Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., came out strongly Wednesday against "these horrible articles of impeachment" against President Donald Trump, saying they are being used as weapons to "undo the solemn decision of the American people."
"I rise today in strong opposition to the articles of impeachment against President Trump," King, who is retiring next year after 14 terms on Capitol Hill, said during floor debate.
"Exactly 21 years ago today, I spoke on this floor in opposition to the impeachment of President [Bill] Clinton," he continued. "And 21 years ago tomorrow, I voted against all four articles of impeachment of President Clinton.
"Today's articles of impeachment against President Trump are an assault on our Constitution and the American people," King continued.
"To impeach a president for a phone call for which no crime is charged, never mind a high crime, and for asserting his constitutional prerogatives as president is a clear abuse of power by the Congress.
"It sets the dangerous precedent of weaponizing impeachment to undo the solemn decision of the American people," the congressman argued.
The House was expected to vote later Wednesday on the impeachment articles, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, against the president.
"President Trump and I grew up in the same borough of New York City," King said, referring to Queens. "Today, I am proud to stand with President Trump and urge a 'no' vote on these horrible articles of impeachment.
"I strongly urge a 'no' vote."
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