All four of Utah's congressmen voted against a resolution Tuesday calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.
The resolution passed with a 223-205 vote, but Pence declined to take action, telling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a letter that it is "time to unite our country as we prepare to inaugurate President-elect Joe Biden."
The House of Representatives voted to impeach the president Wednesday, making him the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.
Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT04) released the following statement:
With only seven days until President-elect Biden takes office, any debate on impeachment will not only deepen the divide, it will also be rushed, purely political, and distract from the unprecedented challenges facing Utah families. The articles raise serious Constitutional questions that deserve a full hearing and considerable debate, a lengthy task that will delay the next administration's ability to move forward. The constituents in my district want elected officials to get to work and look to the future, and that is what I'm committed to doing.
Rep. John Curtis (R-UT03) introduced a resolution Tuesday to censure Trump for his role in the violent uprising at the U.S. Capitol last week
Curtis and Republican colleagues who submitted the resolution accused the president of attempting to unlawfully overturn the election and violating his oath of office.
"Censuring the President and making it clear that Congress does not support any level of his involvement in the riots nor any attempts to undermine an election is a critical step in holding him accountable as more facts continue to unfold," Curtis wrote on Twitter Tuesday night.
He said in a previous statement that he supports the full impeachment process, but does not support it being rushed. Articles of impeachment were published Monday, giving representatives 48-hours before the final vote.
"I don't see anything that gets in the way of this train. I just don't," Curtis said Tuesday. "I wish, I wish I wish I wish that there was."
I tell you, I pitched myself on both sides of this vote and both sides give me a pit in my stomach that just makes me sick. And I think a lot of my colleagues feel that way. This is one where it's just, there's just no good a path forward here.
Curtis said Wednesday during an interview he will vote against impeachment because of the "rushed" process. All of Utah's delegation voted against impeachment Wednesday afternoon.
All four congressmen, however, condemned the violent siege of the Capitol by the mob of loyal Trump supporters.
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT02) called the chaos a “tragedy” and “sad stain” on the country. Though he said he did not know how much President Trump was to blame for the melee, Stewart told 2News “there’s no question he made it worse.”
Newly-elected Rep. Blake Moore (R-UT01) released the following statement, in part, after the riot:
This week, I was thrilled to be sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives and join my colleagues as we seek to protect and defend the Constitution. But I was greatly saddened and troubled by the assault on the United States Capitol yesterday, and I urge the American people to unite and help usher in a peaceful transfer of power. Violence and intimidation against the Legislative Branch are unacceptable and un-American.
It is clear to me that each and every one of my Republican colleagues is firmly committed to election integrity. Our union functions and thrives because the people’s votes are fairly counted, and we were dismayed by reports of fraudulent activity during the 2020 presidential election. Every abuse must be thoroughly investigated, and I will support legislation to safeguard our elections so that all Americans can trust the security of our democracy...
Our determination to abide by the Constitution no matter the outcome is what makes us strong; and respecting the balance of power in our system of government will ultimately reward us. Adherence to our founding document and our commitment to aspirational, pro-growth, and inclusive policies are the reasons we won so many House seats in 2020 and it is how we will take back the majority in 2022.
I could not in principle object or vote to agree to the objection, but I promise that I will fight for every American’s voice to be heard and every voter to have trust in our system."
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are set to be sworn into office on Wednesday, Jan. 20.
This article has been updated to reflect new information about the outcome of the House impeachment vote.