Dec 15, 2019

Will Hurd: You can vote against impeachment but disagree with Trump's behavior

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) confirmed to CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday that he plans to vote against articles of impeachment, but argued that it's still possible to do so while disagreeing with President Trump's behavior.

The exchange:

TAPPER: "Are you not worried at all that your vote will essentially be seen as giving a green light for every president in the future to use their power to ask foreign leaders, pressure foreign leaders, to investigate political rivals?"
HURD: "No I don't believe that's the message that's being sent. You can vote against impeachment and still disagree with some of the policies or some of the behavior. As you said in the lead-up, this is such a monumental vote. Using this process of impeachment is one of the most serious things the House of Representatives can do. ... My fear is that you weaponize impeachment for political gains in the future."

Why it matters: Hurd, one of several Texas congressmen who will not seek re-election in 2020, has been a critic of Trump at times and was originally seen as a potential swing vote for impeachment. He signaled his "no" vote in November, claiming that impeachment hearings had not shown evidence that Trump "committed bribery or extortion."

  • Hurd argued that impeachment should be a bipartisan process and that at the moment the only thing that's bipartisan is the opposition — noting that at least two Democrats are set to vote against impeachment.

Go deeper: Hurd says Ukraine quid pro quo would be "violation of the law"

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Why it matters: Cisco joins Sony, Electronic Arts and Google in delaying tech events planned for this week.

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Why it matters: It's the latest example of social media being used to exploit and sharpen the very real divisions in American society. It's also the latest example of Twitter more aggressively rooting out false information on its platform.

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The latest: George Floyd protests nationwide

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued for a seventh day across the U.S., with President Trump threatening on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.

The latest: Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser criticized federal police in a tweet Monday night for using munitions earlier in the day "on peaceful protestors in front of the White House, an act that will make the job of (DC Police Department) officers more difficult." "Shameful!" she added as she urged residents to go home and stay safe.