World Republican David Valadao Faces Censure Attempt For Voting to Impeach Trump
Legal Scholar Thinks GOP Acquitting Trump Would Be Harder if Dems Spent More Time Building Case
House legislators could have easily garnered more bipartisan support for impeachment, partly by gathering witness testimony, argues Jonathan Turley.Turley is one of four scholars who testified during the House's impeachment hearings in late 2019, the first time Trump faced impeachment. Turley, who is the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University, was invited by Republicans to appear before the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment hearings in 2019 and also testified during former President Bill Clinton's impeachment hearings in 1998.
Another Republican member ofis facing censure over the decision to support former President 's impeachment.
Representative David Valadao of California will face possible censure by delegates at the state's GOP convention this weekend, according to a report published Thursday by the Los Angeles Times.
Newsweek reached out to Valadao for a response on the attempt, but his office declined to comment.
Disputing Donald Trump Trial Constitutionality Helps Senate GOP Deflect Tougher Questions
The former president's second Senate impeachment trial is underway, focused on his actions surrounding the events of January 6.On the first day of proceedings, senators voted on whether it was constitutional to try Trump now he is no longer in office—with only six Republicans from the upper chamber voting to move forward with the trial.
Valadao was one of 10to vote in favor of Trump's impeachment. The former president was charged with "incitement of insurrection" after a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6. The House vote made Trump the first commander-in-chief in U.S. history to be impeached twice.
But like his first impeachment, Trump was acquitted by the U.S.on February 13 after a four-day trial. Seven joined in finding Trump guilty, far short of the 17 GOP members needed for a conviction.
Valadao explained that his support for Trump's impeachment was a vote of conscience in a series ofposts following the House vote in January.
"President Trump was, without question, a driving force in the catastrophic events that took place on January 6 by encouraging masses of rioters to incite violence on elected officials, staff members, and our representative democracy as a whole," the California lawmaker tweeted.
Trump impeachment trial heads towards rapid conclusion
Senators expected to vote this weekend on whether to convict former US president for ‘incitement to insurrection’.Trump is the first US president to be impeached twice and the first to face trial after leaving office. If convicted, the Senate could then vote to bar him from running for office again.
Valadao argued that the impeachment process was rushed by House Speaker(D-Calif.) — an argument used by many Republicans to vote against impeachment — but that "based on the facts before me, I have to go with my gut and vote my conscience."
Valadao has also gained a Republican primary challenger since his vote to impeach Trump. Former Fresno City Councilman Chris Mathys announced this week that he intends to run against Valadao because his vote was a sign of "disloyalty" to the former president.
The backlash against all of the House and Senate Republicans who voted against Trump has been swift.
Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wy.), the number 3 Republican in the House, faced intra-party calls to be removed from her leadership position as conference chair. Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) was censured by his local GOP and prompted some members of his family to pen a letter calling him a disgrace.
Lindsey Graham’s latest Fox News appearance highlighted the GOP’s identity crisis
Graham is still all in on Trumpism. Bill Cassidy? Not so much.With Trump now out of office, banned from social media, and fresh off a trial in which a bipartisan majority of senators voted for his conviction, the Republican Party is polarized.
Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) was unanimously censured by the Central Committee of the North Carolina Republican Party following his vote to convict. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) was censured by his state's Republican Party just hours after Trump's impeachment trial was concluded in the Senate on February 13.
"It is truly a sad day for North Carolina Republicans," Burr said in response to his censure. "My party's leadership has chosen loyalty to one man over the core principles of the Republican Party and the founders of our great nation."
Newsweek reached out to the California Republican Party for comment but did not receive a response prior to publication.
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Amid internal Republican divide, Conservative Political Action Conference attendees heap praise on former president.This year’s event, just weeks after Donald Trump was acquitted in a US Senate impeachment trial for his role in a deadly Capitol riot, is taking place as the party has splintered over the former Republican president’s role moving forward.