Rep. Dan Newhouse votes ‘yes’ on articles of impeachment, calls it toughest legislative career decision


UPDATE at 3:13 p.m. PST on Jan. 13, 2021: Rep. Newhouse published his remarks on the House floor to social media.

“The President took an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Last week, there was a domestic threat at the door of the Capitol and he did nothing to stop it,” Rep. Newhouse said. “That is why with a heavy heart and clear resolve, I will vote yes on these articles of impeachment.”

WASHINGTON – During President Trump’s first impeachment, Representative Dan Newhouse said House Democrats failed to present a compelling case or convince the American people of an impeachable offense – but that’s not what he believes the second time around.

Newhouse, who represents the Tri-Cities and Yakima in Congress, said on Wednesday morning that he plans to vote ‘yes’ on the latest articles of impeachment following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, which President Trump is accused of inciting.

The unprecedented vote could make Trump the first U.S. president to be impeached twice.

Newhouse posted his full statement regarding the matter on Twitter:

“Last week, hateful and un-American extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol, attacking both the structural embodiment of our Republic and the values we promote as citizens of this great nation. This violent mob, intent on disturbing the constitutional duties of Congress, resulted in the tragic loss of American lives, including a U.S. Capitol Police Officer. The mob was inflamed by the language and misinformation of the President of the United States.

This is a pivotal and solemn moment in our country’s history. I wholeheartedly believe our nation – and the system of government it was founded upon – may well be in Jeopardy if we do not rise to this occasion. This is not a decision I take lightly.

Turning a blind eye to this brutal assault on our Republic is not an option.

A vote against this impeachment is a vote to validate the unacceptable violence we witnessed in our nation’s capital. It is also a vote to condone President Trump’s inaction. He did not strongly condemn the attack nor did he call in reinforcements when our officers were overwhelmed. Our country needs a leader, and President Trump failed to fulfill his oath of office.

I will vote yes on the articles of impeachment.”

Newhouse represents Washington’s 4th congressional district which encompasses  Douglas, Okanogan, Grant, Yakima, Franklin, Benton, and Adams counties.

On Friday during an interview, he called it one of the toughest decisions in his legislative career. He said he understands that some constituents do not agree with his decision, but hopes they can see things from his point of view.

“I did not come to this decision lightly, I struggled with it for the whole amount of time that was allotted to us. My choices is not about the future, the political future of Dan Newhouse, this is much bigger than that, this is the future of our nation,” he said.

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