U.S. Sen. Tina Smith: Why I will vote to remove the president
February 4, 2020
By the time you read this, President Donald Trump's impeachment trial will be nearing its conclusion. Because of the importance of this vote, and the historic nature of only the third presidential impeachment in our history, I want to tell you directly why I will vote to remove the president from office, and where I think we go from here.
I was reluctant to go down the path of impeachment. While I strongly disagree with the president on many issues, impeachment should be a last resort. But then I read the whistleblower report, which alleged nothing less than the president's corrupt abuse of power that had the potential to undermine the 2020 election. For me, this left us no choice but to begin an impeachment inquiry.