WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Reed and other Republicans introduced a concurrent resolution to “censure” President Donald Trump for allegedly attempting to unlawfully overturn the 2020 Presidential Election and for violating his oath of office on Jan. 6.
Reed and his colleagues say lawmakers have two responsibilities in the wake of the violence that occurred at the U.S. Capital: Hold the president “accountable for his actions” … “Calm and heal the fever-pitch tensions in our country”
Reed and his colleagues also believe that “forcing a time-consuming and divisive trial in the Senate” would undermine President-elect Joe Biden’s ability to govern at the beginning “and most critical time of his presidency.”
Due to these concerns, Reed and his colleagues “support a bipartisan, bicameral censure that ensures that the Congress — the House and the Senate — can unite to hold the president accountable by putting it on the record that Congress condemns the president’s conduct and for violating his oath of office on Jan. 6, 2021.”
The resolution that they have brought forward asks Congress to publicly state that Trump has “acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law.” They also want Congress to “censure and condemn” Trump for “trying to unlawfully overturn the 2020 Presidential election and violating his oath of office.”
They also believe Congress should “affirm that Joseph R. Biden, Jr. was duly elected as the 46th President of the United States on Nov. 3, 2020, was certified as the winner of the 2020 Presidential election by a Joint Session of Congress and he will be lawfully sworn in to office on Jan. 20, 2021.”
“This is an important step to hold the President accountable. Congress must make clear that it rejects extremism and condemns the President’s actions. We will continue to push for congressional leaders to work with us on investigating the events surrounding this dark period in our history and make sure it never happens again with the public’s trust in our democratic institutions restored,” said Reed.