WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) on Tuesday spoke on the Senate Floor regarding his conclusion that he will not vote to remove the President on Wednesday afternoon in the final vote on the two articles of impeachment. Throughout the entire trial, Lankford has provided Facebook Live updates following each day of the impeachment proceedings in the Senate.
Lankford: Our country is deeply divided on multiple issues right now. The impeachment trial is both a symptom of our times and another example of our division. The nation didn’t have an impeachment inquiry for almost 100 years until 1868 with the partisan impeachment of Andrew Johnson. Another impeachment wasn’t conducted for over 100 years after that when the House began a formal impeachment inquiry into President Nixon with an overwhelming bipartisan of 410-4. Just a little over two decades later, there was another partisan impeachment process—President Clinton. When he was impeached on an almost straight partisan vote. Tomorrow, I will join many others in a vote to acquit the President of the United States. His actions certainly do not rise to a level of removal from office. This is clearly another one of our partisan impeachments, now the third in our history.