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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Cole Votes No on Articles of Impeachment

December 18, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Cole opposed both articles.

“Today’s vote sadly marks the climax of a flawed and partisan process that House Democrats used to impeach President Trump, and I am very concerned that they did so with questionable evidence and on insufficient grounds. In the short term, this sharpens partisanship and political differences nationwide, but it will also make it much more difficult to enact meaningful and bipartisan legislation in the future. More alarming in the long term, this action sets an unfair precedent that runs the risk of legitimizing impeachment as an acceptable weapon that can now be used in partisan political warfare. That should concern every single one of us.”

As Ranking Member of the House Rules Committee, Cole participated in the committee’s hearing yesterday which set the terms of debate for the impeachment articles on the House floor. Earlier today during rule debate, he also made extensive remarks on the House floor.

Video Cole’s opening remarks in yesterday’s Rules hearing available here and his floor remarks from today here.

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