Rep. Curtis says he'll vote against impeachment, but supports an inquiry

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Posted at 8:58 AM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 11:03:13-05

WASHINGTON — Congressman John Curtis of Utah's 3rd Congressional District told C-SPAN he will not vote to impeach President Donald Trump Wednesday, but he is in favor of opening an impeachment inquiry.

"I'm not going to vote for impeachment. I'm very troubled by the time clock. I don't understand the rush to judgment. One of our bedrocks of our judicial system is fair trial and innocence until proven guilty, and I just think we're robbing those of us who would need a little bit more time. We're robbing the American people, we're robbing the 70 million people that voted for him to do this so quickly," Curtis said. "I would actually be happy to vote for an impeachment inquiry. We were robbed of that. We didn't even have that opportunity. There is no justification at all for speed. There's nothing that speed accomplishes and we need more time to digest what happened, to get more facts. An impeachment process that lasted with testimonies and hearings and witnesses, why are we precluding all that?"

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Curtis told C-SPAN he believes President Trump bears some responsibility for the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, but the extent of Trump's responsibility is unclear.

Click here to watch the full C-SPAN interview.

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