STATEMENT: Senator Kelly on Conviction Vote

Today, Senator Mark Kelly released the following statement after voting to convict former President Trump on the article of impeachment for inciting an insurrection:

“January 6th was a dark day for our country. There has to be accountability for the attack on our democracy to uphold the rule of law and make it clear that it cannot happen again.

“I listened to the testimony during this trial closely and considered the case put forward by the House Managers and the defense.

“The evidence demonstrated that former President Donald Trump incited the violence at the Capitol on January 6th, 2021, with the intention of overturning the decision of the voters of Arizona and other states, and then did nothing to stop it because he hoped it would be successful. That makes him guilty of the charge laid out in the article of impeachment, and it also makes him guilty of violating his oath of office. 

“As a Navy veteran and Senator, I’ve taken an oath to uphold the constitution. It was our duty to conduct this trial and make it clear that an attack on our democracy cannot stand. Now, it is our duty to continue the work of addressing the significant challenges we face by beating this virus and rebuilding our economy.”