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Local congressional delegation mixed on impeachment

Posted at 6:17 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 19:17:27-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — It was ugly last week at the US Capitol and now many are pointing their finger firmly at President Donald Trump.

That includes Sen. Ben Sasse, who spoke on the Hugh Hewitt show last week.

“Donald Trump was walking around the White House confused about why other people on his team weren’t as excited as he was, as you had rioters pushing against Captiol Police, trying to get into the building. As this was happening, he was delighted,” said Sasse on Friday.

The House of Representatives is set to vote on impeachment this week.

It appears that Rep. Don Bacon will be a no vote. In a statement to 3 News Now, Bacon pointed to a video in which President Trump committed to a seamless transition of power.

"The talk of impeachment and the 25th Amendment only exacerbates our divide and throws gas on the fire when the inauguration is so close. We need less hyper-partisanship at the moment and current efforts by Speaker Pelosi will only divide the people of America even more,” said Bacon in a statement.

In a tweet, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry was more vague, but questioned if political retribution calms the violence and heals the divide.

But one Midlands lawmaker says she’s a yes vote.

Rep. Cindy Axne, who represents Council Bluffs, says President Trump has blood on his hands, and “A president who incites an attack on the seat of our government is a threat that cannot be tolerated for even one more day,” says Axne.

If the articles of impeachment ever reach the US Senate, Sasse could be one Republican that votes to remove Trump. If removed, Trump would be barred from holding federal office again.

“There are more things that I need to understand before I get to a conclusionary judgment about that, but I think the question is was the President derelict in his duty? That’s not an open question, he was,” said Sasse.