Nebraska representatives vote against Trump's impeachment.

All three Nebraska congressmen voted against Wednesday's decision to impeach President Donald Trump.

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Rep. Don Bacon, who represents Omaha County's 2nd Congressional District, said he supported the censure but voted against impeachment because he believes President-elect Joe Biden should not be so close to the inauguration.


"The House Speaker's decision to impeach a week before the inauguration will only exacerbate our differences and further inflame passions," Bacon said in a statement. "We need to put cold water on the fire, not more fuel."

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, who represents Lincoln and much of eastern Nebraska, said in a statement that impeachment would only "deepen the trauma of an America already torn by political violence."

"Our goal should be to restore peace to our country. To restore confidence in our government. To restore decency and decorum," he said.

Third District Representative Adrian Smith, who represents much of rural Nebraska, joined his Republican colleagues in voting against impeachment.

Last week he split from Bacon and Fortenberry and voted against confirmation of the Electoral College vote. At the time, he said his goal was not to make Trump a winner, but he wanted to show his concern about loosening voter registration rules. 

Rep. Adrian Smith explains why he opposed the Electoral College results.

The Nebraska Democratic Party condemned the votes in Congress, saying the anti-challenge vote supported the actions of those who stormed the U.S. Capitol. 

"Nebraska Republicans are worthless, so now voters and our party will elect people with a backbone in 2022," Nebraska Democratic Party Chairwoman Jane Kleib said in a statement.


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