“Second only to declaring war, impeaching a President and overturning the results of an election is the most significant action that Congress can take,” Fitzpatrick said in a statement. “Impeachment is a constitutional nuclear option of last resort. Historical precedent demands that this only occurs in the most extreme of circumstances, and should happen only after a formal law enforcement investigation where independent, non-partisan factual findings of criminal activity are presented to Congress.
“As a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, any legitimate investigation must be completely nonpartisan, must be 360 degrees in its scope, must leave no stone unturned, must not prejudge the outcome, must follow the facts wherever they lead and must report those facts with unimpeachable integrity,” he continued. “None of those elements have occurred here. This rushed impeachment inquiry was poisoned from the very start when House leadership made the irresponsible decision to place this investigation in the hands of Chairman Schiff’s Intelligence Committee rather than referring the matter to law enforcement to conduct the fact-finding.
“By pursuing an entirely partisan path with an artificial timeline and a predetermined outcome, and with the issue at hand being as serious as the overturning of the results of an election, House leadership has set a very dangerous precedent for our nation, and one which I will not support,” Fitzpatrick added.
Democratic candidate (PA-01) Judi Reiss on Tuesday blasted Fitzpatrick’s decision.
“I’m not surprised by Brian’s decision to vote ‘no,’ but I am disappointed in his lack of leadership,” said Reiss. “He called for an investigation by law enforcement, but continuously fails to defend them, including his former agency, even as they’ve been attacked by his colleagues. He said we need to hear from everyone, then allowed the administration to block witnesses. He called the hearings partisan and a circus, using his own party’s talking points and undermining the seriousness of the process. His contradictory statements and abysmal attendance record during testimony proves, from the very beginning, Brian was never committed to finding the truth.
“Now more than ever, the people of this district deserve fearless leadership,” concluded Reiss. “Something I believe Brian has failed to live up to.”
Concerned citizens and grassroots activists will gather at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday outside Fitzpatrick’s Langhorne office to urge him to vote for the impeachment of President Trump.
“The president is charged with abuse of power and obstructing Congress,” said Laura Rose, Grassroots Organizing Chair for PA Statewide Indivisible. “After hearing from 17 witnesses and listening to the case put forward by both the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, it’s clear that the president did both. We are urging Representative Fitzpatrick to recognize that our democracy is in grave danger, and to do his job and uphold his oath to protect and defend the Constitution.”