Impeachment: Kuster had heavy heart, Pappas said day solemn

  • Chris Pappas AP

Associated Press
Published: 12/19/2019 6:27:06 PM
Modified: 12/19/2019 6:26:56 PM

New Hampshire’s two members of the House of Representatives spoke out about their decisions to support the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster said her votes to impeach Trump Wednesday were made with a heavy heart.

“The evidence and facts are clear and uncontested: President Trump has abused the power of the presidency for his own personal gain at the expense of our national security and the integrity of the 2020 election,” the Democratic congresswoman said in a video message.

Trump became the third U.S. president to be impeached Wednesday. The House voted, mostly along party lines, on two articles of impeachment.

She noted that she had just returned from a trip to Belgium to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. he said her late father, Malcolm McLane, was flying in his P-47 fighter plane when he was shot down during the 1944 battle and spent the final months of World War II in a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp.

Kuster said she reflected on the legacy of her father and all World War II veterans. “Today, we must defend a future worthy of their sacrifice,” she said.

U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas said it was a solemn and serious day for the nation.

Pappas, also a Democrat, said, “I cannot and will not stand idly by when a President compromises the rule of law and our national security for his own personal political benefit.”

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