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Republicans in Congress warn against politicizing impeachment


Several Republicans in Congress on Wednesday urged Democrats to practice restraint in their pursuit of impeaching President Trump, warning against politicizing the procedure.

US Rep. Tom McClintock delivered an impassioned speech defending the president, saying he shouldn’t be impeached over last week’s storming of the Capitol by his supporters.

McClintock (R-Calif.) said he “didn’t like” Trump’s public address before the deadly siege but called it “freedom of speech” and “politics.”

“If we impeached every politician who gave a fiery speech to a bunch of partisans, this chamber would be empty,” he said.

McClintock said the rioters were being held “accountable for their actions” and accused Democrats of ramming through their impeachment effort with “no hearing” and “no due process.”

He also said that having won control of the White House and both chambers of Congress “calls for magnanimity” on the part of Democrats, adding that “only in a banana republic does it call for vindictiveness.”

“I cannot think of a more petty, vindictive and gratuitous act than to impeach an already defeated president a week before he is to leave office,” McClintock said.

“President-elect Biden’s promise to heal the nation becomes a hollow mockery in the harsh reality of this … unconstitutional act.”

There was a smattering of applause in the House chamber as McClintock’s time expired as he added, “God help our country.”

Also during the House debate, US Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) warned that impeaching Trump would prove a “Pyrrhic victory” because his supporters “will not go away.”

“Please, do not attempt to douse the remaining, burning embers of this movement with gasoline,” he said.

Rep. Tom McClintock speaks out against impeaching President Trump on Jan. 13, 2021.
Rep. Tom McClintock speaks out against impeaching President Trump on Jan. 13, 2021.
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US Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) also told Democrats, “This is so dangerous what you’re doing.”

“You’re using this as a weapon and you’re destroying this whole experiment in self-government,” he said.

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