The U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump in a 232-197 vote Wednesday, setting the stage for a trial in the Senate.
Ten House Republicans joined the entire Democratic caucus in voting to impeach Trump.
Congress’s second attempt to remove Trump from office comes a week after a violent pro-Trump mob overtook the Capitol on Jan. 6. Trump has not accepted culpability for the deadly riot, which breached the Capitol following the collapse of his effort to overturn the presidential election results.
It wasn’t immediately clear on Wednesday afternoon when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to send the article of impeachment to the Senate or when the Senate will hold a trial. Senators are set to return to session Jan. 19, when the chamber will be split 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats (including the two Independents who caucus with Democrats). The trial could be held before then with bipartisan support in the Senate, but current Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell has said he doesn’t plan to support the move, according to the Washington Post.
If the entire Democratic caucus supports conviction in the Senate as expected, 17 Republicans would need to vote to convict Trump to secure the required two-thirds majority. A simple majority vote in the Senate could then bar him from holding federal office in the future.
Colorado’s congressional delegation split along party lines for Wednesday’s impeachment vote regarding President Donald Trump.
Two Colorado representatives, Rep. Joe Neguse of the 2nd District that includes Fort Collins and Rep. Diana DeGette of the Denver-based 1st District, are among the nine Democrats who will serve as impeachment managers in the Senate. Impeachment managers, selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, will make the case for conviction in the Senate.
Colorado’s two senators, Democrats Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, have publicly supported Trump’s removal from office.
But Colorado’s House delegation was split on the impeachment vote Wednesday, with Democrats supporting impeachment and Republicans voting against it.
Here’s how each Colorado lawmaker voted on impeachment and how they justified their votes.
Rep. Lauren Boebert
Boebert voted against impeachment.
On the House floor Wednesday, she criticized “the hypocrisy of the Left” and drew comparisons between the Capitol riot and summer Black Lives Matter protests and looting that occurred during those demonstrations.
“Where’s the accountability for the Left after encouraging and normalizing violence rather than actually helping American people?” Boebert said. “And this time, we start impeachments that further divide our country. I call bull crap when I hear the Democrats demanding unity. Sadly, they are only unified in hate.”
Boebert also voted to contest election results from at least two states during House certification of the results last week. The Republican representative for Western Colorado’s 3rd District attracted criticism this week for her tweets during the riot and a reported clash with Capitol security.
Boebert tweeted “We were locked in the House chambers” and “the Speaker has been removed from the chambers” from her personal account during the riot, which some interpreted as an attempt to share Pelosi’s location with the mob. Her tweet from the morning of Jan. 6 — “Today is 1776” — also led critics to believe she supported the riot.
“I support peaceful protests and the rule of law, and denounce all acts of violence,” she wrote later that day on her congressional account.
“#ResignLaurenBoebert” was trending on Twitter on Tuesday.
Rep. Ken Buck
Buck, a Republican representing eastern Colorado’s 4th District, voted against impeachment.
In a statement, he called the riots at the Capitol “despicable and un-American” and said he disagreed with Trump’s rhetoric at his speech that preceded the riot. But he called the impeachment process “rushed.”
“If we are serious about acknowledging this violence, we must recognize the divisive political climate that leaders in this country have created,” Buck said. “Republican and Democrat members of Congress alike must lead on the issue by toning down the divisive rhetoric and encouraging unity. This botched impeachment only fans the flames of an already out-of-control fire.”
Buck was among a group of House Republicans who opposed the Republican effort to block certification of electoral votes last week.
Rep. Jason Crow
The Democratic representative of Colorado’s 6th District voted in favor of impeachment.
“Our country and the world needs to see that the attack on January 6 has consequences,” Crow tweeted on Monday after signing on as a cosponsor for articles of impeachment.
Rep. Diana DeGette
DeGette voted for impeachment. She first advocated for impeachment the night of the Jan. 6 riot but told the Coloradoan she would support any method of removal.
Those who argue that all sides are to blame for the riot “are forgetting the fact that there was one person, and that’s the President of the United States, who stood down there and told the people to march up and take the Capitol,” DeGette said last week. “This is directly in the lap of Donald Trump and his Republican enablers.”
During her House floor remarks on Wednesday, DeGette recalled rioters pounding on the door of the chambers last week as she and others were trapped inside.
“They were an angry mob incited by the president, trying to stop certification of a legitimate election,” DeGette said. “It’s clear the president learned nothing in the last year. Yesterday the president said, again, that he did nothing wrong. This president is dangerous, he has defied the Constitution, he’s incited sedition and he must be removed.”
Rep. Doug Lamborn
Lamborn, a Republican representing the the 5th District that includes Colorado Springs, voted against impeachment. He also objected to certification of presidential election results in at least two states last week.
He wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night that the House vote imploring Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment “sets a dangerous precedent.”
“It is clear that House Democrats and their liberal base hate @POTUS,” Lamborn continued. “As we approach a peaceful transition of power next week, it is imperative that we unite the country and move past our political differences.”
Rep. Joe Neguse
Neguse voted to impeach Trump. He was among the first wave of House Democrats who called for Trump’s removal following the riot, initially saying he was open to invoking the 25th Amendment or impeachment.
“President Trump’s actions — encouraging, inciting a mob that stormed the United States Capitol, for the sole purpose of stopping the constitutionally mandated counting of electoral votes — cannot go unanswered by this body,” Neguse said on the House floor. “He must be impeached.”
“If Congress does not act, if we shrink from our constitutional responsibilities to defend our republic, it will undoubtedly undermine the vision of America, as ‘the last, best hope of Earth,’ as Abraham Lincoln so eloquently said, so many years ago.
“So, to the millions of Americans watching today, I hope that you understand we are proceeding on this path out of love for our country. I will honor my oath today, I will vote for impeachment, and I pray that my colleagues will muster the courage to do the same.”
Rep. Ed Perlmutter
The Democratic representative of Colorado’s 7th District voted in favor of impeachment.
“This is one of the most solemn weeks of my career as a member of Congress,” Perlmutter said in a statement. “I couldn’t imagine what would prompt me to pursue another impeachment of Donald Trump. And then a violent mob attacked one of the most sacred symbols of our democracy, the U.S. Capitol, intent on destruction and harm.”
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