Skip to main content

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 | Racial Justice

Republican Issa Lone San Diego Congressional Rep To Vote Against Impeachment

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., signs the article of impeachment agains...

Photo by Alex Brandon / AP

Above: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., signs the article of impeachment against President Donald Trump in an engrossment ceremony before transmission to the Senate for trial on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.

KPBS Midday Edition Segments podcast branding

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa was the sole member of the San Diego congressional delegation to vote "no" on impeaching President Trump.

Aired: January 14, 2021 | Transcript

East County Rep. Darrell Issa, R-50, was the only San Diego-area Congressional representative to vote against impeachment Wednesday, joining all but 10 House Republicans in that rejection.

Issa said impeaching the president will further divide the nation.

Listen to this story by Matt Hoffman.

"What’s being debated is whether, with 167 hours before he leaves office, is he a clear and present danger, and he clearly isn’t," he said on the House floor. "The president has acted the same for four years, he has rallied his base."

All four San Diego Democratic representatives voted for impeachment.

"The facts are clear, the evidence of Trump’s insurrection overwhelming," said Rep. Mike Levin, D-49, on the House floor as he joined fellow Democrats in voting for impeachment.

"We had a decision to make today — each of us that took the oath of office — whether or not we would stand against domestic terrorism or whether to look the other way and history will remember what we did today," Levin said.

Freshman representative Sara Jacobs, D-53, also spoke on the house floor supporting impeachment.

"A violent mob threatened our lives in this chamber and almost succeeded incited by the president who broadcasted lies about the outcome of our election," she said.

She also called for accountability for those responsible for last week's attack on the Capitol, adding, "If you don't have the highest level of accountability the first time this happens you’re more likely to have this happen again."

Rep. Scott Peters, D-52, also held the president and his false statements about election fraud responsible for the violence. He said wished Trump would resign, or his that the cabinet would use the 25th Amendment to remove him.

"I’m not happy about having to do this," Peters said right after the vote, "but the first thing I promised when I go to Congress is I raise my hand and say I'm going to defend my country against all enemies foreign and domestic. And that’s what we’re doing today. I hate that we have to do this, I hadn’t planned on it but I think it’s — absolutely under these circumstances — it was the right thing to do. It was the only thing to do."

Peters, Jacobs and Levin all told KPBS they heard overwhelmingly from constituents to support impeachment. They were joined in their vote by Rep. Juan Vargas, who on Saturday called Trump a threat to national security. He urged the Senate to act in the best interest of the American people.

“I urge Mitch McConnell to act immediately in the best interest of the American people,” Vargas said in a statement. “Keeping him (Trump) in office is a threat to our national security, he must be removed from office immediately. Trump has incited domestic terror throughout his entire term. Last week’s horrific actions are part of a string of violent attacks by white nationalist Trump supporters.”

McConnell has indicated he will not convene an emergency session of the Senate, all but ensuring that the impeachment trial will start after Jan. 19, the quickest the Senate can start under the current calendar.

In an interview after the vote, Peters cited one reason why he would have preferred resignation or invocation of the 25th Amendment, saying, "Now we have to spend part of the Biden presidency clearing up this mess."

San Diego News Now podcast branding

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria delivers his first State Of The City address on Wednesday. Meanwhile, San Diego congressional representatives make their case for or against impeachment on Capitol hill - mostly for. Plus, delivery drivers at supermarkets are already seeing the effects of Prop 22.

Aired: January 14, 2021 | Transcript

Election 2020 news coverage

  • Need help keeping up with the news that matters most? Get the day's top news — ranging from local to international — straight to your inbox each weekday morning.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Photo of Matt Hoffman

Matt Hoffman
General Assignment Reporter

opening quote marksclosing quote marksI am a general assignment reporter for KPBS. In addition to covering the latest news and issues that are relevant to the San Diego community, I like to dig deeper to find the voices and perspectives that other media often miss.

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.