WASHINGTON, D.C. (WEHT) – The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday night to impeach President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress articles. President Trump becomes the third president in U.S. history to be impeached.
Several lawmakers representing the Tri-State region are reacting to the impeachment vote.
Republican Indiana 8th District Rep. Larry Bucshon released this statement.
“For over three years, House Democrats have been obsessed with impeaching President Trump because they simply cannot accept the results of the 2016 presidential election and are fearful for the results of the 2020 election. That is why from the outset, this sham impeachment process has been nothing more than a partisan exercise to influence the outcome of the 2020 election.
“Speaker Pelosi herself established the standard for impeachment when she said the only way she would move forward with impeachment was if the case was compelling, overwhelming, and bipartisan. Yet, the case for impeachment that has been rushed forward by House Democrats is anything but that. It woefully fails to meet this standard because it does not prove any wrongdoing or impeachable offense has actually taken place; instead, House Democrats’ case rests solely on hearsay testimony and presumptions from cherry-picked witnesses. The only thing that is bipartisan about this impeachment is the opposition to it.
“The Framers of the Constitution never intended impeachment to be used as a tool to settle political and policy differences due to the devastating impact it has on the nation. That is what elections are for, and the American have the opportunity to make their voices heard in 11 months. This is a sad and dangerous moment in our history as impeachment is being used to undo the will of the American people and silence the voices of millions of Americans in the process.”
Republican Kentucky Rep. James Comer released the following statement:
“Since the beginning of this impeachment inquiry, it’s been disheartening to see the partisan, divisive way in which Democrats have carried out this entire process. House Democrats have been trying to impeach the President ever since the day he took office as part of a baseless attempt to undo the will of 63 million Americans who voted for President Trump. These articles were written and built on a report that was drafted with biased presumptions, cherry-picked witnesses, and “facts” that are vastly disputed. The President did not commit any impeachable offenses, and it’s clear for all to see through the now very well-known phone call transcript. This sets a concerning precedent for “impeachable offenses” moving forward, and I wholeheartedly oppose these baseless articles of impeachment against President Trump.”
Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul released a statement:
“Over the past several weeks, we have seen sham hearings, selected witnesses, and Democrats who have contorted the facts to fit a fictional narrative. It is shameful that from the first day of this duly elected presidency, these Democrats have been determined to impeach him. This has been unnecessary, distracting, and counterproductive. The Senate will not continue this partisan abuse of power and should at once put an end to the charade.”
Democratic candidate for Kentucky Senate Amy McGrath released this statement.
“I called for an inquiry because of the grave national security implications of the Commander in Chief withholding vital military security assistance to an ally under attack from Russian forces, and because of the alarming allegation that this was done in exchange to further the president’s personal domestic political interests.
The testimony we heard in the House hearings was deeply troubling, and I will be watching the Senate trial closely. Americans demand to know all of the facts, and Senator McConnell must hold a full and fair process and fulfill his constitutional role. Voters are fed up with politicians like Senator McConnell who show themselves vacant of any moral compass or patriotic courage, and whose public statements are guided by just one metric – which team you are on.
The toxic culture of our politics is no longer about what’s best for our country. For too many, it’s about your party or your donors. As the leader of the Senate, it is McConnnell’s job to hold our president accountable for any actions that undermine our rule of law and put our nation at risk from foreign interference in our democracy, and that includes compelling the administration to comply with congressional subpoenas to provide evidence and witness testimony.
Senator McConnell lectured our nation that no one is above the law or their oath to the Constitution the last time a president was facing an impeachment trial. Apparently, his principles only apply to those of the other party. Not his own.”
Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer released this statement:
“Now that the Democrats got their vote to impeach President Trump over with, I’m hopeful the Senate will quickly end this partisan subversion of our constitution. While Pelosi, Schiff, Schumer and the other do-nothing Democrats are rabidly attempting to overturn the 2016 election, President Trump and Republicans are negotiating fairer trade deals, strengthening our border, creating jobs, growing our economy and working on issues that actually matter to Hoosiers.”
The Republican Party spokesperson Mike Lonergan released the following statement:
“The political gamesmanship of Nancy Pelosi’s partisan witch hunt knows no bounds. Fortunately, Kentucky’s Republicans in the U.S. House all voted against the Democrat Party’s sham impeachment. Kentucky Republicans stand with President Donald Trump, and we are looking forward to doing all we can to see that he is reelected in 2020.”
(This story was originally published on December 18, 2019)