Leadership Conference Supports House Impeachment Inquiry

Media 09.25,19

‘Not enough to say ‘no one is above the law,’ only our actions make it so’

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WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued this statement regarding the House impeachment inquiry of the President of the United States:

“By his own admission, President Trump tried to extort a foreign government to target a political opponent and boost his reelection campaign. This latest allegation proves, once again, that nothing short of our democracy and rule of law are at stake.

“What we do next as a nation matters. It matters to our families and to our children — who are working to create and preserve healthy, thriving communities. It matters because the rule of law is not an abstract idea — indeed, it is the very foundation of our democracy. And it is the very tool that has allowed the civil and human rights movement to successfully fight discrimination, ensure opportunity and inclusion, and push for justice. As history teaches us, our democracy cannot protect itself. We must protect it — especially from our own leaders when they violate their sworn oath to our nation.

“The American people must have confidence that our elections are free from foreign influence. We must have faith in the enduring promise of equal justice under law. And we must be reassured that our Constitution is more than a symbol for the rule of law — but a real mechanism to achieve justice.

“For this reason, The Leadership Conference supports the House impeachment inquiry. It isn’t enough to say that ‘no one is above the law.’ Only our actions make it so.”

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.