Farley blasts impeachment vote

Republican congressional candidate Chele Chiavacci Farley condemned the House Democrats’ vote to impeach President Trump on Wednesday as a partisan maneuver with no legal basis and the fulfillment of a Democratic quest since Trump took office.

Farley, who plans to challenge Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney next year for New York’s 18th Congressional District seat, quoted hearing testimony by a law professor who warned that Trump’s impeachment would stand out as the “shortest¬†proceeding, with the thinnest evidentiary record, and the narrowest grounds ever used to impeach a president.” She argued that Democrats’ “abuse of power” should “terrify all Americans, regardless of party affiliation.”

“The Democrats have not made their case,” Farley said. “They have not clearly explained the egregious crimes for which President Trump is being impeached.”

Maloney, taking his turn in the marathon debate that preceded the vote, argued in his floor statement that the evidence had proved clearly that Trump had “abused the power of his office for personal gain and sought to cover up his misconduct by obstructing the Congress.”

“It is the president, not any member of this House, who has brought us to this sad place,” the Cold Spring Democrat said. “His actions echo in this chamber and, like a tin can tied to his leg, will rattle behind him through the pages of history.”

He summarized actions Trump had taken that he called “unworthy of the presidency,” including his refusal to provide records Congress requested, and cast the vote as a matter of accountability and precedent.

“Today is about right and wrong and whether we still know the difference,” he said. “Today, we hold the president accountable. If we failed to do so, future presidents would see corruption as without consequence –¬†and there, our democracy goes to die.”

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