fraud. After the election, he refused to admit defeat, even after courts denied over sixty lawsuits attempting to change the outcome. Starting in mid-December, he called his supporters to our capital city for January 6, promising a 'wild' time. He continued to undermine trust in our free and fair election, repeating that the election was being stolen, inciting insurrection by domestic terrorists who scaled walls and strode armed through our Capitol, threatening people’s lives and desecrating the building that represents our very democracy.” View O’Halleran’s full statement from January 8, HERE.