U.S. Rep. David McKinley to Vote ‘No’ on Trump Impeachment
Congressman David McKinley, R-W.Va., announced Wednesday that – though President Donald Trump bears responsibility for last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol – when the U.S. House of Representatives votes to impeach Trump, he will vote “no.”
McKinley said that Wednesday’s one-day proceeding would be too short of a time for him to make a fair judgment, which influenced his decision to vote against impeachment.
“With the benefit of all the facts, it may become evident that the President did indeed commit an impeachable offense,” McKinley said in a Wednesday statement. “However, with a truncated, rushed process, I can’t fairly make that judgment and will vote against the Article of Impeachment today.”
McKinley did say that Trump was among those responsible for the attack, where five people, including two members of the Capitol Police force, died.
“There is enough blame to go around,” McKinley said. “The statements of other elected officials, the 24-7 news media that seek out controversy, and social media and social media platforms where going viral is more important than the truth have all contributed to the decay of civil discourse. Words and actions mean something, and reckless rhetoric has real-world consequences.
“Like anyone else, I am angry about what happened,” McKinley added. “But history is replete with poor judgments made in anger leading to knee jerk reactions.”
The primary goal of Congress, he continued, should be to ensure a peaceful, smooth transition of power as Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President on Jan. 20. A short impeachment proceeding is something he said wouldn’t help that.
“Both Republicans and Democrats have called for unity in the aftermath of January 6,” he said. “However, a leading Democrat stated we ‘can’t have unity without truth’; but how do you find truth without holding hearings or assessing all the evidence? What precedent does this set for the future, when Presidents could be subject to a rushed impeachment without due process?”
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