Schumer: 'This Inquiry Was Not Taken Up for Partisan Reasons'

By Susan Jones | September 25, 2019 | 11:22am EDT
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) (Photo: Screen Capture)

( - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, in a floor speech on Wednesday, said the Trump White House and its allies will "rush" to call the Democrat impeachment inquiry a "partisan witch hunt no matter how serious the allegations."

"But let me be clear," Schumer continued, "because I know accusations of partisanship are already being written. This inquiry was not taken up for partisan reasons. It does not prejudge an outcome."

Schumer warned his Republican colleagues that it may fall to them to judge the president's actions, and he reminded them of their constitutional duty:

Our framers, in their wisdom, assigned to one chamber of Congress the right to accuse, and to the other, the right to judge. The House of Reps will investigate and determine whether sufficient evidence exists to accuse the president of an impeachable offense or impeachable offenses.

If it comes to that, the Senate will be the scene of the trial -- senators, the jurors. We must take our responsibility with the utmost gravity. Our framers, not trusting our liberty to one branch of government alone, afraid of the ever-present danger of tyranny of an overreaching executive, provided a remedy to Congress, should the executive attempt to subvert or violate the Constitution of the United States.

We are not yet at the stage where any judgements can be made, one way or another. But I remind my colleagues today, that if the day should come when we are called upon to carry out our constitutional duty, history will judge if each of us acted as a solemn juror of democracy who placed fidelity to the Constitution and our system of government the narrow considerations of partisan politics.



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