TOPEKA — Kansas’ Democrat in the U.S. House voted for impeachment and the three Republican members from the state voted against the measure accusing President Donald Trump of abetting supporters who stormed the Capitol in protest of the November election.
Rep. Sharice Davids, a Democrat serving the 3rd District in the Kansas City area, said she didn’t take lightly her decision to vote in favor of Trump’s removal. The resolution passed 232-297, with 10 Republicans voting with Democrats. The case shifts to the U.S. Senate.
“We have a president who not only condoned but encouraged such violent behavior,” she said. “He is a clear and present danger to our safety, security and to our democracy.”
Republican congressmen Ron Estes, Tracey Mann and Jake LaTurner rejected impeachment of the GOP president.
Estes, a Wichita Republican serving the 4th District, said House action Wednesday was a “rushed, impeachment show trial.” He blamed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat, of amplifying division instead of seeking unity.
“There have been no testimonies, no witnesses or sober deliberations. Bypassing standard House processes without a proper investigation turns an important constitutional provision created by the founders into a partisan stunt,” Estes said.
Mann, elected in November in the 1st District of western Kansas, said he rejected impeachment because it would contribute to political division and chaos.
“I will not oversee the slow decline of our nation, but instead will work to ensure a bright future for our children and grandchildren. We must pray for and build a better, stronger America,” he said.
LaTurner, elected in the 2nd District in 2020, said Democrats were committed to ramming through a “divisive impeachment while simultaneously mobilizing ‘big tech’ to silence and demonize conservatives.”