Rep. Dan Newhouse (R) says he will join Democrats and vote to impeach President Trump
- Capital Hill, Washington D.C. USA
Republican Representative Dan Newhouse of Central Washington said Wednesday afternoon that he will break away from the GOP party and vote to impeach Donald Trump. During the house's debate before the voting begins. Newhouse said that everyone is responsible and his colleagues are responsible for not condemning rioters, as well as the rioters who formed CHOP in Seattle's Capital Neighborhood in early 2020 during the George Floyd protests.
Newhouse also said that he should of taken actions sooner and should of spoken up sooner before last weeks Capital mob and breach that left 5 dead.
Newhouse said "these articles of impeachment are flawed however... there's no excuse for President Trump's actions. The president took an oath to defend the constitution both foreign and domestic. Last week there was a domestic threat at the door of the capital and he did nothing to stop it. That is why by a heavy heart and clear resolve I will vote yes on these articles of impeachment."
During debate on the articles of impeachment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked Republicans and Democrats to “search their souls” ahead of the historic afternoon vote. Trump would be the first American president to be impeached twice.
Trump “must go,” Pelosi said. “He is a clear and present danger to the nation we all love.”
The impeachment proceedings came one week after a violent, pro-Trump mob breached the U.S. Capitol, sending lawmakers into hiding and revealing the fragility of the nation’s history of peaceful transfers of power. The riot has also forced a reckoning among some Republicans, who have stood by Trump throughout his presidency and largely allowed him to spread false attacks against the integrity of the 2020 election.
As two Republican lawmakers — Washington Reps. Dan Newhouse and Jaime Herrera Beutler — announced on the floor they would vote to impeach, Trump issued a new statement urging “NO vio