JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young voted against impeaching President Donald Trump on a charge of “incitement of insurrection” Wednesday, one week after a deadly mob siege of the Capitol that Young called “an act of terror against American democracy, law enforcement and members of Congress.”
Young, in a statement posted on social media, said a message must be sent “by bringing the perpetrators of violence to justice, and prosecuting them to the fullest extent of the law. Our nation must recover from the deep wounds of division that have driven us apart over the past few years, but I do not believe that impeaching a president in the last week of his term is the best way forward.”
Young’s vote was announced by another House member. His office did not immediately say why he didn’t cast his vote personally.
The House vote to impeach was 232-197.