Reprehensible but not Impeachable
Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted for President Trump’s impeachment. While most Republicans were not in favor of the action, many offered criticism of President Trump for his comments before and after the Capitol riots.
Among Republicans who launched vocal criticism of the President was Chip Roy (TX-R). Last week, the representative joined colleagues Ken Buck, Thomas Massie, Nancy Mace, Tom Mcclintock and Mike Gallagher in their letter to Joe Biden in which they implored the President-elect to halt Nancy Pelosi’s efforts of impeachment.
Roy has since announced a social media sabbatical from Twitter and Facebook. In session yesterday, however, he commented on the impeachment proceedings:
“His open and public pressure courageously rejected by the vice-president purposely seeded the false belief among the president’s supporters including those assembled on January 6th that there was a legal path for the president. It was foreseeable and reckless to sow such a false belief that could lead to violence and rioting by loyal supporters whipped into a frenzy,” he stated. “Unfortunately, my Democratic colleagues drafted articles that I believe are flawed and unsupportable.”
Roy was joined by Republican Texas reps. Dan Crenshaw and Michael McCaul who released similarly harsh criticism of the President. They cited the language in the articles of impeachment and the speed at which the House was moving as justification for voting against impeachment.
In total, ten Republicans voted for impeachment: Liz Cheney (WY), Anthony Gonzalez (OH), Peter Meijer (MI), Dan Newhouse (WA), Adam Kinzinger (IL), John Katko (NY), Fred Upton (MI), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA), Tom Rice (SC) and David Valadao (CA). These votes mark a change in tone from President Trump’s first impeachment which was strictly partisan.