House Republicans are warning Democrats against impeaching President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol Police officer dies following riots Donor who gave millions to Hawley urges Senate to censure him for ‘irresponsible’ behavior Kellyanne Conway condemns violence, supports Trump in statement on Capitol riots MORE after Wednesday’s assault on the Capitol, saying such a move so close to Inauguration Day would prove divisive.
“I’m opposed to impeachment. I think at this point in time, it’s more important to focus on healing and doing a peaceful transition of power as the president himself has conceded where we are and impeachment just inflames those that believe this election has been stolen. And it’s time to move forward,” Rep. Tom ReedTom ReedHouse GOP debates Electoral College vote House passes bill boosting stimulus checks to ,000 in bipartisan vote GOP Problem Solvers Caucus co-chairman says he’ll vote in favor of ,000 checks MORE (R-N.Y.) told The Hill.
Another GOP lawmaker also said they felt impeachment could further inflame extremists’ worst instincts, stating that they need to affirm that they are taking voters’ concerns about the security of elections seriously and dispel conspiracies to build confidence in the democracy.
House Democrats have indicated they are prepared to move forward with articles of impeachment as early as next week if Vice President Pence does not invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
Multiple GOP lawmakers speaking on background said that while they believe Trump’s rhetoric ahead of and during the riot may rise to an impeachable offense, they felt that voting to impeach or invoking the 25th Amendment could fan the flames for further violence ahead of Inauguration Day.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyWho let Trump happen? READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Kansas City paper says Hawley has blood on his hands MORE (R-Calif.) on Friday released a statement calling for unity and a smooth transition of power.
“Impeaching the President with just 12 days left in his term will only divide our country more. I have reached out to President-elect [Joe] Biden today and plan to speak to him about how we must work together to lower the temperature and unite the country to solve America’s challenges,” he said.
“The coronavirus is still coursing through our communities, businesses and workers are facing unprecedented stress, and children are falling behind. Threats from adversaries such as Russia, China, and Iran are increasing. As leaders, we must call on our better angels and refocus our efforts on working directly for the American people. United we can deliver the peace, strength, and prosperity our country needs. Divided, we will fail.”
So far, Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerWSJ editorial board says ‘best case’ is for Trump to resign amid calls for his removal Pence opposes removing Trump under 25th Amendment: reports Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief condemns Capitol riots | House chairman calls for Trump’s removal | Fence erected around Capitol | Slain woman an Air Force vet MORE (Ill.) is the only House Republican to publicly back invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiHere’s why Manchin, Romney and Collins are about to wield serious Senate power How Biden can repair the rocky road Trump left behind Republican infighting on election intensifies MORE (Alaska) on Friday became the first GOP senator to call for Trump’s removal.