Freshman GOP Congressman Who Voted to Impeach Donald Trump Regrets Nothing
Freshman Republican Representative Peter Meijier of Michigan said on ABC’s The Week on Sunday that although his vote to impeach President Donald Trump “may very well have” torpedoed his political future, his conscience is clear.
Meijer was one of ten House GOP lawmakers who voted to charge Trump with inciting an insurrection in response to the siege on the United States Capitol on January 6th.
“Are you concerned you ended your career with that vote?” asked host George Stephanopoulos.
Meijer acknowledged that possibility:
Oh, I may very well have, but I think it’s also important that we have elected leaders who are not thinking solely about what’s in their individual self-interest, not what is going to be politically expedient, but what we actually need for country. It’s not lost on me that I hold the seat that Gerald Ford held from 1948 to 1973. You know, he committed a courageous act when he pardoned Richard Nixon, but it ended his political career going forward.
The Congressman added that his decision to impeach Trump was about the good of the country, which his constituents expect him to defend:
You know, I – I think that is the – that’s – you know, obviously, don’t want to follow in the footsteps in terms of the next election, but I want to make sure that we have leaders in office who are focusing on, you know, the fact that we’re a nation of laws, not men, and that we’re putting the interest of the country first rather than their own political careers.
GOP Rep. Peter Meijer, one of ten House Republicans to vote for Pres. Trump's impeachment, says recent days have been "absolutely gut wrenching."
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