Utah GOP House members not likely to join other Republicans in vote to impeach President Trump

Republican Conference Chairwoman Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks with reporters at the Capitol in Washington in December. Cheney is the highest ranking Republican to publicly say she will vote to impeach President Donald Trump. Utah GOP House members are not likely to join her. | Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — House Democrats along with some Republicans are poised to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday for inciting a riot at the U.S. Capitol last week.

At least five Republicans have said they intend to vote for impeachment, including Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-ranking House Republican. Utah’s four GOP congressmen, however, won’t be the bipartisan majority looking to expel the president a week before he leaves office.

“With only seven days until President-elect Biden takes office, any debate on impeachment will not only deepen the divide, it will also be rushed, purely political and distract from the unprecedented challenges facing Utah families,” Rep. Burgess Owens said in a statement Wednesday.

Owens said the articles of impeachment raise serious constitutional questions that deserve a full hearing and considerable debate, a lengthy task that will delay the next administration’s ability to move forward.

“The constituents in my district want elected officials to get to work and look to the future, and that is what I am committed to doing,” he said.

Democrats formally introduced the impeachment resolution Monday, charging Trump with “incitement of insurrection” as they rush to make him the first president in history to be impeached twice.

On Tuesday, the House voted 223-205 to adopt a resolution to compel Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. Pence earlier Tuesday rejected that effort in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

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All four of Utah’s House members voted against the resolution.

Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, said Wednesday on C-SPAN that he would not vote to impeach Trump.

“I do not understand the rush to judgment. One of our bedrocks of our judicial system is a fair trial and innocence until proven guilty,” he said. “I think we’re robbing those of us who need a little bit more time.”

Curtis called Democrats’ argument that Trump is a danger to the country every hour he remains in office “hollow.”

“It’s clearly laughable because everybody knows impeachment won’t be concluded by the time the inauguration rolls around,” he said.

President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated Jan. 20.

Curtis urged Pelosi and Democratic leaders to allow time for a full impeachment inquiry so Congress can bring all the facts to light and hold those responsible accountable, including Trump. He and five other Republicans introduced a resolution late Tuesday to censure the president.

“Censuring the president and making it clear that Congress does not support any level of his involvement in the riots nor any attempts to undermine an election is a critical step in holding him accountable as more facts continue to unfold,” Curtis said.

The resolution calls on Congress to publicly state Trump acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law. It also would condemn …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

      

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