EASTON — U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md.-1st, skipped Wednesday’s vote in the House of Representatives to impeach President Donald Trump.
Harris — who is a medical doctor and anesthesiologist — said he spent the day working in the “operating room” on the Eastern Shore.
The Democratic-controlled House passed the new impeachment articles on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Ten Republicans voted for impeachment.
Harris, who supports Trump, previously said he opposed the new impeachment push which comes just days before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. The Eastern Shore conservative skipped the impeachment vote in D.C.
“Today, I spent my time caring for patients in our district during this pandemic. The Speaker’s divisive, hastily called, and politically motivated snap impeachment is a waste of time when we will swear in President-elect Biden in fewer than seven days’ time,” Harris said in a statement.
“In light of his calls for unity and healing, I call on the President-elect to disavow this action. Engaging in a political impeachment that will be moot in one week was another waste of time brought to you by the Democrat majority. While I certainly would have voted against impeachment, and the Congressional Record will reflect that, my constituents were better served by my work in the operating room today than by taking part in this pointless exercise,” Harris said.
Harris objected to Biden’s 2020 victory during Congress’ certification of Electoral College results on Jan. 6.
The certification was disrupted after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.
Democrats have called on Harris to resign over the Capitol chaos. Harris, who represents the Eastern Shore and areas north of Baltimore, has said he won’t resign.
The Trump impeachment now moves to the U.S. Senate.