GOP leaders demand Newhouse resign over impeachment vote

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Jan 27, 2021 Associated Press by Nicholas K. Geranios

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Most of the Republican county leaders in U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse's congressional district on Monday called for the lawmaker to resign for being one of 10 GOP members of the House to vote for the impeachment of former President Donald Trump. Newhouse said he will not resign.

Six county GOP chairs from the 4th Congressional District, which covers the central portion of Washington state, issued a letter Monday calling for Newhouse to resign.

“It is impossible to defend the indefensible,'' said the letter signed by the GOP chairs of Yakima, Benton, Franklin, Grant, Adams and Douglas counties. ”An overwhelming majority of our county constituents are calling for your resignation.''

“When a representative fails to represent the people, the people must respond,'' the letter said, adding many constituents feel "betrayed" by Newhouse's Jan. 13 vote.

In the letter, they wrote in part,

"The Republican County Chairmen, in the 4 th Congressional District, condemn your vote to impeach our sitting Republican President. Impeachment is reserved exclusively for “High Crimes and Misdemeanors”, neither of which existed in this case. Without due process, witnesses or evidence, your vote to impeach endorses and perpetuates another abuse of the impeachment process."

"Obviously, you did not sufficiently consult with those you are elected to represent. Based on our received emails, texts and phone communications, the majority of your constituents in the 4th Congressional District Republican party felt betrayed by your vote to impeach President Donald J. Trump. Your defense of your impeachment vote is not adequate for the charge." 

Read the full letter here

Newhouse said Monday he will remain in the seat he has held since 2015.

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