Rep. Peter Meijer admitted on Sunday that “I could very well have” ended my career after joining nine other Republicans who voted last week to impeach President Trump.
But during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Mr. Meijer – a freshman from Michigan who succeeded Justin Amash, who joined the House as a Republican but became independent in 2019 before voting for to impeach the president that year – upheld the decision.
“But I think it’s also important that we have elected leaders who don’t just think about what is in their own personal interest, not what is going to be politically expedient, but what we really need for the sake of it. country, ”he said, noting that its seat was once occupied by former President Gerald Ford.
Mr Ford committed a “courageous act” – an act that ended his political career – by forgiving Richard M. Nixon after Watergate, Mr Meijer said. Although he did not wish to reflect Mr Ford’s electoral defeat, he said he wanted to ensure that political leaders focus on “the fact that we are a nation of laws, not of men” and place the interests of the nation ahead of their own careers.
Mr Meijer said the past few days had been “absolutely devastating”. Impeaching a president, especially one from his own party, he added, was not something he had always wanted to do.
In the midst of the impeachment vote last week, Meijer said that Mr. Trump had “betrayed his oath of office by seeking to undermine our constitutional process, and he bears the responsibility of inciting the insurgency that we have. suffered.