Rep. McKinley Statement on the Adoption of the Articles of Impeachment

“Vote sets a precedent that impeachment is no longer based on evidence, but instead who holds the majority in the House.”

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Washington, December 18, 2019 | comments

U.S. Representative David B. McKinley P.E. (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement on the House of Representative’s vote to impeach President Trump: 

“Alexander Hamilton warned in the Federalist Papers No. 65, that impeachment might become a way for Congress to remove a political opponent from office, and that the decision could be driven by politics, rather than a real demonstration of guilt. Today, the House of Representatives has made our Founding Fathers’ fear a reality, and for the first time in our nation’s history, impeached a president on purely partisan lines. This vote sets a precedent that impeachment is no longer based on evidence, but instead who holds the majority in the House, McKinley said. “Now, the Senate will be forced to stop working on legislation, and instead required to focus on a trial that will result in an acquittal. No reasonable person believes that 67 senators will vote to convict the president on the articles of impeachment.”

Background:

  • Last week, McKinley released a statement following the release of the articles of impeachment against Trump. To read the statement click here.
  • In November 2019, McKinley joined Hoppy Kercheval on MetroNews and urged caution on impeachment. To read more click here.
  • In November 2019, McKinley issued a statement following his vote against a formal impeachment inquiry. To read more click here.
  • In October 2019, McKinley issued a statement following the formal adoption of an impeachment inquiry. To read more click here.
  • In October 2019, McKinley penned an op-ed for the Wheeling Intelligencer outlining his stance on impeachment. To read the full op-ed click here.
  • In September 2019, McKinley released a statement on Speaker Pelosi’s unilateral announcement that the House would begin an impeachment inquiry. To read more click here.
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