Rep. Greg Gianforte voted against the impeachment of President Donald Trump on Wednesday, calling the vote a “baseless” partisan attack. Sen. Steve Daines followed shortly after, calling the vote a “sham.”
Gianforte was on the losing end of a House vote cast late in the day after hours of deliberation. While Trump becomes just the third sitting U.S. president ever to be impeached, Gianforte maintained Trump’s defense.
“Today, this chamber is pushing through the most partisan, baseless articles of impeachment in our history,” Gianforte said during his time on the House floor.
“House Democrats’ hyper-partisan impeachment has been a sham since day one, driven by those whose bitter rage against President Trump has blinded their better judgement. The fact is they resolved to overturn the results of the 2016 election the day President Trump won.”
Lawmakers voted to impeach the president for abuse of power on a 230-197 vote, which fell along party lines. The House followed with a second vote of 229-198 that Trump obstructed Congress.
After the vote, Sen. Steve Daines weighed in on the House vote.
“Democrats have been obsessed with impeaching President Trump and overturning the will of the American people since before he was even sworn into office,” Daines said in a statement issued just before 7 p.m.
“This unprecedented impeachment sham has now been dumped on the lap of the United States Senate. It’s time to put an end to this and get back to work for the American people.”
Gianforte stated his intent to vote against impeachment while on the House floor, where he called the committee hearings leading up to the vote “a scripted, substance free, made-for-tv show.”
“They would be a comedy, if impeachment weren’t so serious and grave,” he said.
Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., didn’t issue a statement after the vote.