AUSTIN (KXAN) — The U.S. House voted on Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump over his role in inciting the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last week. He is the first president in history to be impeached twice.
Speaking on the House floor, Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) said Trump “bungled the deadly attack.”
“If this is not impeachable, nothing is,” Doggett said.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-Hays County) was highly critical of Trump’s slow response to last week’s riot but accused Democrats of rushing the impeachment effort.
Roy believes Trump committed “impeachable conduct” by pressuring the vice president to not certify the election result.
“I think the Democrats have, unfortunately, gone down a road that makes it difficult for some of us to support what they’re doing,” Roy said in an interview before the expected vote on Wednesday. “You’re rushing through and you’re going to make everyone draw to their corners.”
Roy signed a statement with Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Houston) about their decision to vote against impeachment.
Rep. Michael McCaul, a Republican whose district stretches from Austin to Houston, said he opposed impeachment because members were “not given the time to truly look at the facts.”
“I truly fear there may be more facts that come to light in the future that will put me on the wrong side of this debate,” McCaul wrote in a statement.
Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX 25) said he voted against the “rushed” impeachment and said there will be a peaceful transfer of power on Jan. 20.
“As our nation begins a tough healing process in the days ahead, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats must reject the impulse to politicize the heinous tragedy that occurred last week and refocus our efforts on delivering results for the American people,” Williams said in a statement.
Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz were both unavailable for interviews on Wednesday.
Cornyn’s staff did not provide a statement on the impeachment vote.
Cruz’s staff directed KXAN to comments he made following the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol.
“I think the calls for extreme action, things like the 25th Amendment, I don’t think that’s going to prove necessary,” Cruz told KYTX on Jan. 7. “We have 13 days remaining of the president’s tenure, he will leave office at noon on January 20, and we are now in the process of a peaceful transition of power to the next administration, Joe Biden’s presidency, and that process commenced very early this morning when the Congress certifies the results of this election at this point.”
KXAN is reaching out to all Central Texas members of Congress for their perspectives on the effort to impeach President Trump and will update this story with their responses.