Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s characterization of impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump as a “farce” is shamefully partisan hyperbole that ignores her oath of office.
In joining all House Republicans by voting against rules for a formal impeachment hearing, the Battle Ground Republican has chosen party over country and obfuscation over transparency. With Democrats holding a majority in the House of Representatives, the measure passed anyway, setting up the next stage of hearings in the 5-week-old impeachment inquiry.
Herrera Beutler, in her fifth term in Congress, might be expected to follow party dogma in trying to halt the process. But her explanations on Facebook and Twitter fly in the face of logic and common sense, promoting Republican talking points designed to sow discord and doubt among the voting public.
Indeed, impeachment proceedings are inherently divisive. Herrera Beutler correctly notes the gravity of the situation and the weighty duty carried by all members of Congress. Talking about impeaching an American president and perhaps removing him from office — which would be up to the Senate — is not something to be taken lightly.
But it is there that we refer the congresswoman to her oath of office: “I, (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution … and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”