EASTON — Former Eastern Shore congressman Wayne Gilchrest supports impeaching President Donald Trump.
Gilchrest represented the Shore in Congress from 1991 to 2009. He was a moderate Republican but is now a registered Democrat.
Gilchrest is no fan of Trump and backed Joe Biden’s presidential bid.
He has joined 29 other former Republicans lawmakers in a letter to Congress supporting impeaching Trump after the storming of the U.S. Capitol by protesters on Jan. 6. The House approved impeaching Trump on Wednesday, Jan. 13.
Democrats want to impeach and convict Trump charging him with inciting an insurrection. The impeachment efforts could potentially keep try to keep Trump from running for the White House again in 2024.
“There is no excuse for nor defense of a President of the United States to actively orchestrate an insurrection on a separate but coequal branch of government,” Gilchrest and his anti-Trump cohorts wrote in their letter to members of Congress. “Surely, the Founders would be sickened by the thought of such actions. As members of the branch that was under attack — not just politically but physically — you must remove the president from office. Congress must send a strong and clear message not just to this president but future presidents that this type of behavior will not be tolerated or accepted.”
The letter was distributed by the Project on Government Oversight (POGO). The Washington-based group.
U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md-1st, opposes the new Trump impeachment push. Harris is a Trump supporter. He also beat Gilchrest in the 2008 GOP primary for the Eastern Shore’s congressional seat.
House impeachment efforts have been led by U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md.-8th. The true drama will likely come when the U.S. Senate considers the impeachment articles and whether Trump’s foes will have the required votes to for conviction.
A 2019 impeachment effort against Trump failed to muster enough support in the Senate.