New Hampshire Senators React To President Trump Being Impeached For Second Time
New Hampshire Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan each issued separate statements Wednesday night in wake of President Donald Trump's unprecedented second impeachment.
Although the House of Representatives passed the articles of impeachment on Wednesday, making Trump the first U.S. leader to be impeached by the House on two occasions, impeachment itself is a two-step process and will now move to a trail where Trump could be convicted by the U.S. Senate and removed from office.
Shaheen, who lives on the Seacoast, urged Senate leaders Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer to move swiftly with a trial.
"One year ago, I voted for impeachment because I believed President Donald Trump violated his oath of office and was unfit for the immense responsibility that is required of the United States Commander in Chief," Shaheen wrote in her statement. "I believed it then and I believe it now. For months, the President used his platform and power to spread baseless claims of voter fraud that fanned the flames of dangerous conspiracy theories. His actions culminated with the attempted overthrow of the U.S. Government. Donald Trump emboldened his supporters through a relentless campaign of lies and on January 6 encouraged a mob to march on Congress.
"... The power to impeach is the most solemn and consequential power granted to Congress by the Constitution after the power to declare war," she continued.
The House of Representatives has voted in favor of impeachment and now the Senate is required to fulfill its Constitutional duty and hold a trial."
Hassan also said the Senate needs to move quickly to take up the trial.
“The insurrection that occurred last week will be remembered as one of the grimmest days in the history of our democracy – and the President must be held accountable for spurring this violent attack," Hassan wrote in her statement. "As we seek to hold President Trump accountable for his actions, we must also forge ahead on our bipartisan efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by strengthening the public health response, fixing vaccine distribution, and helping create jobs. We face enormous challenges as a country right now, but we can get through them if we recommit to our shared American values.”