Rep. Roy: Impeaching Trump with less than two weeks left would be a 'reckless political statement'

January 8, 2021
Press Release
"By its design, it will only further sow division among the American people and heighten, rather than de-escalate, the tensions we currently feel in our nation."

WASHINGTON —  Rep. Chip Roy (TX-21) released the following statement on Friday in response to some Members of Congress' calls to impeach President Trump:


Some members of Congress are using the circumstances leading to the events on Wednesday to call for impeaching or removing President Trump.  To do so at this point would be a reckless political statement with fewer than two weeks remaining in the President’s term.  By its design, it will only further sow division among the American people and heighten, rather than de-escalate, the tensions we currently feel in our nation.  The same applies for the wrong-headed idea of censuring Republican members of Congress who, on their interpretations of the Constitution, filed Amicus Briefs and chose to object or vote against accepting certain Presidential electors on Wednesday.

After Inauguration Day, we will all have choices to make that will affect the course of not just American — but human — history.  Republicans should remember that our system of choosing a President depends on counting the electors from the states, and to act accordingly.  Democrats should remember that every branch of our government is equally divided and there is no mandate for radicalism, and — if they choose to impose a radical agenda on the people and the states, it will be they who further sow the seeds of division. 

America has drifted away from its ability to agree to disagree under our system of federalism so wisely and carefully crafted by our founders. And while both parties are at fault to a degree for this problem, Democrats’ entire existence is now built upon the evisceration of our federalist system. That must change if we wish to see the current tension dissipate to civil disagreement and to pleasant, patriotic unity.  Unity depends on the embrace of freedom and limited government under the Constitution.