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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., spoke on the House floor Wednesday ahead of the unprecedented second House impeachment vote of President Donald Trump.

Welch has cosponsored the impeachment resolution and intends to vote in favor of it later today. The following are his remarks:

"Mr. Speaker, our government is founded on the principle that all power flows from the people.

"Donald Trump challenged this principle in two ways: deceit and violence. The deceit is repeated in baseless assertion of an electoral fraud. The violence was the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6th.

"The mob was assembled by Donald Trump, incited by Donald Trump, and in service of Donald Trump’s effort to overturn through violence what he lost at the voting booth.

"The violent mob breached the Capitol, killed and injured Capitol police, destroyed property, and threatened the Vice President, Members of Congress and staff. All to obstruct the peaceful transfer of power.

"If we want unity, we must have accountability. So, the question before this Congress is: will Congress condone through acquiescence, or condemn through impeachment, Donald Trump’s violent acts to overturn the election?

"Congress must impeach."


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