Congresswoman Kim Schrier, D-Sammamish, whose 8th District includes parts of Kent, Auburn and Renton, released the following statement Wednesday, Jan. 13 after voting to impeach President Donald Trump for incitement of insurrection:
“Last week President Trump encouraged an angry mob of his supporters to ‘walk down to the Capitol’ and ‘…fight like hell, and if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.’ He fanned the flames, and then when given the opportunity to ask the violent, seditious mob storming the Capitol to back off and go home, he said he loved them and continued to spread the lies that the election was rigged and that he won.
“The president is a danger to our country and a threat to our national security. We had all hoped that Vice President Mike Pence would step up and invoke the 25th Amendment. That would be the most expeditious way to revoke the power of the presidency from Donald Trump. Since VP Pence has refused to do this, the House must do its duty and impeach the president. We cannot allow him to hold this office any longer and endanger any more lives. That is why I voted today to impeach President Trump for incitement of insurrection.”
The House of Representatives voted 232-197 to impeach Trump for “high crimes and misdemeanors” for inciting an insurrection Jan. 6 against the federal government at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The article of impeachment now goes to the Senate.