House Republican Whip Steve Scalise spoke on the House floor Wednesday during President Donald Trump’s impeachment resolution hearing.
Scalise announced prior to the meeting that he would not vote for impeachment.
He released the following statement last night:
“Like many Americans, I am deeply upset and outraged over the domestic terrorism we witnessed last week in our nation’s Capitol. It is clear that tensions in our country are dangerously high. It is incumbent upon leaders to be focused, first and foremost, on uniting our country and ensuring a smooth transition of power to the Biden administration over the coming days. The sheerly political and divisive actions House Democrats have put on the Floor this week to attempt to remove President Trump from office, just days before his term expires, are contrary to the unity we need and would in fact further fuel the dangerous tensions we are seeing. I will not vote in support of these divisive actions.
“While it is clear we must address all the actions that motivated last week’s anarchists to riot at the Capitol, a rushed impeachment that hasn’t even had a single hearing is clearly not the appropriate or practical way to do so and would set a dangerous precedent.
“For the sake of our nation, the House must get back to working on behalf of all American families who are counting on us to come together. All Members of Congress need to work towards calming down the rhetoric and creating a positive path forward.”
Scalise opened up his speech on the House floor calling for political violence to end.
“We need to be focused on toning down the rhetoric and helping heal this nation as we move toward a peaceful transition of power for President-elect Joe Biden next week,” Scalise said.
“I have seen the dark evil of political violence first hand and it needs to stop,” said Scalise. “I oppose this rushed impeachment without a single hearing. This will only serve to divide a nation calling out for healing.”
Scalise was shot at a Congressional baseball game practice in 2017.