Congressman Harley Rouda's Statement on Support of an Impeachment Inquiry
Washington, D.C. - Representative Harley Rouda (CA-48) issued the following statement:
With Special Counsel Mueller’s public testimony anticipated before two House committees this Wednesday, July 24, I know many of my constituents are concerned about the findings of the report and its meaning for our country. Many will want to know where I stand on the matter of opening an impeachment inquiry into the President’s activities.
I came to Washington to get things done for Orange County. By finding common ground across the aisle the past six months, I have been the most legislatively productive freshman member of Congress. I’ve introduced and passed bills with broad bipartisan support in both the House and Senate to protect our national security and economy from Chinese threats, and to boost federal research funding for small businesses in Orange County, just two examples of the results of our office’s hard work.
I raise these points because delivering for the people of Orange County has been, and will continue to be, my first priority. But one non-negotiable duty to my constituents is protecting the Constitution. After reading the entirety of Robert Mueller's report (twice), and witnessing the Trump Administration fail repeatedly to comply with constitutionally sanctioned subpoenas from Congress, I have decided to support the opening of an impeachment inquiry.
This isn't about party— this is about country. I voted against my Democratic colleague, Rep. Al Green's, recent impeachment resolution, as I felt it was a partisan attack that neither addressed my concerns nor had any clear reasoning.
Our country was attacked by Russia, an adversary whose authoritarian government is threatened by our country’s prosperity and values. As long as the President denies the attack and obstructs efforts to obtain more information and prevent further attacks, Russia will be emboldened to attack us again.
I took a solemn oath to the constitution, as did the President. That oath means something to me. We cannot allow the administration to ignore the Constitution when it pleases them, and incur damage to our country and our system of laws. It is my sworn responsibility to prevent that outcome, regardless of the political consequences.
To be clear: while they may sound the same, an impeachment inquiry is not the same thing as supporting impeachment. Opening an inquiry empowers a court to enforce the subpoenas that the Trump Administration has unilaterally (and, in my view, unconstitutionally) decided they don’t have to respond to. In fact, my hope is that opening an inquiry will allow Congress to gather the information we need to conclude these investigations without impeaching the President, which would only serve to further divide the country. However, until the executive branch ends its obstruction of its constitutional obligations , I will support any tools, including an impeachment inquiry, to support and defend the Constitution, as I swore to do.