More than a year ago, a conservative radio host in Lubbock, Texas asked me if I would vote for impeachment. Knowing that it might not be the most popular answer in my home state of Texas, I said yes. It was clear to me then, as it is now, that the future of our democracy is at stake.
Robert Mueller just made it crystal clear. Of the hundreds of pages in his special counsel report, he chose to highlight both the obstruction of justice and calculated attacks on our democracy by Russia. He said something important: when the subject of an investigation obstructs that inquiry, or lies to investigators, it strikes at the very core of our government's ability to get to the truth and hold people accountable.
His message was clear. If we want to prevent this from happening again, we must hold those responsible to account. The only way we can do that is for Congress to meet this moment and begin impeachment proceedings.
This systematic attack by Russia on our democracy demands the attention of every American, and the only way every American can be represented properly is through the House of Representatives. If ever there were a moment to act, it is now. If Congress fails to do that, we have set the precedent that some people are above the law in this country.
I believe those members of Congress who listen to the courage of their convictions at this moment of truth will be rewarded by the judgment of history. While we still can, we must hold the president accountable for his blatant obstruction of justice and lies to investigators.
This is not about me running for president. It’s not something I take lightly. It’s more important than any one election or one presidency. The sanctity of our democracy is at stake, and we don’t have much time.