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Rochester residents react to impeachment vote; lawmakers weigh in too

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) — History was made at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday as President Donald Trump became the first president to be impeached twice.

The 7-hour process involved debate and finally a vote.

232 voted yes
197 voted no
4 people didn’t vote
10 Republicans voted yes

Opinions among Rochester residents about the impeachment are as divided as the House vote.

“He’s incited violence…and he should be held accountable for it,” said Chris Lamb.

“It’s kind of is a waste of time when it’s getting close to the 20th, when the new president is coming in. It’s a waste of taxpayer dollars,” said Josh Coners.

They did agree the protest went too far when people stormed the Capitol.

“It was the most despicable act in American history. And the worst part for me, was when they actually brought the confederate battle flag into the Capitol,” Lamb said.

“I am for protesting but I am for the peaceful way of protesting,” Coners said.

Lawmakers took action with many believing believe President Trump encouraged the riots.

“We must impeach and remove this president from the office immediately. So that he can not be a threat to our democracy,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar, (DFL) Minnesota 5th Congressional District.

Rep. Jim Hagedorn, (R) Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District, voted against the impeachment and released a statement saying:

This latest effort by House Democrats to impeach President Trump is further dividing an already splintered nation and subjecting the American people to yet another partisan battle. Democrats began working to impeach and remove the President before he even took the Oath of Office four years ago. They lack credibility on this issue. It is time to move forward as a nation.

Rep. Angie Craig, (DFL) Minnesota 2nd Congressional District, voted to impeach the president. She tweeted:

“President Trump lied to them about the election. He summoned them to Washington based on this lie, then he committed to march to the Capitol with them. None of this would have happened without Donald Trump. None of it. He betrayed his oath of office. He must be removed.”

Iowa Republican Senator, Chuck Grassley, also shared his advice for the president at this time as these proceedings continue.

“For Trump, lay low for a long while. And I say that with respect for his policies,” he said.

So what’s the next step?

The impeachment articles go to the U.S. Senate for a trial and members there can either convict or acquit the president. However, that is now expected to happen after the inauguration. The Senate can also prevent Trump from running for federal office in the future.

KaMaria Braye

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