Local congress members split on impeachment votes

WNYT Staff
Created: January 14, 2021 07:59 AM

Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado and Democratic Rep. Paul Tonko were two of 232 lawmakers that voted to impeach President Trump.

Rep. Tonko released the following statement after the vote:

“Today, my colleagues and I came together from across the partisan divide to stand on the side of truth and safeguard the founding principles of our democracy: we voted to impeach President Trump. He spent years using his bully pulpit to normalize violence and spread lies and conspiracy, all of which fed into his efforts to undermine the 2020 election and drove a mob to assault the Capitol last week in a siege that left six Americans dead—including two Capitol Police officers—and dozens injured, some of them permanently.

We cannot preach unity without justice. The more we learn about this seditious attack on the People’s House, the clearer it becomes that it was planned and orchestrated. We cannot claim to uphold our Constitutional oath unless we hold our leaders accountable for their actions. This president poses a real and imminent threat to our republic and our people every day he remains in power. I urge my Senate colleagues to uphold their sworn oath to the Constitution and remove Donald Trump from office immediately. If inciting deadly violence against a co-equal branch of government in the citadel of our democracy isn’t a removable offense, then nothing is.”

Rep. Delgado shared similar sentiments and wants senators to move forward with impeachment.

“With this vote, the House both affirmed and united around our nation's democratic principles — peaceful transition of power; equality under the law; one person, one vote. I'm calling on the Senate to follow our bipartisan example in the House and to act swiftly in order to defend our democracy from ongoing threats.”

Ten republicans voted for impeachment. However, Rep. Stefanik was not one of them. She says she is vehemently opposed to impeachment, calling it a partisan ploy.

“The Democrats’ decision to impeach the President with one week remaining in his term further fuels the divisions in the country during this very trying time. As Members of the United States Congress, we should focus on unifying our country by delivering solutions to the American people,” Stefanik said in a statement.

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