Harshbarger opposes removal of President Trump

U.S. Rep. Diana Harshbarger, R-Kingsport, released a statement Tuesday afternoon that she opposed the ousting of President Donald J. Trump during his last week in office.

“I strongly oppose invoking the 25th Amendment and impeaching the President,” she said. “After the atrocities on January 6th, President Trump announced his full support for a peaceful transition of power. The calls for impeachment are at odds with Joe Biden’s call for unity and will only further the divide.”

Congress is set to vote on a resolution today that would ask for Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the power of the 25th Amendement to remove Trump from office, which allows cabinet members to vote for removal of a sitting president. Congress is expected to vote on impeaching Trump on Wednesday if Pence did not enact the 25th Amendment.

If impeached, Trump would be the only president in history to be impeached twice.

Harshbarger said it appears to be a political move.

“Congressional Democrats have even floated the idea to wait until after Biden’s first one hundred days in office to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, showing this is nothing more than a way to score political points with their base,” she said.

Harshbarger, in the statement, called on Congress to start looking at the immediate issues.

“These political debates are distracting from the many more pressing issues facing millions of Americans each day to which Congress should devote this time to solving, such as relief from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, skyrocketing prescription drug prices, and the opioid epidemic, to name a few,” she said. “We should start focusing on solutions to the important issues effecting Americans. I sincerely wish that Nancy Pelosi exercised the same amount of urgency when Congress was trying to pass COVID relief measures.”