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2 Washington state Republicans support impeaching Trump

2 Washington state Republicans support impeaching Trump

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SEATTLE (AP) — Two of the three Republicans in Washington state’s congressional delegation have come out in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump over the riot of his supporters at the U.S. Capitol.

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who represents southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, issued a statement Tuesday night saying Trump incited the riot last week and calling his response to it “pathetic.” She spoke in favor of impeachment during debate on the House floor Wednesday, saying, “I am not choosing a side. I am choosing truth.”

“The president of the United States incited a riot aiming to halt the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the next,” Herrera Beutler wrote in the statement. “Hours went by before the president did anything meaningful to stop the attack."

Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, who represents central Washington’s 4th District, was among 126 members of Congress who last month signed a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a unsuccessful effort by the state of Texas to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the November election.

But he, too, came out in support of impeachment, saying in a statement that “turning a blind eye to this brutal assault on our republic is not an option.”

“There is no excuse for the president's actions,” Newhouse said on the House floor.

Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who represents the 5th District in eastern Washington, had not yet announced her position. Her office did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

All three Republicans from Washington state were reelected comfortably in November and voted against Trump's first impeachment last year. Herrera Beutler has said she didn't vote for Trump in 2016 but supported him in November.

All seven Democratic representatives from Washington have supported impeachment.

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