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Local lawmakers react to Trump impeachment

Posted at 5:56 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 22:51:18-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego County lawmakers reacted Wednesday night after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump.

The vote marks only the third time a U.S. president has been impeached.

Democrats and Republicans both voted along party lines Tuesday night, although three Democrats shifted away from their party on article two, obstruction of congress.

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Meanwhile, current and former lawmakers throughout San Diego County and California reacted to the news of impeachment.

Read through the statements below:

"The Democrats’ shameless impeachment sham is three years in the making. The damage they’ve inflicted will be felt for generations. It’s more important than ever to stand against their radical, socialist agenda and fight for the future of our country," Former Congressman from the 49th district Darrell Issa said.

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Senator Kamala Harris also issued the following statement:

“In the United States of America, nobody is above the law. And nobody, especially a president, is exempt from accountability. Our nation’s founders provided Congress with the tool of impeachment because they envisioned a day when a future president would abuse his power and block congressional checks and oversight. Now, Donald J. Trump will go down as only the third president in American history to be impeached.

“I thank my colleagues in the House of Representatives for conducting a thorough investigation that lived up our founders’ expectations. The facts led to two clear and troubling articles of impeachment—all despite unprecedented obstruction from the president.

“It will soon fall on the United States Senate to fulfill its constitutional duty to review the facts of the case and determine whether the president’s actions warrant his removal from office. In the impeachment trial of President Trump, I will fight for truth, fairness, and justice. I urge each of my Senate colleagues to do the same.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein also issued a statement Wednesday night:

“Make no mistake. We are not impeaching the President. He is impeaching himself. If you are the President, and you obstruct justice, try to bribe a foreign leader and threaten national security, you’re going to get impeached. End of story," said Rep. Susan Davis of the 53rd Congressional District.

Governor Gavin Newsom also made a comment on Twitter Wednesday night: