WASHINGTON, D.C. — Local members of Congress voted against impeachment of President Donald Trump Wednesday. It was the first time in U.S. history that a President was impeached for a second time.
Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy said it served nothing but a political purpose since Trump will end his term in office next week when President-Elect Joe Biden is sworn-in. In an interview with News Center 7, Davidson said Democrats missed an opportunity to rebuild national unity in the wake of the Capitol Hill violence last week.
The impeachment, Davidson said, was little more than yet another politically motivated move against President Trump. “It’s designed to be a way to fire the President. There’s no way to implement it in this time frame. It won’t go to the Senate until after his is no longer President,” Davidson.
Rep. Mike Turner, who had declined multiple interview requests since the Capitol Hill riot one week ago, said in a written statement released after the impeachment vote that he found the violence last week to be “reprehensible.” He characterized the violent incident as “a futile attempt to overturn the results of a free and fair election. They failed.”
Turner had defended Pres. Trump multiple times in the past, especially during the previous impeachment hearings. Turner’s tone has since changed, although not enough to support impeachment. “In less than a week, President Trump is leaving office disgraced and discredited for his efforts to overturn the 2020 election. However, Speaker Pelosi’s snap impeachment is absent due process, hearings, witnesses and violates our responsibilities under the Constitution. For these reasons, I could not support it,” Turner said.
One of the President’s most vocal supporters in Congress, Rep. Jim Jordan, R- Urbana, led the way during the House debate. “Democrats are going to impeach the President one week before he leaves office. Why? Why? Politics. And they want to cancel the President,” Jordan said.
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