Bergman releases statement as House plans Trump impeachment vote

Rep. Jack Bergman’s office has not responded to multiple requests from TV6 for an interview since he made his objection to election results after violence broke out at the U.S. Capitol one week ago.
Published: Jan. 13, 2021 at 8:13 AM EST
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC & AP) - As the House is set to vote Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump, Republican Congressman Jack Bergman has released a statement about where he stands.

“The electoral process in Congress has appropriately taken place as provided by our Constitution and laws. With one week remaining before Vice President Joe Biden takes office, today’s move to impeach the President will certainly only further divide our Nation and undoubtedly delay or derail legislation that would help our constituents.

”Let me be clear - as a Nation, we must address the issues that led to last week’s riot at the Capitol, and I will continue to unequivocally denounce these actions and all who participated in these riots. Today’s vote to impeach the President, without even a single hearing, is unprecedented and simply more of the same divisiveness - making no effort to heal our wounds.

“It’s time for our Nation to move forward to find solutions to our problems, continue our efforts to protect our liberties, and build on our collective successes. The American people are frustrated, hurting, and tired of the nonsense seen every day in Washington - on both sides of the aisle. We must do better for the sake of our great Republic.”

Prior to Wednesday, the third-term Republican from Watersmeet Township has not made a public statement since he objected to certifying presidential election results after the deadly U.S. Capitol violence one week ago. Some Republicans who also planned to object changed course after the attack.

Bergman’s office has not responded to multiple requests from TV6 for an interview since he made his objection. Bergman issued this statement Wednesday night, saying his objection was not an attempt to overturn the election and it showed his belief “that irregularities, discrepancies, and usurpation of state election laws demanded an investigation into the 2020 election.” The election was certified early Thursday morning.

Bergman, who easily won re-election in November, has not made a public statement after the deaths of U.S. Capitol Police officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood or explained where he stands on the push for President Trump’s second impeachment. Trump faces a single charge, “incitement of insurrection,” after telling a mob of loyalists to, as he put it, “fight like hell” against election results.

The subsequent attack on the U.S. Capitol turned deadly and delayed finalizing Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory. While the first impeachment of Trump last year brought no Republican votes in the House, a small but significant number of lawmakers are breaking with the GOP to join Democrats. Trump said Tuesday that the impeachment effort itself is causing “tremendous anger” in the country.

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