Welch, Kuster vote to impeach Trump

Published: 1/13/2021 9:42:03 PM
Modified: 1/13/2021 9:41:58 PM

The two Democratic lawmakers who represent the Upper Valley in the U.S. House both voted on Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump.

Speaking on the House floor Wednesday morning, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., said that Trump had attempted to thwart the will of the people. He called upon his fellow members of Congress to emphatically rebuke the president.

“The mob was assembled by Donald Trump, incited by Donald Trump and in service of Donald Trump’s effort to overturn — through violence — what he lost at the voting booth,” Welch said.

The president, Welch said, must be held accountable for his actions.

“Will Congress condone through acquiescence or condemn through impeachment Donald Trump’s violent acts to overturn the election?” he asked, adding, “Congress must impeach.”

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., also voted for impeachment, saying in a statement, “President Trump’s actions are beyond dereliction of duty — what took place last week was sedition. It’s our duty to remove him from office and ensure that he is disqualified from holding office in the future. That is why today — joined by several Republican colleagues — I voted for impeachment. I urge the Senate to take action, and protect our democracy from further bloodshed or damage caused by this dangerous president.”

U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., have expressed support for impeaching and convicting the president before his term ends on Jan. 20, though it’s not clear when a Senate trial would begin. Leahy told VtDigger on Monday that even if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a trial in the coming days, Leahy would favor resuming the process when Democrats take control of the Senate next week.

“We can do it even after Trump leaves and it could be done in a way that he would not be able to hold office again,” Leahy said.

Both U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., released statements after the House impeachment vote calling for quick action to hold Trump accountable.

The Valley News contributed to this report.

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