‘We Are on an Absolute Race to the Bottom’ Says Representative Moore on Impeachment
The Wasatch Back’s two Congressmen, Representatives Blake Moore and John Curtis, both voted ‘no’ in Wednesday’s impeachment of President Donald Trump for inciting last week’s deadly riot in Washington DC.
Wednesday’s impeachment vote of the President was not split along party lines with 10 Republicans joining the Democrats and voting to impeach. Utah Congressmen Blake Moore and John Curtis were not among them.
Both Moore and Curtis, who represent Summit and Wasatch Counties in Washington DC, voted to uphold last November’s election results last week and affirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
Moore and Curtis did not choose to impeach the president for inciting the deadly riot that interrupted the electoral vote counting. Both Representatives have said publicly they want to see accountability for the violence, but raised concerns over the rush to impeach the President without a formal investigation.
“Without a single hearing or investigation, I simply cannot reach the high bar of impeachment,” Moore said. “It’s no wonder our nation is divided. We are on an absolute race to the bottom.”
In a written statement, Moore said he feared for his life and the safety of his family because of his vote to uphold the election results. He said law enforcement was dispatched to his home to protect his wife and children. He went on to say “Please know that I demand justice for January 6th, but a snap impeachment is not the answer.”
Curtis spoke on NPR’s Here and Now Wednesday about his ‘no’ vote and shared many of Moore’s concerns.
“The whole problem I have with this is the timing,” said Curtis. “We don’t have any chance to think this through, and so that is forcing me to a ‘no’ vote. I don’t understand the rush. Listen, I agree, there are some very disturbing things about what happened. The bedrock of the American judicial system are fundamental things like innocent until proven guilty and a trial by an impartial jury and an opportunity to defend yourself. Let’s slow down, let’s give people like myself, who are willing to hold the president accountable, let’s give us a chance to see all of the facts. The facts might be a lot more damning for the President than what we have in front of us now.”
Curtis added that in the past two Presidential impeachments, the Senate has not heard any evidence not presented during hearings in the House, saying that was another reason for his ‘no’ vote.
Wednesday’s vote in the House of Representative was 232 to 197 in favor of impeachment, making President Trump the only President in American history to be impeached twice. No trial date has been set in the Senate as of this report.