Dec 18, 2019

"It is not a day of joy": Rep. John Lewis gives emotional speech on impeachment

Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) gave an impassioned speech during the House's impeachment debate on Wednesday, urging his fellow congressmen to follow their "moral obligation" to respond to President Trump's constitutional abuses for the sake of their children.

Why it matters: Lewis is among the most influential members of the House. His decision to come out in favor of an impeachment inquiry in September was seen as one of several significant turning points.

"Our nation is founded on the principle that we do not have kings. We have presidents. And the constitution is our compass. When you see something that is not right, not just, not fair, you have a moral obligation to say something. To do something. Our children and their children will ask us, "What did you do? What did you say?" For some, this vote may be hard. But we have a mission and a mandate to be on the right side of history."
— Rep. John Lewis

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What they're saying: Obama leads messages of support for John Lewis

President Barack Obama presents Rep. John Lewis with the 2010 Medal of Freedom at the White House, Feb. 15, 2011. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Former President Barack Obama led messages of support for Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) after it was announced Sunday that the civil rights icon is being treated for stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

If there’s one thing I love about @RepJohnLewis, it’s his incomparable will to fight. I know he’s got a lot more of that left in him. Praying for you, my friend."
— Barack Obama's tweet
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Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer

John Lewis at the Nashville Public Library in November 2016. Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) is undergoing treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer, his office announced Sunday.

The big picture: The 79-year-old Lewis is a civil rights icon who has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and is often referred to as "the conscience of the House." He helped lead the 1963 March on Washington and has served in the House since 1987. Lewis' decision to come out in favor of an impeachment inquiry in September was seen as one of several significant turning points in the impeachment of President Trump.

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Amash: Trump's abuse of power reflects "precisely" what the framers envisioned

Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) said in a speech during the impeachment debate Wednesday that President Trump's alleged abuse of power to solicit foreign interference in a U.S. election is "precisely the type of conduct the framers of the Constitution intended to remedy through the power of impeachment."

Why it matters: Amash is one of the most conservative members of the House. He left the Republican Party earlier this year over his opposition to the GOP's refusal to support an impeachment inquiry into Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

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