Washington (September 24, 2019) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released the following statement after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced the House of Representatives will open a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.


“It is an ignominious moment in our history that Donald Trump has provided evidence in droves that he should be impeached,” said Senator Markey. “Even before the latest wrongdoing involving Ukraine, Donald Trump welcomed foreign interference in our elections to serve his personal and political interests. He obstructed Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. He engaged in unprecedented obstruction of Congressional efforts to engage in constitutionally authorized oversight of his administration, including refusing to comply with duly issued subpoenas. Emboldened by his stonewalling, Donald Trump doubled down, acknowledging that he withheld foreign aid from Ukraine as he threatened that country’s president into investigating and smearing his political opponent, resulting in the unlawful withholding of a whistleblower complaint that brought the matter to light. 


“Donald Trump, by his words and deeds, has left Congress with no choice but to begin an impeachment proceeding in order to protect our national security, our election security, our rule of law, indeed, our very democracy. There is no place for Donald Trump to hide.”