Will County-area members of Congress are among those who could vote on two articles of impeachment the House of Representatives unveiled this week against President Donald Trump.
Reps. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, and Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, released statements after the announcement. While both have said they supported the impeachment inquiry, Foster was more direct about his intentions when the vote comes up.
“I intend to vote for them on the floor of the House of Representatives next week,” Foster said.
Foster said that he felt “the facts are clear” about whether Trump abused the power of his office to pressure Ukraine to investigate a political opponent to benefit his reelection campaign. He also said it was “indisputable” that Trump “willfully ignored” subpoenas from Congress, the reason for the second article of impeachment.
While Lipinski said he was “greatly concerned” with Trump’s actions, he did not commit one way or the other on a vote.
“We now have formal articles of impeachment which I will carefully consider in light of the evidence that has been brought forward in the inquiry,” Lipinski said.
If the House Judiciary Committee, and then the House itself approves even one of the articles, abuse of power or obstruction of Congress, Trump will be only the third U.S. president to be impeached. The Senate would then have to conduct a trial where two-thirds of the members would need to vote to convict Trump to remove him from office.