Rep. Joe Neguse: “Conservative, liberal, or anything else—no president can do what President Trump did.”


Rep. Ted Lieu speaks of Trump’s lack of remorse

Rep. Jamie Raskin: Trump failed to discourage violence among his supporters

Rep. Joaquin Castro explains how Capitol attack threatened national security

Rep. Ted Lieu disputes Trump claim that swift impeachment denied due process 

Rep. Diana DeGette provides evidence of Trump’s incitement of rioters: “Who sent them here?” “The attack was done for Donald Trump” “We know that because they said so”


Rep. Diana DeGette: “The insurrectionists argued with law enforcement that they shouldn’t even be fighting them, because they believed that the commander-in-chief was ordering this.”

Rep. Diana DeGette: “All of these people who were arrested and charged, they are being held accountable for their actions. Their leader, the man who incited them, must be held accountable as well. But as I said earlier, you don’t have to take my word for it, that the insurrectionists acted at Donald Trump’s direction. They said so. They were invited here. They were invited by the President of the United States.”

Rep. Jamie Raskin: “The president praised a Republican candidate who assaulted a journalist as ‘my kind of guy.'”

Rep. Jamie Raskin: “There’s nothing in the First Amendment or anywhere else in the Constitution that can excuse your betrayal of your oath of office. It’s not a free speech question.”

Rep. Jamie Raskin: “Let’s say that he was just another guy in the crowd that day. It is a bedrock principle that nobody, nobody, can incite a riot. The First Amendment doesn’t protect it. Key case: Brandenburg v. Ohio. There is no First Amendment protection for speech directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and likely to produce such action.”

Rep. Jamie Raskin: “This is a classic case of incitement.”

Rep. Jamie Raskin: “I mention the Brandenburg standard, not because it applies here, because of course it doesn’t, since this is an impeachment.  It’s not a criminal trial.  There’s no risk of jail time.  Let’s be clear about that. The president doesn’t go to jail for one week, one day, one hour, or one minute based on impeachment and conviction and disqualification from further office.  Rather, I mention it to emphasize that nobody in America would be protected by the First Amendment if they did all the things that Donald Trump did.”

Rep. Jamie  Raskin: “Nobody forced Trump to run for president and to swear an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution on January 20, 2017. But when he did, by virtue of swearing that oath and entering this high office, he took upon himself a duty to affirmatively take care that our laws would be faithfully executed under his leadership. All of the laws. The laws against destruction of property. All of the laws. We expected him in everything he said, in everything he did, to protect, preserve, and defend our constitutional system. Including the separation of powers. But instead, he betrayed us, and as Representative Cheney said, it was the greatest betrayal of a presidential oath in the history of the United States of America.”

Rep. Joe NeGuse: “Here you have the President of the United States telling his supporters that their voice, that their rights as Americans, were being stolen from them.  Ripped away.  That made them angry. Angry enough to ‘stop the steal,’ to ‘fight like hell’ to stop the steal.”

Rep. Joe NeGuse: “On that day, where did he direct the crowd’s ire?  He directed them here, to Congress.  He quite literally at one part of that speech pointed at us.  He told them to ‘fight like hell, and if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country any more.’  He told them, ‘When you catch somebody in a fraud, you’re allowed to go by very different rules.'”

Rep. Joe NeGuse: “His message was crystal clear, and it was understood immediately by his followers.” 

Rep. Joe NeGuse: “He cared more about pressing his efforts to overturn the election than he did about saving lives—our lives.”

The Life and Liberty Report