Freshman Rep. Mace Defends Vote Against Impeachment, Says Censure Better Option Rep. Nancy Mace speaks to the crowd at an event with Sen. Lindsey Graham at the Charleston County Victory Office during Grahams campaign bus tour on Oct. 31, 2020. (Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)
By Newsmax Wires | Sunday, 17 January 2021 11:35 AM
Freshman Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., said Sunday she voted against the impeachment of President Donald Trump in the wake of a deadly Capitol siege by his supporters because it “bypassed due process.”
In an interview on NBC News’ “Meet The Press,” Mace also lamented that the House didn’t decide instead to censure Trump.
“The fact that we did not open up an investigation, bypassed due process, that set a dangerous constitutional precedent for others,” she said. “Even if you think the president is guilty as hell, like many do believe, there has to be due process. There has to be an investigation…. you would have gotten more Republicans on board if it were done with due process, with an investigation.”
Mace added that a debate should have included whether censure was constitutional.
“But we couldn't bring it up for debate or look at that as an option because we were trying hard to figure out how do we hold a president accountable that put all of our lives at risk,” she said. “This was a traumatic event for many members of Congress. I believe in the days, weeks and months to come, as we learn more, the worse it's going to get. We feared for our lives.”
Mace said GOP efforts to overturn election results were “enormously disappointing,” and urged the Republican Party — and nation — now have to rebuild.
“I had to walk through a crime scene where that young woman was shot and killed to get into the chamber to vote, to certify what was supposed to be a ceremonial vote to certify the Electoral College,” she said.
“Yet my colleagues continued to object. They knew these objections were not going to work and they were unconstitutional. It is enormously disappointing. … Congress had no business overturning the Electoral College. I praise Vice President [Mike] Pence for standing up and correcting some of the untruths, but we need to rebuild the Republican Party. We need to rebuild our country.”
Mace also said she thinks her colleague Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who is House Republican Conference chair — the third-highest position in the House Republican leadership — will fend off any challenges to her leadership, calling the pushback on her for voting for Trump’s impeachment.
“The irony in all of this is the same people that were complaining and screaming about the President being silenced on Twitter want to silence a dissenting voice within our own party,” Mace said. “So I find that very hypocritical and very disappointing, because we should embrace dissension. We should embrace debate.”
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