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Congressman Jim Banks voted against impeachment of President Trump

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - Indiana Republican Congressman Jim Banks told Fort Wayne's NBC News that he voted against the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

On Wednesday, lawmakers voted to impeach President Donald Trump for "incitement of insurrection." They pointed to President Trump's speech at a rally that took place before the capitol riots.

10 House Republicans voted in favor for the impeachment.

President Donald Trump is the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.

However, many members of Congress were not on board, including Hoosier elected-officials.

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, who represents the 2nd congressional district of northwest Indiana, announced she voted against the impeachment.

“In the wake of a divisive election and last week’s horrific attack on the U.S. Capitol, Congress should be entirely focused on uniting the American people and strengthening our country. Impeaching the president with less than a week left in his term will not advance either of these goals," Walorski said.

Fort Wayne's NBC News talked with Congressman Jim Banks about his stance on the impeachment.

Banks said President Donald Trump did not cause the Capitol riots.

"Did he individually, as President of the United States, incite the riots and the thugs, the mob who violently broke into the Capitol costing the life of a Capitol police officer, whose job is to protect me, my staff, and my family? That's a far reach," Banks said.

As a result, Banks told Fort Wayne's NBC News that he voted against the impeachment. He said the impeachment would only further divide the country and add more tension.

Instead, he said he would like to create a bi-partisan committee that would further investigate the Capitol riots.

"We need to know more about how it happened, why it happened," said Banks. "Why security was so weak at the Capitol that allowed it to happen. And find out who's responsible and to take action from there, but impeaching the President instead, is highly politicized and highly charged activity on the House floor that does nothing to unite America. It just divides America even further."

Banks said he did wish the President had treated Vice President Mike Pence differently.

"Has the President been perfect through all this? No," Banks said. "I wish the President would have refrained from tweeting lies about Vice President Pence and his ability to unilaterally overturn the election."

A spokesperson with the Indiana Democratic Party released a statement in regards to the impeachment.

"Last week’s domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol angered and saddened many Hoosiers, including me. It’s why swift and forceful accountability is needed from our elected leaders. No person is above American law, not even the President of the United States, and I’m happy the U.S. House formally impeached Donald Trump for a second time. Democracy will never be compromised at the hands of one dishonest President intent on tearing down our values. However, it’s disturbing to see so many members within the Indiana Republican Party still throw their allegiance toward a President who incites violence and endorses fringe politics that are simply un-American."

Following the impeachment, the White House released a new video of President Donald Trump on social media. Within the video, the President condemned the Capitol riots, but did not mention the impeachment.

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Louie Tran

Louie Tran is the weekend anchor for Fort Wayne’s NBC at 6 and 11pm and a weekday general assignment reporter. To share story ideas, please email him at ltran@wpta21.com.

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