(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement after voting against the impeachment of President Trump:
“Our nation is divided, and partisan tensions are at levels most of us have never seen before – not just in the halls of Congress but amongst neighbors in our communities as well. As President Abraham Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” For the sake of the future of our Republic, we must come together as a nation as we prepare to move forward under the leadership of President-elect Joe Biden.
“As of today, President Trump has one week left in his administration. Given the great division that exists in our nation, we need healing and a renewed sense of unity. A partisan impeachment is the last thing that our nation needs at this time – which is why I could not support it. Furthermore, impeachment is an extraordinary power that should be wielded by the House as part of a deliberate process involving committee consideration with witnesses and due process protections for the subject of impeachment – and this impeachment was neither deliberate nor the result of any process.
“I welcome the calls for unity from my friends across the aisle and would welcome the lowering of the temperature of the rhetoric and partisan tensions in Congress. I stand ready to work alongside my colleagues to move our nation forward and address the important issues that need to be addressed. But a call for unity cannot be extended with an expectation that principled members cannot disagree with their liberal colleagues’ policies and goals along the way. We can have healthy and robust debate where we disagree without being disagreeable. Just as I do not expect my Democratic colleagues to abandon their principles, I will not abandon my conservative principles or polices.”