TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Kansas’ U.S. House representatives voted along party lines on the U.S. House article of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District Rep. Jake LaTurner voted no on impeachment. One of three Republicans from Kansas in the U.S. House, he said before the vote that he intended to vote no by proxy.
“Focus should be on bringing the criminals that broke into the Capitol to justice and conducting a bipartisan investigation into the security breakdown. Instead, Democrats are choosing to ram through a divisive impeachment while simultaneously mobilizing Big Tech to silence and demonize conservatives. The Electoral College has spoken; it is time for our country to turn the page. There will be a peaceful transfer of power on January 20th when President-elect Biden is sworn in, just as our nation has always done since. I look forward to continuing to fight for my conservative principles and policies that benefit the great people of my district and to doing everything I can to bring our country together.”
Jake LaTurner, U.S. House Representative for Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District
Rep. Tracey Mann, 1st District, voted no. The Republican said he would not be voting to support impeachment before as well.
“America is the greatest country the world has ever known. We face many challenges and seem more divided as a nation right now than at any other time during my life. As your Congressman, I am committed to finding ways to come together and move forward. I will not be voting to support impeachment. Impeachment will only lead to further division in our great nation and add to the political chaos. We will have a peaceful transition of power on January 20th. I will not oversee the slow decline of our nation, but instead will work to ensure a bright future for our children and grandchildren. We must pray for and build a better, stronger America and keep believing that our greatest days are yet to come.”
Tracy Mann, U.S. House Representative for Kansas’ 1st Congressional District
3rd Congressional District Rep. Sharice Davids, Kansas’ lone national Democratic congresswoman, voted to impeach Trump. She indicated on her web page before the vote that she supported impeachment.
“Yesterday was one of the darkest days in our nation’s recent history. The violence we saw at the Capitol complex was a shameful and grotesque attack on our democracy that will leave an indelible stain on our country. For the first time in history we have a President who should be impeached twice but because of the time constraints and inaction of Senate Republicans, I urge the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment now. We will have a new President on January 20, but we cannot trust Donald Trump to uphold his oath of office over the next 14 days. Our democracy, safety, and security is at stake.”
Sharice Davids, U.S. House Representative for Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District
Rep. Ron Estes from Kansas’ 4th District followed his prior statements and voted no. Estes was also part of the Kansas Republican delegation in the House that sought to object to the certification of electors in multiple states on Jan. 6.
Following the violence on Jan. 6 Estes said in a statement, “I congratulate President-elect Biden. I expect to see a smooth and peaceful transition of administrations.”
Rep. Estes issued the following statement before the vote to impeach:
“I fully support a complete investigation into every aspect of the events on Jan. 6, including everyone involved and especially those who bear the personal responsibility of actually entering the Capitol. However, Nancy Pelosi’s pursuit of impeachment will only sow more division and chaos in an already precarious situation and follows Democrats’ previously unfounded calls for impeachment from before President Trump was even sworn into office. With just days left in his presidency before a peaceful transition of administrations, this action is not only unnecessary, but it would further divide the country.”
Ron Estes, U.S. House Representative for Kansas’ 4th Congressional District