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Rep. Peter Meijer defends vote to impeach Pres. Trump during virtual town hall

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United States Representative Peter Meijer held his first ever town hall Wednesday evening, where the Republican from Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District defended his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump. Speaking from his office in Washington D.C., Meijer began the town hall describing his experience on January 6th, when the Capitol Building came under attack. 

“(I remember) just being forced out, (of the building,) police officers escorting us under gun-point to elevators, pushing elevator buttons," Meijer said. "We go down to sub-basements, knowing that one of the House buildings we were walking towards had already been evacuated, knowing that there had been pipe-bombs that had been discovered in the area, (and) not knowing if our colleagues were killed or injured or missing.”

Meijer also described his shock at President Donald Trump’s response as he and other lawmakers ran for their lives.

“As that occurred, the only message that I saw from the President, was him attacking (Vice President) Mike Pence and criticizing Mike Pence, questioning his courage, questioning his patriotism-- for not just waving a magic wand and overturning the election somehow,” Meijer said.

Meijer has come under heavy criticism from fellow GOP lawmakers and a number of residents in the 3rd District for voting to impeach President Trump. Meijer, who looked visibily emotional at times Wednesday, used the first portion of the town hall to explain his decision.

“When I think of Officer Sicknip, when I think of the 140 members of law enforcement who were sent to the hospital, when I think of the other 4 Americans who died that day, the police officers who have since committed suicide, of the tragedy that has occurred--not to mention, the attempt to override, the attempt to interfere, the attempt to destroy our constitutional process--it required a significant response. And that is why I ultimately arrived at the decision to impeach.”

Elected in November, Meijer is one of only 10 United States House Representatives who voted for impeachment, a group that also includes fellow Congressman Fred Upton of Michigan as well.