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Thursday, January 16, 2020 1:00 am

Area lawmakers reiterate disdain for impeachment

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Federal lawmakers representing northeast Indiana on Wednesday renewed their objections to the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, spoke on the House floor before majority Democrats voted to appoint impeachment managers and send the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

Banks said people around the world “are looking to the United States and our president for leadership more than ever. And so I urge my colleagues in the majority party to refrain from the impeachment antics and charades. Don't be petty. Rise above your worst impulses and support our president. The world is watching.”

He tweeted about a photograph of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and her seven impeachment managers: “History will not be kind to those posing in this photo. It'll age as well as a high school yearbook.”

Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., said in a statement that Trump “will for the first time in this sham process have a chance to fully exonerate himself” during his trial by the Senate.

“Now the Democrats' hypocrisy is on full display: they call for new witnesses they hope will strengthen their weak case, but seek to prevent President Trump from calling witnesses essential to his defense,” Braun said. 

He also said, “It's my hope that we have a fair and quick trial so that we can get back to work on delivering results for Hoosiers.”

Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., said in a statement: “The far-left has been desperate to get rid of President Trump since day one, and that has been made abundantly clear throughout this process. Now that the articles are being delivered and a trial will be held in the Senate, I will uphold my duty as an impeachment juror and carefully evaluate the legal arguments. I hope this process can be completed quickly so we can get back to the business of Hoosiers and all Americans.”

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