WASHINGTON — Republican Congressman Jim Hagedorn voted against the impeachment of President Donald Trump, and Democratic Congresswoman Angie Craig voted for it, as Trump became the only president in the nation's history to be impeached twice.

The president was indicted for inciting a riot that led to the ransacking of the U.S. Capitol, spurred by false claims from Trump that the election had been "stolen." House lawmakers voted 232-197 for the single article of impeach, a charge of "incitement of insurrection," with 10 Republicans joining in the rebuke.

Hagedorn, a second-term Republican, defended the president, arguing that Democratic lawmakers have been carrying out a vendetta since Trump was elected.

"This latest effort by House Democrats to impeach President Trump is further dividing an already splintered nation and subjecting the American people to yet another partisan battle," Hagedorn said in a statement released after the vote. "Democrats began working to impeach and remove the President before he even took the Oath of Office. They lack credibility on the issue. It is time to move forward as a nation."

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Craig said she voted for impeachment because Trump violated his oath of office. She said Trump asked "these terrorists to show up in Washington, assembled them and incited them to march to the Capitol to attack a separate branch of government."

"We must set a precedent that no president — no matter their political party — can get away with encouraging and inciting violence against the government," she said.

Rep. Angie Craig
Rep. Angie Craig

The DFL Party, which earlier called on Hagedorn to resign for refusing to accept the Electoral College results certifying Democrat Joe Biden as president, slammed Hagedorn's vote.

"At Donald Trump's urging, a mob descended on the United States Capitol, murdered a police officer, and sought to overturn the results of a free and fair election through the use of violence," said DFL Chairman Ken Martin. "This violent, armed insurrection resulted in the death of six Americans. Today, Representative Hagedorn refused to hold President Trump accountable for betraying his oath of office and inciting an insurrection attempt against the United States government."

The Republican Party of Minnesota did not issue a statement.

The impeachment effort is taking place exactly one week after an angry mob swarmed and attacked the U.S. Capitol as the House was counting the Electoral College votes certifying Democrat Joe Biden as president.

Craig represents Minnesota's 2nd District, which includes Scott, Dakota and Wabasha counties. The 1st District, represented by Hagedorn, extends across southern Minnesota.


Rep. Jim Hagedorn's full statement:

Instead of looking toward the future and doing the business of the American people, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats have prosecuted another unwarranted and politically-motivated impeachment.



This latest effort by House Democrats to impeach President Trump is further dividing an already splintered nation and subjecting the American people to yet another partisan battle. Democrats began working to impeach and remove the President before he even took the Oath of Office four years ago. They lack credibility on this issue. It is time to move forward as a nation.


Rep. Angie Craig's full statement:

As a member of Congress, it is my job to ensure that our elected leaders are held accountable and uphold their duty to our Constitution.

Last week we witnessed an angry mob attack the Capitol in an effort to block the certification of the presidential election — efforts that the President encouraged.

So today, when the House votes on articles of impeachment against the president, I will be voting in favor of impeachment.

We must set a precedent that no president — no matter their political party — can get away with encouraging and inciting violence against the government.

I have always remained laser-focused in my dedication to serving my constituents and to the people of Minnesota.

It’s because of my strong Minnesota values that I know Congress must act to uphold our duty to protect our country from further damage.

Thank you for all of your support.

Always,

Angie


DFL Chairman Ken Martin's full statement:

At Donald Trump’s urging, a mob descended on the United States Capitol, murdered a police officer, and sought to overturn the results of a free and fair election through the use of violence. This violent, armed insurrection resulted in the death of six Americans. Today, Representative Jim Hagedorn refused to hold President Donald Trump accountable for betraying his oath of office and inciting an insurrection attempt against the United States government.

It is deeply disturbing that Hagedorn chose his political party over his country, his career over the Constitution, and a mob over the people of Minnesota. There is no offense more impeachable than sedition and treason against the United States government, and Hagedorn’s vote not to impeach has condoned this behavior which should be universally denounced. Representative Hagedorn failed to stand up for the rule of law and American democracy when it mattered most and the people of Minnesota will not forget that.