WASHINGTON, D.C. — First District Congressmen Rick Crawford of Jonesboro voted against impeaching President Donald Trump Wednesday, citing implications for the future.
The House voted 232-197 to impeach the president for “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly mob siege of the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Ten of Crawford’s fellow Republicans voted in favor of impeachment.
The riot occurred as the House and Senate were about to confirm Democrat Joe Biden as the presidential election winner. Congress reconvened after the riot was ended and completed the task. Crawford was the only member of the all Republican Arkansas delegation to vote against accepting the Electoral College tally of votes.
While Crawford didn’t respond directly to The Sun on his decision to vote against impeachment, his press secretary forwarded the congressman’s Tweets.
“I do not support this impeachment because rushing and short-circuiting the process of a serious criminal investigation by the House of Representatives would be a risky precedent that could lead to widespread abuse by both parties,” Crawford said in the Tweet. “We have a responsibility to investigate and present findings and that has not been done. I strongly support immediately appointing a bipartisan commission to investigate all events surrounding the attack on our Capitol. There appears to be evidence that some of the violent protestors came with the intent of doing harm against our government. If so, then those who chose the path of insurrection should be punished to the fullest extent of the law because that behavior should never be tolerated.”
Conviction and removal of Trump would require a two-thirds vote in the Senate, which will be evenly divided at the time of the vote.