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The House Wednesday voted to impeach President Donald Trump for inciting an “insurrection” in last week’s attack on the Capitol, a stinging rebuke of the nation’s 45th president as he prepares to depart the White House after four tumultuous years.
Ten Republicans broke from their party – and their president – to join Democrats in approving the single article of impeachment. Trump will leave power as the first president in the nation’s 245-year history to be impeached twice.
The vote to impeach Trump was 232 to 197. Ten Republicans including Ohio’s Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Rocky River voted to impeach him.
Here’s how the delegation from Greater Cincinnati voted:
Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Garrison: No
Massie tweeted that he will vote “Nay” on impeachment.
“I think pursuing impeachment will unnecessarily increase political division in our country and serves no real purpose,” he wrote.
Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Westwood: No
“Encouraging the President’s cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and launching another impeachment, as House Democrats plan to do this week, will only serve to further divide the American people,” Chabot said. “And that would be a mistake for our country.”
Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Columbia Tusculum: No
Wenstrup issued a statement saying Trump’s “actions and words” on Jan. 6 were inappropriate but that impeachment would only further divide the country.
“We would best serve our constituents and the country by ensuring an orderly and peaceful transfer of power, rather than forcing through the House a rushed and inherently political impeachment,” Wenstrup wrote.
He said it is important to wait for investigations to reveal the complete set of facts around what happened during the riots.
“Last Wednesday’s extremely egregious events did not happen in a vacuum. Our country has seen escalating political violence in recent years, and individuals are responsible for the actions they take,” Wenstrup wrote. “Unfortunately, I am no stranger to that political violence, having survived the politically-motivated shooting by a far-left extremist inspired by Bernie Sanders on a baseball field four years ago. I chose then to not – and still do not – hold Senator Sanders responsible.
“Ultimately, everyone is responsible for their own actions. I said that then, I said that during the riots of the past summer, and I say that again now.”
Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy: No
Davidson called the impeachment a “politically motivated bid,” saying in a statement that the Senate cannot possible hold a trial before Trump’s term expires.
“To hold a trial after President Biden takes office would serve only to rub salt in America’s wounds,” Davidson wrote. “I will not participate in this political effort to further divide Americans under the guise of impeaching a man who will not be in office within a few days. If President Biden is serious about unifying this country, he will make his first one hundred days about rebuilding this country’s economy and listening to the men and women who feel unheard by their government.”
Information from USA Today was used in this report.
This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Trump impeachment: How Greater Cincinnati House members voted