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Their words: Wisconsin reps defend their votes on impeachment

Empower Wisconsin | Dec. 20, 2019

MADISON — Wisconsin’s congressional delegation divided along party lines in the question of the impeachment of President Donald Trump. 

Here are the statements of the House members regarding their votes. Click on the links for full statements. 

Mike Gallagher (R-8th)

“What we are seeing here is unprecedented: it’s the first time articles of impeachment have failed to make any criminal accusation, and it’s the first time a president has been impeached without bipartisan support.The fact that the bipartisan vote was actually against impeachment should come as no surprise given this flawed process and lack of clear evidence.”

Glenn Grothman (R-6th) 

(Via tweet) “@HouseDemocrats have made calls for @realDonaldTrump ’s impeachment for several years now. Each time they fail to produce any compelling evidence. I’m voting no on impeachment. Democrats’ games are over, let’s get back to solving real problems.” 

Ron Kind (D-3rd) 

“Until now, I have reserved judgment, waiting for all the facts to come out. I’ve reviewed the evidence and followed the hearings. It’s clear the President’s actions were a flagrant abuse of constitutional power; it was unlawful, and it jeopardized our national security. The President had every opportunity to present contrary evidence but didn’t. Instead, he chose to obstruct the inquiry, preventing top officials from testifying and withholding relevant information.”

Gwen Moore (D-4th)

“Rare is the day that I’m at a loss for words, but I find myself reflecting on life and service over these past few historic weeks… I did not come to Washington to impeach a President. I came to Washington to do the job you elected me to do. However, part of my job as your Congresswoman is being a check on the Executive Branch. Today, my job meant voting for impeachment – not because I’m a Democrat but based on facts and evidence of gross misconduct.” 

Mark Pocan (D-2nd) 

“President Trump betrayed his oath of office. He abused the power of his office—the highest office in the land—for personal and political gain. Since then, he has refused to cooperate with a co-equal branch of the federal government—the United States Congress—by refusing to provide any documents or allowing any government witnesses to testify…. In his long life, Donald J. Trump has never been held accountable for his actions. Today, Democrats sent a clear signal to this president and all future presidents: No one is above the law.”

Jim Sensenbrenner (R-5th)

The Democrats repeatedly said that President Trump had to be impeached now. ‘This can’t wait’ was the common refrain. Well, apparently, it can wait. Speaker Pelosi is withholding the articles of impeachment from the Senate because her case cannot win over there. While Democrats were able to railroad the first strictly-partisan impeachment through the House, their power has limits and cannot guarantee their desired verdict in the Senate…The criticism all along has been that this impeachment was weak, hurried, and partisan. Now it appears that Democrats are worried the flaws of their rush-job will be exposed when they no longer control the process.” 

Bryan Steil (R-1st) 

“Today, I voted against impeaching President Trump. From the start, I have been opposed to impeachment. Although the Senate is now tied up with the impeachment trial, the House should get to work on issues impacting Americans: tackling the rising costs of health care, securing our border, and addressing our national debt.”

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