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Illinois reps vote on Trump impeachment

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SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ representatives to the U.S. House of Representatives voted on the Trump impeachment. Except for one vote, it broke down on party lines.

The House impeached Trump. Trump is the only U.S. President to be impeached twice.

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) was the one Illinois Republican to vote to impeach, joining Illinois’ Democrats who all voted yes.

“It was a sobering moment to vote in support of impeachment today; to walk over to the U.S. Capitol, our symbol of democracy, and recall the violent insurrection we witnessed here just one week ago,” Kinzinger said in a tweet after the vote. “This is not a vote I took lightly, but a vote I took confidently. I’m at peace.”

“Let’s be clear: The President of the United States actively called his supporters, including the domestic terrorists, to Washington on January 6th,” said Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield). “He organized a rally in front of the White House, and he directly instructed them to ‘march on the Capitol’ and ‘fight like hell.’ The law is clear, as is the President’s role, in inciting this insurrection. His speech, and later that day his failure to intervene, will go down in history as the darkest day of the American Presidency.”

Schneider had to vote by proxy since he tested positive for COVID-19 after sheltering during the riot.

Mike Quigley (D-Chicago), like others, voted to impeach because of the U.S. Capitol riots last week.

“By initiating an attack against the very foundation of our democracy, the President committed high crimes and misdemeanors,” Quigley said in a statement. “Through his actions since – remaining unrepentant for his incitement and repeating his election lies – he has demonstrated that he poses a clear and present danger to the security of our country.”

“Donald Trump’s seditious statements last week led to a violent insurrection aimed at overthrowing a democratically elected, co-equal branch of the U.S. Government,” said Bobby Rush (D-Chicago).  “While we are fortunate that this attempted coup failed, we cannot allow its perpetrators and instigators to walk freely, without facing any repercussion.”

Bill Foster (D-Naperville) focused on the insurrection.

“I voted to impeach Donald Trump because he incited a violent insurrection against Congress in an attempt to disrupt Constitutionally mandated procedures to confirm the results of a free and fair election,” he said. “If this isn’t an impeachable offense, then nothing is.”

“I voted to impeach Trump once, and I did so again today,” said Jesús “Chuy” García (D-Chicago). “The President remains a clear and present danger to the Constitution and democracy. He must be removed from office immediately.”

Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) voted against impeachment, saying it would add more division.

“We should be using this time to bring our nation together, heal the partisan divisions, and move forward with a peaceful transfer of power,” he said in a statement. “As I have listened to constituents on both sides of the political spectrum this week, a common frustration and anger are evident among many Americans. In this moment of escalating tensions, Congress must rise above the division and help heal our nation.”

Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) also said he voted against impeachment because it would be too divisive.

“If we are truly going to begin the work of healing the deep divisions in America, we must first turn down the temperature and tone down the rhetoric,” Bost said in his own statement. “I fear that efforts to impeach President Trump or force Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment will only make a bad situation worse.”

Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) joined the other GOP representatives in his opposition to impeachment, saying it would heat up the political cliemate and wasn’t following process.

“Process matters,” he said on his Facebook page. “A snap impeachment conducted without a full investigation or without due process for the president accomplishes nothing. At a time when political tensions are at an all-time high, impeachment will drive people further into their corners and could lead to additional violence.”

Updated at 6 p.m., 1/13/21 with more comments from representatives.

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