LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — There was mixed reaction on Wednesday throughout Southern California from lawmakers following the historic second impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Democratic Burbank Congressman Adam Schiff was one of those who voted to impeach Trump for inciting insurrection one week ago when a group of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. The incident left five people dead, including U.S. Capitol Officer Brian D. Sicknick.
“It’s a solemn moment when you take a step like this in Congress, one that we have taken very seldom in history,” Schiff said. “I do feel like this is a pivot point when we begin the restoration of our democracy and put the country back on the path it was mean to take and the is to perfect our union and make us a stronger democratic republic.”
Several local Republican lawmakers were speaking out online.
Newly elected Republican Rep. Mike Garcia tweeted this message saying, “With only a few days left in the Trump administration, the vote to impeach the President is no more than political theater that runs the risk of further dividing us at a time when we need to come together.”
With only a few days left in the Trump Administration, the vote to impeach the President is no more than political theater that runs the risk of further dividing us at a time when we need to come together.
— Rep. Mike Garcia (@RepMikeGarcia) January 13, 2021
Republican Rep. Young Kim also chimed in, also saying the process of impeachment will further divide the country.
“…I believe impeaching the president now will fail to hold him accountable or allow us to move forward once President-elect Biden is sworn in. This process will only create more fissures in our country as we emerge from some of our darkest days,” Kim tweeted.
However, I believe impeaching the president now will fail to hold him accountable or allow us to move forward once President-elect Biden is sworn in. This process will only create more fissures in our country as we emerge from some of our darkest days. https://t.co/NK1EdO5xoN pic.twitter.com/IJIlb6oGva
— Young Kim (@RepYoungKim) January 13, 2021
Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman of Sherman Oaks is in support of impeaching and removing Trump but said he’s not sure if it’ll be able to happen before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20 given that the Senate would have to vote to convict Trump.
Rep. David Valadao from Hanford was the only California Republican out of the 10 GOP members who voted to impeach.
An announcement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is shedding some light on what may happen next after saying he won’t bring the Senate back early. That means the trial won’t take place until President Donald Trump has already left office. McConnell said he has not yet decided how he will vote.