HUDSON — U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, co-sponsored the article of impeachment against President Donald Trump introduced in Congress on Monday.
Delgado is one of over 200 representatives to call for the president’s impeachment following the failed Jan. 6, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol while Congress was in the process of certifying results from the November election.
“On January 6, the President incited a violent insurrection of the Capitol while Congress sought to uphold its constitutional duty to certify election results,” Delgado said in a statement. “Today, I joined more than 200 of my colleagues in introducing an article of impeachment against President Trump. Protecting our democracy from ongoing threats requires swift action.”
The resolution was introduced Monday and calls for the impeachment of the president for high crimes and misdemeanors.
Delgado is one of 15 New York representatives to co-sponsor the article of impeachment as of Monday.
The article of impeachment states Trump incited an insurrection against the U.S. government and that before the joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, he repeatedly issued false statements calling the election results fraudulent and stating they should not be accepted by the American people or be certified by state or federal officials.
The article goes on to say Trump made these false claims to a group of people at The Ellipse, a park south of the White House in Washington D.C., prior to the start of the joint session where he repeated false claims that, “We won this election, and we won it by a landslide.”
Statements made by the president, such as, “If you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore,” incited people in the crowd to attempt to interfere with the certification of the election results, vandalize the Capitol, injure and kill law-enforcement personnel and menace members of Congress, the vice president and congressional personnel, and engage in other violent, deadly, destructive and seditious acts, according to the article of impeachment.
The resolution also states Trump attempted to subvert and obstruct the election certification during a Jan. 2, phone call where the article states Trump urged the secretary of state of Georgia, Brad Raffensperger, to “find” enough votes to be able to overturn Georgia’s presidential election results and threatened Raffensperger if he did not comply.
The resolution states these actions by Trump endangered U.S. security and its institutions. Trump has “demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law,” according to the resolution.
Impeachment and removal from office would disqualify Trump from holding office in the future, according to the resolution.
Delgado also supported impeachment of Trump in 2019. The Senate did not vote to convict in that case.