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Kentucky Congressmen vote along party lines on impeachment

Posted at 10:11 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-19 06:34:04-05

WASHINGTON, D.C. (LEX 18) — Kentucky's six members of the House of Representatives cast their votes on impeachment articles brought against President Trump on Wednesday night.

The vote was along party lines. Democratic Congessman John Yarmuth, who represents Louisville, voted yes on both articles of impeachment while the five republican congressmen, James Comer, Brett Guthrie, Thomas Massie, Hal Rogers and Andy Barr all voted no.

In a video statement posted to Rep. Yarmuth's twitter page on Tuesday, he explained his reasoning for voting yes on impeachment.

"Far from an isolated incident, these crimes are an exclamation point on his continued abuse of the presidency," he said.

Rep. Andy Barr gave a speech on the House floor prior to the vote.

"Far from compromising national security, the president's actions advanced national security. Oppose this impeachment," Rep. Barr said.

He followed up on twitter after the vote, writing, "Today is a sad day for our country, as House Democrats voted to move forward with their hyper-partisan, two-and-a-half year plan to impeach President Trump."

Kentucky lawmakers outside of the House of Representatives also shared their opinion on the vote.

Senator Rand Paul released a statement calling the impeachment, "unnecessary, distracting and counterproductive."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell tweeted that he would take to the floor of the Senate tomorrow morning to, "speak about House Democrats' precedent-breaking impeachment of the president of the United States.