UPDATE: Tennessee lawmakers weigh in on the House's Trump impeachment inquiry vote
UPDATE: After Thursday's U.S. House vote to proceed with the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Tennessee's lawmakers shared their thoughts and opinions on the matter.
Sen. Lamar Alexander responded to our email request for a statement, saying “It’s inappropriate for the president to be talking with foreign governments about investigating his political opponents, but impeachment would be a mistake. An election, which is just around the corner, is the right way to decide who should be president. Impeachment has never removed a president. It will only divide the country further.
If the House impeaches the president, the Senate would in effect be the jury. There would be many twists and turns between now and a Senate trial. Therefore, as a potential juror, I will have nothing more to say about impeachment until all the evidence is presented and all the arguments are made.”
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, on Fox News Wednesday night, said: “They’re just trying to take this vote because they’ve caught so much flak for doing this kangaroo court in Adam Schiff’s basement and people not being able to have some visibility into who they’re calling, what those are saying, by being able to question those witnesses.”
Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) issued the following statement Thursday morning after the U.S. House vote: “Today’s vote reaffirms what House Republicans have known since November 9, 2016, Democrats will go to any length to attempt to take down President Trump. From the moment Speaker Pelosi unilaterally began this closed door impeachment process, Democrats have broken House rules including House Rule XI, Clause 2(e)(2)(A) which would have afforded my colleagues – and the American people – proper transparency.
This time in American history will be defined by selective leaks, lack of due process, and secrecy. That is sad. While some contend that this vote paves the way for fairness, it actually breaks precedent followed for both President Nixon and Clinton. Why is that? Because fairness is not important for today’s Democratic majority. In what seems to be a recurring theme, Democrats have subpoenaed more witnesses than laws they have enacted. No matter how deep they dig, or how many second and third party witnesses they subpoena, they will still find that President Trump did not commit any impeachable offense. This begs the question, when are Democrats going to get to work for the American people?”
Congressman Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) expressed his disapproval via Twitter:
Both Fleischmann and Scott DesJarlais voted no.