Watch John Lewis: 'The time to begin impeachment proceedings has come'

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Rep. John Lewis said Trump must be impeached because 'to delay or to do otherwise would betray the foundation of our democracy.'

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), a civil rights icon, called for Donald Trump's impeachment during a fiery speech on the floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Lewis cited Trump's solicitation of political dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden from Ukraine, along with his ongoing efforts to enrich himself through his office, as justification for his call.

"The people have a right to inquire, they have a right to know whether they can put their faith and trust in the outcome of our elections," said Lewis.

"They have a right to know whether the cornerstone of our democracy was undermined by people sitting in the White House today. They have a right to know whether a foreign power was asked to intervene in the 2020 election.

"They have a right to know whether the president is using his office to line his pockets.

"Mr. Speaker, the people of this nation realize that if they had committed even half of the possible violations, the federal government would be swift to seek justice.

"We cannot delay. We must not wait. Now is the time to act. I have been patient when we tried every other path, to use every other tool. We will never find the truth unless we use the power given to the House of Representatives, and the House alone, to begin an official investigation as dictated by the Constitution.

"The future of our democracy is at stake. There comes a time when you have to be moved by the spirit of history to take action to protect and preserve the integrity of our nation.

"I believe, I truly believe, the time to begin impeachment proceedings against this president has come. To delay or to do otherwise would betray the foundation of our democracy."

Rep. Lewis is the last surviving member of the group of leaders called the "Big Six" of the American civil rights movement, which included Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Published with permission of The American Independent.