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Friday, July 22, 2022

Rep. Luria Opening Statement

Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA) at the July 21 J6 hearing:
Article II of our Constitution requires that the President swear a very specific oath every four years.
Every President swears or affirms to ‘faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States’         and, to the best of their ability, ‘preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.’
The President also assumes the Constitutional duty to ‘take care’ that our nation’s laws be ‘faithfully executed,’ and is the ‘Commander in Chief’ of our military.

Our hearings have shown the many ways in which President Trump tried to stop the peaceful transfer of power in the days leading up to January 6th.

With each step of his plan, he betrayed his oath of office and was derelict in his duty.

I served proudly for twenty years as an officer in the United States Navy.

Veterans of our armed forces know firsthand the leadership that is required in a time of crisis: urgent and decisive action that puts duty and country first.

But on January 6th, when lives and our democracy hung in the balance, President Trump refused to act because of his selfish desire to stay in power.