WASHINGTON, DC (WSKG) – The House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump 230 to 197, mostly split upon party lines. Representatives from upstate New York followed suit.
Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) was elected last year in a district won heavily by President Trump in 2016. He was one of around a dozen Democrats watched closely as they considered their vote going into this week, but ultimately came out in support of impeachment.
“I went back this weekend, and laid out all the transcripts on my table, got the highlighter out, made lots of notes, reviewed several articles about impeachment, looked at some articles that were written by constitutional law experts and ultimately came to the conclusion that there was sufficient evidence to move forward,” Brindisi said.
He voted for both articles, something he said was difficult for him to do, having had some legislative success in working with the administration on veterans care and a replacement for NAFTA. But on the same hand, he thinks voters won’t be that concerned about impeachment at the ballot box in 2020.
“Judging from town halls that I’ve had over the last year, impeachment is not a top concern for people, but lowering the cost of prescription drugs is,” Brindisi said.
GOP Reps. Tom Reed (R-NY), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and John Katko (R-NY) voted against impeachment. Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-NY), also another Democrat in a district Trump won, voted for the impeachment articles. The House must now selected impeachment managers, representatives who will act as attorneys in a Senate trial, which is set for next month.