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President Donald Trump impeached by U.S. House for second time; here's how the Kansas delegation voted

Brianna Childers
Topeka Capital-Journal
From left are U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner, of Kansas' 2nd Congressional District; U.S. Rep. Ron Estes, of the 4th Congressional District; U.S. Rep. Tracy Mann, of the 1st Congressional District, and U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, of the 3rd Congressional District.

All of Kansas' Republican U.S representatives voted Wednesday against supporting an article of impeachment levied against President Donald Trump for incitement of insurrection.

The vote took place Wednesday after the House of Representatives finished debating the article. 

U.S. Rep. Tracey Mann, who also voted Tuesday against the passage of a measure that called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, said in a statement that impeachment will cause more division and add to the political chaos. 

"We will have a peaceful transition of power on January 20th," Mann said. "I will not oversee the slow decline of our nation, but instead will work to ensure a bright future for our children and grandchildren. We must pray for and build a better, stronger America and keep believing that our greatest days are yet to come."

U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner, who also voted no on the 25th Amendment resolution, said in a statement the focus should be on identifying and investigating the people who took part in the mob that broke into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. 

"Instead, Democrats are choosing to ram through a divisive impeachment while simultaneously mobilizing big tech to silence and demonize conservatives," LaTurner said. “The Electoral College has spoken; it is time for our country to turn the page. There will be a peaceful transfer of power on January 20th when President-elect Biden is sworn in, just as our nation has always done since our founding."

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, the state's lone Democratic representative, was an early supporter of invoking the 25th Amendment, tweeting Jan. 6 that "our democracy, safety and security is at stake."

"For the first time in history we have a President who should be impeached twice but because of the time constraints and inaction of Senate Republicans, I urge the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment now," Davids said. 

Davids was one of over 100 representatives who signed on to support the impeachment article. 

U.S. Rep. Ron Estes, who voted against the 25th Amendment resolution, said in a statement Wednesday following the vote that the riots that occurred at the Capitol were "despicable and un-American," and that he supports an investigation but opposes a "rushed, impeachment show trial."

"Our country is deeply divided and we should work on things that unite us, not create more division," Estes said. "This Congress should instead be focused on reopening our country and getting the economy back to full speed again. The families and small businesses which have suffered because of the coronavirus need real leadership in Congress, not partisan gimmicks."