WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Three Kansas representatives voted no to the impeachment against President Donald Trump
Kansas Rep. Jake LaTurner, 2nd District, voted no. Here is the statement he released on Twitter.
“Focus should be on bringing the criminals that broke into the Capitol to justice and conducting a bipartisan investigation into the security breakdown. Instead, Democrats are choosing to ram through a divisive impeachment while simultaneously mobilizing Big Tech to silence and demonize conservatives. The Electoral College has spoken; it is time for our country to turn the page. There will be a peaceful transfer of power on January 20th when President-elect Biden is sworn in, just as our nation has always done since. I look forward to continuing to fight for my conservative principles and policies that benefit the great people of my district and to doing everything I can to bring our country together.”
Rep. Tracey Mann, 1st District, also voted no. Mann said he would not be voting to support impeachment before as well.
“America is the greatest country the world has ever known. We face many challenges and seem more divided as a nation right now than at any other time during my life. As your Congressman, I am committed to finding ways to come together and move forward. I will not be voting to support impeachment. Impeachment will only lead to further division in our great nation and add to the political chaos. We will have a peaceful transition of power on January 20th. I will not oversee the slow decline of our nation, but instead will work to ensure a bright future for our children and grandchildren. We must pray for and build a better, stronger America and keep believing that our greatest days are yet to come.”
Rep. Ron Estes, 4th District, also voted no on the articles of impeachment.
“This afternoon I voted against the second attempt to impeach President Trump. Speaker Pelosi has given members only two hours to discuss these articles of impeachment — there have been no testimonies, no witnesses, or sober deliberations. Bypassing standard House processes without a proper investigation turns an important Constitutional provision created by the Founders into a partisan stunt.
“The riots that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 were despicable and un-American. I fully support a complete investigation into the events that occurred and agree that those involved should be held personally responsible but oppose a rushed, impeachment show trial.
“Our country is deeply divided and we should work on things that unite us, not create more division. This Congress should instead be focused on reopening our country and getting the economy back to full speed again. The families and small businesses which have suffered because of the coronavirus need real leadership in Congress, not partisan gimmicks.”
Rep. Sharice Davids, 3rd District, voted to impeach President Trump.
“The chaos and the violence that we saw on Wednesday in the United States Capitol has really left no other option than to move as quickly as possible to get the clear and present danger that is Donald Trump out of the White House.”
KSN Political Analyst Jeff Jarman said while this is a historic event, he encourages people to listen and pay attention to the evidence as the process unfolds.
“I would encourage people not to focus too much that this is the second impeachment that it might revert our attention from the real issue here which is his conduct that lead to this impeachment,” said Jarman.
As local companies like Spirit AeroSystems have pulled funding from political action committees, Jarman said he wouldn’t be surprised if more follow suit.
“It’s a recognition that this is not a political game, but this is a serious concern facing the country that we need to make sure our democratic process has legitimacy,” said Jarman.