Why I Voted Against Impeachment

December 20, 2019
Weekly Columns

I voted against the impeachment of President Donald Trump. I believe impeachment is one of the most serious votes Congress can use – second only to declaring war – and unfortunately this whole process has been a sham from beginning to end.

In fact, it began before President Trump was even sworn into office. On Inauguration Day 2017, the Washington Post ran a story titled, “The Campaign to Impeach President Trump Has Begun.” Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib declared right after she was elected, “We’re going to impeach the [expletive].” Texas Rep. Al Green said in May of this year, “I’m concerned that if we don’t impeach this president, he will get re-elected.” New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in November, “This is about preventing a potentially disastrous outcome from occurring next year.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said just a week ago that Democrats’ impeachment efforts have been ongoing for two and a half years. Democrats have shown their true colors over and over again: impeachment isn’t about finding the truth, it’s about removing a president they despise from office.

In the past few months, the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees completely neglected legislative work and instead spent taxpayer dollars subpoenaing witnesses and hearing testimony. Adam Schiff’s closed-door hearings allowed him to selectively leak information that fit his narrative. Judiciary Committee’s only witnesses were law school professors and congressional staff. Democrats’ original claims of bribery and quid pro quo didn’t even make it into the final articles of impeachment. It’s been an ever-changing narrative, dictated by primetime ratings and whatever happened to be polling well that day.

For these and many other reasons, I voted against impeachment. In my lifetime, I’ve already seen three presidential impeachments, and we cannot allow this to become our new normal. Congress must get back to the business of legislating for the American people, addressing top priorities like prescription drug costs and health care reform.