Arkansas delegation votes against impeachment charges for Pres. Trump

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – President Donald Trump became the first president to ever be impeached twice Wednesday, though the delegation from Arkansas in the U.S. House voted against the move.

All four Arkansas Congressional Republicans voted against House Resolution 24, as did 193 other GOP representatives.

According to the House roll call vote records, all 222 Democratic representatives and 10 Republicans voted to impeach. Four Republican representatives did not vote.

Rep. Steve Womack (AR-3) issued a statement on his vote, saying in part that while the storming of the U.S. Capitol last week was a “disgrace,” impeaching the president would, “only serve to inflame tensions and test an already fragile nation.”

“There is no defending the actions of rioters and the leaders who fanned the flames of insurrection. It was a national disgrace. But no option currently presented before the House will remove the President before his term ends on January 20th. The impeachment vote can therefore only serve to inflame tensions and test an already fragile nation. My position isn’t to appease any party, ideology, or person – it is to start the process of putting our country back together. Congress should be using this moment to solve for the pressing issues of America – defeating the coronavirus, enhancing vaccine distribution, ensuring an orderly transition of government, fighting socialist policies, reinvigorating our economy, and healing the deep divisions we face. Let us not be distracted.”

Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-1), the only member of the state delegation to object to electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden during last week’s proceedings, took to social media to explain why he voted against impeachment.

In a series of tweets, Crawford said that “rushing and short-circuiting the process” of impeachment could lead to future “widespread abuse by both parties.”

Just before 5 p.m., Rep. French Hill (AR-2) released a video outlining his reason for voting no, saying that while there was “no question that the president’s hot rhetoric, prone to exaggeration and self-aggrandizement, has been unattractive and in many ways divisive,” the act by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to immediately move to impeachment would “further inflame tensions rather than easing them, burdening the peaceful transfer of power rather than celebrating it.”

U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement:

“I voted against impeaching President Donald J. Trump in the U.S. House of Representatives. Today’s rushed process is not in keeping with one of the House’s most solemn responsibilities. Unlike previous impeachment votes, there were no hearings and very little debate of the serious charges brought against the president. I carefully considered my colleagues’ arguments and determined that our constitutional duty to carefully consider the power of impeachment must not be circumvented for the sake of expediency. This rushed impeachment sets a dangerous precedent for future Congresses. In addition, Joseph Biden will become president in seven days. This vote does nothing to remove President Trump before that time.

“One week ago, I experienced the attack on the Capitol firsthand. I make no excuses for the president or any others involved, and I pray that our country never again experiences an event like this. All those involved must be held accountable for their actions, and they must receive justice according to the constitutional rights they have as citizens of this country.

“Political rhetoric and the events of the past week have highlighted divisions in Congress and across the United States. It has divided our friends and our families. Even in my immediate family, there are differences of opinion on impeachment. It’s in our states, communities and churches. My prayer is that we end the divisions and move forward together seeking a more perfect union.”

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