Pfluger Votes "No" to Impeaching President Trump
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman August Pfluger (TX-11) released a video today where he spoke out against a rushed impeachment of President Donald Trump because, he said, it will only further divide our country.
Yesterday, Tuesday, Pfluger voted against House Resolution 21 that called on Vice President Michael Pence "to convene and mobilize the principal officers of the executive departments of the Cabinet to activate section 4 of the 25th Amendment to declare President Donald J. Trump incapable of executing the duties of his office and to immediately exercise powers as acting President".
Today, Wednesday, the House considered House Resolution 41 and 21 for "Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors." He voted no on both.
Pfluger explained why in his remarks, as stated in full in the video above.
“The events of the last week have left many of us feeling hurt, confused, and horrified. Like many of the good, hard-working, honest folks in the 11th District of Texas, I am disappointed about the outcome of the 2020 Election, but sickened by the radical mob who descended on the U.S. Capitol to carry out vandalism and violence, which resulted in the deaths of at least five Americans—including U.S. Capitol Police Officers.
“As I have said repeatedly in the past, I unequivocally condemn all acts of violence. I was glad to see the President denounce the violent acts today and call for peace, but I wish it would have been earlier.
“We need to take a deep breath and think about how we move this country forward.
“Impeachment is not the answer.
“In fact, impeachment is a somber responsibility and one of the most significant processes entrusted to Congress by the Constitution. It is paramount that all proceedings adhere to Congressional rules, historic precedent, and allow for a deliberative process that the American people can trust, which includes due process.
“This rushed impeachment, that hasn’t had a single House hearing and won't be taken up in the Senate until after the President's term has expired, will only further divide our country and alienate the over 74 million Americans who voted for President Trump and support conservative values.
“It is time to turn down the temperature.
“It is time to remember American exceptionalism. That the United States in the greatest country the world has ever known. That our system of self-governance is tried and tested. That decisions made in the United States Congress have liberated millions, raised generations out of poverty, educated our children, powered and fed the world, and eradicated disease.
“And we will do this again.
“It is time to put these dark times behind us and move forward as one.
“God bless America, and God bless the 11th District of Texas.”
Pfluger represents Congressional District 11 in Texas that spans from Granbury to Llano, and west, through San Angelo to Midland and Odessa.
Congressman Jodey Arrington, CD-19, that spans from Abilene to Lubbock voted the same way as Pfluger.
The impeachment passed 232-197. The bill heads to the Senate where the current Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said his body will not consider it until after President Joe Biden is sworn in on Jan. 20.