Rep. Fred Keller speaks out against impeachment

January 12, 2021
In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WENY) – Monday, House Democrats introduced an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump, charging him with “willfully inciting violence against the Government of the United States” over Wednesday's deadly riots that left six people dead, including two Capitol Police Officers.

The House could vote on the article as soon as Wednesday; even if the House gets enough votes to impeach President Trump for an unprecedented second time, the resolution needs a 2/3rd majority in the Senate in order to remove the President from office.

Many House Republicans have spoken out against the vote, saying impeaching the President would further divide the country. In a letter to Republican colleagues, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy instead proposed several alternatives, including a bipartisan commission to investigate riots and overhauling the Electoral Act of 1887.

In a statement sent to WENY News, Pennsylvania Congressman Fred Keller also spoke out against impeachment:

“Impeachment will further inflame tensions in our country and sow even greater divisions among a nation that needs desperately to heal. I do not agree with that direction.

“Per the Constitution, a peaceful transition of power will take place on January 20. As we move forward into the 117th Congress, we must focus our efforts on helping families and small businesses recover from COVID-19, uniting our great republic, and facing America’s challenges together as one nation.”

Tuesday, the House is also expected to vote on a resolution urging Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the President from power.