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Hundreds of congressional staffers sign letter to senators urging them to convict Trump

Posted February 3, 2021 7:39 a.m. EST
Updated February 3, 2021 1:29 p.m. EST

FILE — Then President Donald Trump during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Nov. 3, 2020. A New York Times examination of 77 democracy-bending days shows how a lie that President Donald Trump had been grooming for years finally overwhelmed the Republican Party and was propelled forward by new and more radical lawyers, political organizers, financiers and right-wing media. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

— Hundreds of congressional staffers wrote an open letter to senators urging them to consider the trauma aides experienced during the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol and to convict former President Donald Trump "for our sake, and the sake of the country."

"We are staff who work for members of the U.S. House of Representatives, where it is our honor and privilege to serve our country and our fellow Americans. But on January 6th, 2021, our workplace was attacked by a violent mob trying to stop the Electoral College vote count," more than 370 staffers wrote in the letter released Wednesday.

"As Congressional employees, we don't have a vote on whether to convict Donald J. Trump for his role in inciting the violent attack at the Capitol, but our Senators do. And for our sake, and the sake of the country, we ask that they vote to convict the former president and bar him from ever holding office again."

CNN previously reported that the letter began circulating last week. In an effort to make the letter appeal to Republican staffers as well, its drafters organized the signatures so staffers can sign on with just their email addresses, leaving off the offices of the members of Congress they work for.

Signers of the letter come from over 100 House offices, 15 Senate offices and 10 different committees, including the House Judiciary, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees, according to the organizers.

"No one should have to experience something like this in their place of work," a staffer familiar with the drafting of the letter told CNN last week. "And I think it's important to tell this part of the story, because it's not just members of Congress who come to work at the Capitol every day. And it's not just staffers who work at the Capitol who were traumatized by what happened. And I think that is a piece of it. The trauma is there; the trauma is very real. And anytime that new pieces of information come out, you know, you're kind of re-traumatized."

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