After a contentious week in Washington D.C. following the riot at the U.S. Capitol, President Donald Trump became the first president in history to be impeached twice, this time on the charge of "incitement of insurrection."
The final vote was 232-197. Ten U.S. House Republicans voted "yes" to the impeachment—not one was from Texas.
This is how Austin-area members of congress voted on impeachment:
- Michael McCaul (R), 10th district, against
- Pete Sessions (R), 17th, against
- Chip Roy (R), 21st, against
- Roger Williams (R), 25th, against
- John Carter (R), 31st, against
- Lloyd Doggett (D), 35th, for
The vote will now be taken to the Senate, which will make the final decision on whether or not Trump should be convicted. Texas Senators have been very vocal about where they stand on the matter.
Junior Senator Ted Cruz (R), was one of the six Senators who voted to reject the Electoral College votes. Cruz has shown support for Trump previously, despite running for president against him in 2016.
Though Cruz did condemn the violence at the U.S. Capitol, his track record says he is likely to vote no on impeachment.
Senior Senator John Cornyn (R), voted to certify the votes on Biden's win, stating that he did not want to vote for Trump's win "based on unproven allegations." However, Cornyn's certification letter praised Trump for what he believed were a multitude of successes during his presidency.
Earlier in the afternoon, the Associated Press reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would not approve the motion to hold an emergency session for the impeachment trial. As a result, the trial likely won't get underway until Jan.19, the day before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, but if the vote is yes, it would stop a future Trump bid for president.
So where did Texas Representatives stand?
In the debate earlier today, Rep. Chip Roy (R), who represents the 21st district, said he believes Trump's actions to incite an insurrection were unconstitutional, but he still didn't vote to impeach him.
Roy said he believes the verbiage used in the articles of impeachment is harmful and will have negative repercussions in the future of free political speech.
"The president of the United States deserves universal condemnation for what was clearly, in my opinion, impeachable conduct, pressuring the Vice President to violate his oath of the Constitution to count the electors," Roy said. "Unfortunately, my Democratic colleagues have drafted articles that I believe are flawed and unsupportable. ... Danger for open speech and debate in this body and for the republic is high if the house approves the articles as written"
Earlier in the afternoon, Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D), who represents the 35th district, said the events on Jan. 6 were a reprehensible, "desperate" attempt to prevent the peaceful transfer of power.
During the debate, Doggett said he was demanding that the president be held accountable for his contributions.
"For years, Donald Trump has honored thugs worldwide who suppress democracy. For months, with a daily diet of lies, he has made clear his refusal to accept any election in which he was not the winner," Doggett said. "America, we did stop the steal. We stopped Donald Trump from stealing our democracy and imposing himself as a tyrant."
Though Roy and Doggett were the only representatives involved in the debate at the time of writing, other Texas Representatives gave hints as to how they would vote last week.
Rep. Roger Williams (R), who represents the 25th district, was one of the officials who voted to overturn the Electoral College results.
Rep. Pete Sessions (R), representing the 17th district, has been at the forefront on the "Stop the Steal" campaign and voted to overturn Electoral College results.
Rep. John Carter (R), representing the 31st district, condemned the storming of the U.S. Capitol the same day on Twitter, saying all offenders should be "prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
Peaceful protests are a fundamental right in the United States, but violence is absolutely unacceptable. Respect… https://t.co/RaghVT7YL4— Judge Carter (@Judge Carter)1609963886.0
Rep. Michael McCaul (R), representing the 10th district, also condemned the attack on the Capitol the same day on Twitter, saying he was disappointed that Trump was not reelected, but that the violence was "disgraceful and has to end."
Let me be clear, anyone who breached the Capitol today, or participated in the violence, should be arrested and pro… https://t.co/z1mD8efZnQ— Michael McCaul (@Michael McCaul)1609965174.0
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Multiple Austin medical sources identify pediatrician Lindley Dodson as the victim in last night's hostage killing at Children's Medical Group.
The second person dead has not been identified but is said to be the alleged shooter, another physician, who did not work at the practice.
Austin physicians are already rallying around the late Dr. Dodson's memory, planning a candlelight vigil, assistance for her husband and children, and staffing for her pediatrics practice.
Dr. Dodson was a long-time Austin area physician who joined Children's Medical Group in 2017.
In 2019, she was named by Texas Super Doctors as one of the top pediatricians in Texas. According to the TSD website, she was also featured in the 2020 selection.
In the wake of her death, Children's Medical Group's website is down.
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2 dead in late night Austin medical office hostage situation—pediatrician said to be one of the victims
Two have been pronounced dead by police after a six-hour hostage situation Tuesday evening at Children's Medical Group practice, just off Mopac at 35th Street.
At around 4 p.m., Austin police and SWAT were present at the doctor's office where multiple hostages, not identified, were held.
The Austin Police Department sent a robot unit into the building, which helped officers identify a victim through the camera on the robot. The SWAT team then entered the building and found two dead.
A pediatrician in the medical practice is said to be one of the victims, while the second person found dead is said to be the shooter. Neither has been identified by police.