Local elected officials, party leaders react to impeachment of President Trump
For only a third time in American history, the President of the United States has been impeached.
Wednesday night, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump on two articles, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The 45th president's predecessors Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton are the only other presidents to be impeached from office. Both were acquitted following their trials in the U.S. Senate.
Elected officials who represent the Tennessee Valley at the state and federal levels, as well as party leaders are sharing their thoughts on the outcome of Wednesday's vote.
Here is what some of them had to say.
U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tn., issued the following statement:
“I can’t say that I expected anything less from the hyper-partisan Democrats, but I am very disappointed that they have let their deep-seated animosity towards our President become the hallmark of the Democratic party. They are not a party for the people, they are a party for the politics. Make no mistake, the President did not commit any of the myriad of accusations that they have attempted to accuse him of – from quid pro quo to bribery and obstruction. Democrats have done immense damage to our republic with their vote to baselessly impeach President Trump and I have no doubt history will not reflect kindly on their actions.”
U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tn., issued the following statement:
“Today was Democrats’ fourth attempt to impeach the President, since Nancy Pelosi became House Speaker. The Radical Left may have succeeded in impeaching Donald Trump this time, on a purely partisan vote, but have failed to convince Americans this is anything other than a stunt to distract from their socialist agenda and weak presidential candidates – the real abuse of power. Fortunately, the Founders understood the potential for legislative over-reach and placed checks and balances into our system. The Senate will end this waste of time, and we can move on to important business, such as passing the USMCA trade deal and improving an economy that is already very strong.”
U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement:
“In 2016, the American people voted to elect Donald Trump the President of the United States. But, for the last three years, politicians in Washington have been working to overturn the will of voters. This partisan process has only pushed Congress, and our country, further down a path of division. I am disappointed in this unnecessary outcome. Our country and our President deserve better.
“We were elected to work together, not to tear each other down. Tomorrow, the Modernization Committee will vote on recommendations to boost civility and encourage bipartisanship throughout the House. After this disappointing display of extreme partisanship, I am hopeful that we can move forward from this and focus on issues that affect the everyday lives of Americans.”
U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) issued the following statement:
“For the past three years, we have seen Democrats grasp aimlessly at every unsubstantiated claim hoping they would find an impeachable offense. There is a reason the only bipartisan vote in the House today was against impeachment. President Trump has not abused his power – but House Democrats certainly have. This process has been a sham, and when the trial begins in the Senate, Tennesseans can count on me to stand with President Trump.”
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel released the following statement:
"History was made today, but not in a way Democrats had hoped. With this vote, Nancy Pelosi and her fellow impeachment crusaders have ensured the reelection of President Trump and a return of a Republican majority in the House," said Chairwoman McDaniel. "The American people have turned on this partisan sham and see Democrats in Congress for what they truly are: politicians whose sole focus is to overturn the result of the 2016 election, not on the real issues they promised to address. In 2020, voters will re-elect President Trump and choose candidates who will truly work on their behalf instead of obsessing over destroying a duly-elected President."
Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini issued the following statement:
“In America, nobody is above the law - not even the president of the United States. Trump abused the power of the presidency and he obstructed congress. His actions will be remembered as contemptible in the history books. The blind defense of his actions will badly damage the Republican Party.
Today, we got to decide how much bad behavior we would tolerate from those in power. As a member of the Democratic Party, I am proud that we voted to hold accountable those who break the law and those who are determined to protect them at any cost.”