WASHINGTON (WJHL) — Reps. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and Diana Harshbarger (R-TN) voted against impeaching President Donald Trump on Wednesday for inciting an insurrection against the U.S. government.
The impeachment comes just seven days before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
“President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government,” the impeachment resolution reads. “He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.”
Speaking on the House floor, Harshbarger encouraged her colleagues to vote against impeaching the president.
“You can tell the American people that this a vote to impeach upon the grounds of inciting violence and insurrection, but the American people see a double-standard,” Harshbarger said. “They see a standard applied to those on the left who commit violence and they see a standard to those applied to the right who commit violence. The American people see this and they understand it.”
“I’ve been here all of one week, and what I see instead of lawmakers who are truth seekers, I see lawmakers who are power seekers. And that’s never good. Never good. What a shame. What a shame.”
Harshbarger went on to ask if her fellow representatives would “vote to mend” or “vote to further divide this country.”
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