(Washington, D.C., Friday, January 17, 2020) – There is no joy in the impeachment trial that is  starting in the Senate. As painful as the process is, the Friends Committee on National Legislation fully supports this impeachment as established by the U.S. Constitution.

Although we know how political divisions in our country, reflected in Congress, tear at the fabric of our democracy,  this impeachment is essential to affirm the separation of powers between all branches of government. Under our constitution, Congress has the authority and the obligation to determine if the president has violated his oath of office and harmed the country.

Creating a society with equity and justice, and where no one is above the law, can only happen if all Americans, especially our leaders, conduct ourselves responsibly and courageously.

Diane Randall, general secretary, explains how Congress can strengthen our democracy.

SOUNDBITE #1:

WE HOLD ALL OUR GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS AND OFFICIALS TO RIGOROUS ETHICAL STANDARDS OF FAIRNESS, HONESTY, AND OPENNESS. OUR OFFICIALS MUST AVOID ANY CONFLICT OF INTEREST. CONGRESS NEEDS TO BE GUIDED BY THE FACTS AND THEIR CONSCIENCE TO DECIDE IF PRESIDENT TRUMP ABUSED HIS OFFICE FOR PERSONAL GAIN AND IF HE OBSTRUCTED CONGRESS.

SOUNDBITE #2:

OUR CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES AMONG THE EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATURE, AND JUDICIARY IS CENTRAL l TO OUR DEMOCRACY. CONGRESS’ ROLE IS TO FAIRLY DETERMINE IF THE PRESIDENT VIOLATED HIS OATH OF OFFICE AND HARMED THE COUNTRY.  THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS WILL STRENGTHEN OUR CONSTITUTION, AND UPHOLD THE RULE OF LAW

For more information, visit fcnl.org.

 

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