Arizona political leaders react to impeachment of Donald Trump

Dec 18, 2019, 8:15 PM
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(AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
(AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

PHOENIX — Arizona political leaders were quick to react Wednesday as Donald Trump became the third president in United States history to be impeached.

The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed two articles of impeachment, one for Trump abusing his power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate political rivals and the other for obstructing Congress during an investigation of the allegations.

As expected, Arizona politicians were split along party lines in their reaction.

Democrats applauded the move, with U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva tweeting that impeachment was a necessary action to restore democracy.

“It is a somber day to impeach a President, but his reckless actions and brazen corruption left us with no other choice,” Grijalva, who voted to impeach Trump, said. “I based my decision on the facts and voted to protect our democracy for future generations. I hope my colleagues in the Senate will do the same.”

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, who also voted yes on impeachment, attacked House Republicans for not voting in favor of impeachment.

On the Republican side, political leaders were critical of what they deemed a “partisan investigation” by Democrats against Trump.

Rep. David Schweikert voted against impeachment and called the decision a poor use of a “political tool.”

“Although we saw this day coming for quite some time, I am saddened our country has been put through this partisan and political impeachment process that has resulted in no evidence of President Trump committing ‘treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.'”

GOP Rep. Debbie Lesko called the impeachment the “most unfair, politically-biased railroad job in the history of the U.S.”

The fate of Trump now moves into the hands of the Republican-controlled Senate, which is expected to acquit him during a trial in January. A two-thirds vote would be needed to convict Trump and remove him from office.

Republican U.S. Reps. Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar reaffirmed their support of Trump ahead of the next step of the impeachment process.

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Arizona political leaders react to impeachment of Donald Trump