Hoosier reaction to the U.S. House impeachment of Donald Trump was split along party lines.  Here is some of what they had to say.

Andre Carson, CD 7

  • “The vote I have taken to impeach President Trump was done with a heavy heart but with the strongest conviction. The President of the United States takes an oath of office to uphold the Constitution and the laws of this nation. He takes an oath to work as a representative of the people he serves, and a stalwart defender of our nation’s interests abroad. But instead, President Trump abandoned his oath to America in favor of his own personal and political interests. When Congress did its job to hold him accountable, he repeatedly obstructed our efforts. Every American should be extremely concerned by these actions. In our country, no one is above the law, not even the president. When my colleagues and I took our Congressional oath of office, we swore to protect the rule of law, and our Constitution. We did that work today, and throughout this impeachment inquiry. The resounding vote in favor of both Articles of Impeachment is a reflection of that thorough, fair, and eye-opening investigation.  “Every day, I am honored to work for Hoosiers in The People’s House. And I never forget that it is “We The People” who make up this great nation. When a President abuses the power entrusted to them by the people, we all have a responsibility to condemn this behavior in the strongest terms to protect our Democracy. As this impeachment decision moves to the Senate, I urge my colleagues there to put aside partisan politics and defend our nation and its values, not a President who has disrespected both.”

Jackie Walorski – CD 2

  • “This is a sad day for our country. House Democrats have wanted to impeach President Trump since day one, regardless of the facts. They set up a rigged process with a predetermined outcome, and even though they failed to uncover a single piece of evidence to justify impeachment, today they got the result they wanted. This is pure partisan politics at its worst, and the American people deserve better.  “It’s time for Congress to put this divisive charade behind us and focus on what matters: keeping our economic momentum going, helping workers and families thrive, and protecting our national security.”

Susan Brooks – CD 5

  • “Today is a somber day for our country. For only the third time in our nation’s history the House of Representatives voted to impeach a sitting President.  Regrettably, the impeachment process in the House was flawed, inherently unfair, and politically motivated. All things our Founding Fathers warned us against.  “The Constitution of the United States allows for Congress to impeach a president if he or she commits “high crimes and misdemeanors”. In order to uphold the oath that each Member of Congress took to protect and defend the Constitution, they must ensure their vote is not motivated by partisan disagreement. As Alexander Hamilton said in the Federalist Papers, “There will always be the greatest danger that the decision to use the impeachment power would be driven by partisan animosity instead of real demonstrations of innocence or guilt. Disappointingly, the House Democrats have been solely driven by partisan animosity. Their desire to find a path to impeach the President began the day he was sworn in.  Contrary to past impeachment inquiries, there was no neutral independent investigation that took place before this impeachment inquiry began. Chairman Schiff of the House Intelligence Committee led the most partisan process imaginable acting as the investigator, prosecutor, grand jury, and judge. Contrary to past precedent, Chairman Schiff selected what evidence was heard and prevented the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee and the President from presenting evidence of their own. Even with a completely one-sided and unfair fact gathering process, Chairman Schiff and the Democrats did not make their case. ” 

Larry Bucshon – CD 8

  • “For over three years, House Democrats have been obsessed with impeaching President Trump because they simply cannot accept the results of the 2016 presidential election and are fearful for the results of the 2020 election.  That is why from the outset, this sham impeachment process has been nothing more than a partisan exercise to influence the outcome of the 2020 election.   Speaker Pelosi herself established the standard for impeachment when she said the only way she would move forward with impeachment was if the case was compelling, overwhelming, and bipartisan.  Yet, the case for impeachment that has been rushed forward by House Democrats is anything but that. It woefully fails to meet this standard because it does not prove any wrongdoing or impeachable offense has actually taken place; instead, House Democrats’ case rests solely on hearsay testimony and presumptions from cherry-picked witnesses.  The only thing that is bipartisan about this impeachment is the opposition to it.    “The Framers of the Constitution never intended impeachment to be used as a tool to settle political and policy differences due to the devastating impact it has on the nation.  That is what elections are for, and the American have the opportunity to make their voices heard in 11 months. This is a sad and dangerous moment in our history as impeachment is being used to undo the will of the American people and silence the voices of millions of Americans in the process.”

Kyle Hupfer, Indiana GOP State Chairman

  • “Now that the Democrats got their vote to impeach President Trump over with, I’m hopeful the Senate will quickly end this partisan subversion of our constitution. While Pelosi, Schiff, Schumer and the other do-nothing Democrats are rabidly attempting to overturn the 2016 election, President Trump and Republicans are negotiating fairer trade deals, strengthening our border, creating jobs, growing our economy and working on issues that actually matter to Hoosiers.”

Kelly Mitchell, State Treasurer and CD 5 candidate

  • “In 2016, Hoosiers and the American people spoke and elected Donald J. Trump the 45th President of the United States. Ever since, the Democrats’ sole priority has been to overturn those results. The Constitution clearly states that impeachment should only be used in cases of ‘Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors’. To this point, no evidence has come forth that meets the standard of an impeachable offense. It’s time for Democrats in Congress to honor the voice of the electorate and uphold their constitutional obligation to work for the American people, not narrow political interests.”