WASHINGTON DC (December 19, 2019) — Senator Charles "Chuck" Grassley, president pro tempore of the United States Senate, released the following statement regarding the impeachment of the President of the United States by the House of Representatives. 

“This is a sad day for our country. The impeachment of a president is a serious matter.

“Today marks the first partisan impeachment of the President of the United States in modern history. The only bipartisanship the American people witnessed today stood opposed to impeachment. The Framers of the Constitution did not want impeachment to be a partisan process.

“The House of Representatives will soon present articles of impeachment to the Senate. I will examine the evidence of the charges presented before the Senate and uphold my oath and duty as a juror.” 

As president pro tempore of the Senate, Sen Grassley will swear in Chief Justice John Roberts, who will preside over the Senate trial.

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