A divided U.S. House Judiciary Committee voted on Friday to approve articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, and Florida Congress members are taking to social media with commentary on the historic vote.
All 17 Republicans voted no, while 23 Democrats voted yes. The full House will likely vote next week.
Matt Gaetz, Republican
U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, who’s been very outspoken during the impeachment hearings, expressed frustration with House Dems moving forward with impeachment.
Gaetz, a Republican from Pensacola and a fierce defender of President Trump, posted an image of himself walking down the stairs of the United States Capitol on his Instagram.
His caption: “Sadly, I knew this time was coming since the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives. They didn’t lay out a plan to appropriate for the budget or work with us on critical generational issues. They have had a bloodlust for impeachment.”
Val Demings, Democrat
U.S. Rep. Val Demings, an Orlando Democrat and House Judiciary Committee member, said via Twitter: “I have also voted yes on an article of impeachment for obstruction of Congress. Everybody counts. And everybody is accountable.”
She also had a message to Republican lawmakers: “To my Republican colleagues: I reject what you are willing to settle for.”
Greg Steube, Republican
U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, a Sarasota Republican, directed his comments to Democratic committee leaders. He also serves on the House Judiciary Committee.
“This impeachment inquiry was a partisan attack against a duly elected president, attempting to nullify the votes of 63 million Americans. Many who have served in Congress much longer than I have warned against such a partisan approach to impeachment, including Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Nadler,” Steube said in a statement released on his Twitter account.
Kathy Castor, Democrat
Another U.S. congresswoman tweeted her remarks following the historic impeachment vote Friday.
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, a Tampa Bay Democrat, said via Twitter: “President Trump abused the power of his office, undermined our national security and jeopardized the next election. While the president violated his oath of office, I intend to uphold mine.”
Frederica Wilson, Democrat
Via Twitter: “This is a sad day in history but no one in this country, including the president, is above the law. #DefendOurDemocracy”
Ted Deutch, Democrat
U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, a South Florida Democrat, is also a member on the Judiciary Committee.
He weighed in via Twitter: “Pres. Trump solicited foreign interference in our election for personal gain. That is abuse of power. He fully denied Congressional investigations. That is obstruction. @HouseJudiciary voted to send 2 Articles of Impeachment to the full House to defend the Constitution.”