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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Which Democrats voted against Trump's impeachment

Graphic: Danielle Alberti, Lazaro Gamio/Axios Visuals

Only two House Democrats crossed party lines to vote to oppose both articles of impeachment against President Trump on Wednesday. Both of them are feeling the pressure of representing swing districts Trump won in 2016.

Why it matters: Dissent was low as dozens of other Democrats who represent districts that Trump won sided with impeachment, either voting their conscience or calculating it could be even politically riskier to vote no.

Go deeperArrowDec 19, 2019

Sen. Roy Blunt: Impeachment trial is "not a trial in any classic sense"

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) told CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that the upcoming Senate impeachment trial is "not a trial in any classic sense," noting that there are senators running for the Democratic presidential nomination and that every member has "obvious" political considerations.

Go deeperArrowDec 22, 2019

Capitol Hill digs in as Trump's impeachment looms

Photo Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images

Ahead of today's historic House vote to impeach Donald John Trump, he dispatched a seething six-page letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi contending that a Democratic "partisan attempted coup" had treated him worse than "those accused in the Salem Witch Trials." She told reporters at the Capitol that the letter was "really sick."

Why it matters: The bitter exchange is a fitting denouement for the 86-day impeachment inquiry, which changed few minds in the country — and none at the Capitol.

Go deeperArrowDec 18, 2019