Congressman Ted Yoho

Representing the 3rd District of Florida
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Yoho Votes No on Articles of Impeachment

Dec 18, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL) released the following statement after voting against both articles of impeachment.

“In March of this year, Speaker Pelosi said the following, “Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don't think we should go down that path, because it divides the country.” The past three months have been anything but bipartisan. Speaker Pelosi and her Democrats have pushed through a flawed, partisan crusade to remove President Trump from office. In truth, the efforts to remove the President began in January 2017.  So tonight, we are faced with a vote to impeach- eleven months before the American people decide for themselves who the next president will be. 

“Forget about facts and fairness, the efforts of House Democrats on the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees already had their minds made up as they rushed the process. After the Mueller report came up blank, there was a need to find something, anything, to pin on the President. Or, as Rep. Al Green said on May 6, 2019, “I'm concerned that if we don't impeach this president, he will get re-elected.” This whole process has felt predetermined.

"The impeachment of a sitting president for ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ is something we should take very seriously. President George Washington warned the Republic over 200 years ago about political parties using impeachment for political gain by saying, “However, political parties, may now and then answer popular ends,[but] they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government.”

"I agree that no one is above the law. However, under the articles of impeachment that were laid before us tonight, I feel there was no evidence to impeach President Trump. Today is a day that will live in infamy as a stain on our Republic. Speaker Pelosi along with rank and file Democrats divided our nation over partisan hatred of a duly elected President. Today is a regrettable day. Now, the Senate will decide. May God guide our Republic.”