Michigan members of the U.S. House of Representatives divided along party lines on the Halloween Day vote to ratify an impeachment inquiry against President Donald J. Trump.
One Independent and seven Democrats voted in favor of the impeachment inquiry. All six Republican Michigan members of the House voted against it. The final tally to proceed was 233-196.
Justin Amash, I-Cascade Township, joined with the Democrats voting for the impeachment inquiry as expected. Amash has been outspoken in his criticism of Trump, and previously this year had resigned as a member of the Republican Party.
“To my Republican colleagues: Step outside your media and social bubble,” Amash tweeted. “History will not look kindly on disingenuous, frivolous, and false defenses of this man.”
The six Michigan Republicans had issued a letter to Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday in which they expressed their concern the closed-door impeachment inquiry that had been conducted without Republican participation violated due process.
“For more than a month, the House’s impeachment inquiry has been conducted entirely behind closed doors,” the letter reads. “While the resolution, H. Res. 660, attempts to bring a veneer of transparency to the proceedings, it falls far short and instead continues to undermine the bedrock principle of due process.”
The letter continued: “While the politics of impeachment are nothing new over the past 45 years, the House in the past demonstrated the use of consistent, bipartisan procedures to ensure due process is given during presidential inquiries. While we certainly do not presume to know all that the impeachment inquiry may find, we are certain a more transparent process that is beyond reproach can only lead to a more credible outcome.”
Rep. Timothy Wahlberg, R-Jackson, released a statement after Thursday’s vote in which he commented: “This highly partisan impeachment process has been broken from day one. Today’s resolution does not provide the due process required of such a consequential inquiry and does nothing to eliminate secret depositions.”
On Twitter, Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Rochester Hills, said: “This is not a vote to impeach the presiden. The House is following a deliberate, fair process to make sure the American people have all the facts.”
Rep. John Moolenar, R-Midland, issued a press statement in which he stated: “I have heard from thousands of my constituents and the majority of them oppose the Democrats’ efforts to remove the president elected with strong support in this district. They want to see people in Washington working together to find common ground on the issues facing our country,” he said.