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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) joined a Senate resolution today to condemn the U.S. House of Representatives’ undemocratic impeachment proceedings and encourage the House to follow established precedent and provide President Donald J. Trump with his constitutional rights and protections. 

Historically, when the House moved to impeach a president, the full House voted on a formal impeachment inquiry.  In this case, Speaker Pelosi replaced the vote with an announcement at a press conference.  Her press conference led to a string of closed-door hearings and investigations that deny President Trump due process and deny the American people transparency.

This resolution calls on the House to follow precedent by having a vote to initiate a formal impeachment inquiry, provide President Trump with due process and allow Republican members to participate fully in the impeachment proceedings, including the authority to issue subpoenas.

“Democrats in the House of Representatives ditched precedent, fairness and the Constitution to try to fix an election that they lost three years ago,” said Sen. Kennedy. “The House has yet to vote on a formal impeachment inquiry, and in the meantime they have stripped President Trump of his right to due process and denied the American people transparency.  We can’t just ignore centuries of precedent and the protections set up in our Constitution.  Democrats musts think the American people are really stupid.”

“Impeachment proceedings should be conducted in full view of the American people, not behind closed doors. House Democrats’ actions are unprecedented. President Trump is entitled to his due process rights, and Americans deserve transparency from their government,” said Dr. Cassidy.