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Politicians split on impeachment

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer late Monday came out in strong opposition to plans by House Democrats to pursue impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

The House is to vote today on a resolution urging Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from power.

The vote on the impeachment resolution would come Wednesday morning.

“Impeachment will further inflame tensions in our country and sow even greater divisions among a nation that needs desperately to heal. I do not agree with that direction,” Keller said. “Per the Constitution, a peaceful transition of power will take place on January 20. As we move forward into the 117th Congress, we must focus our efforts on helping families and small businesses recover from COVID-19, uniting our great republic, and facing America’s challenges together as a nation.”

The call for impeachment comes in the wake of violent protests staged last week by Trump supporters outside the Capitol Building in Washington.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, called for the

impeachment of the president and accountability for members of Congress who led the effort to overthrow a democratic election.

“There can be no justice without accountability for those involved in the insurrection against the federal government. As a nation, we cannot advance our shared democratic values without consequences for those who have betrayed those values,” Casey stated. “Those who stormed the capitol should face charges. President Trump should be impeached and removed from office because he betrayed his oath to the Constitution and incited a mob to violence. There should also be accountability for those members of Congress who led the effort to overthrow a democratic election. If they refuse to resign their office, then Congress should begin to explore censure or expulsion. Failing to hold those responsible for the insurrection accountable would be a profound injustice and give a green light to future authoritarians.”

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