JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) says an orderly transfer of power is the best way for the country to heal and move past last week’s events in Washington, D.C.
Wicker issued the statement as many lawmakers push for the removal or impeachment of President Donald Trump whose term ends at noon on Jan. 20.
U.S. Rep. Michael Guest (R-MS) | Source: guest.house.gov
“In accordance with our Constitution, the orderly transfer of power will occur at noon on January 20. The best way for our country to heal and move past the events of last week would be for this process to continue,” Wicker stated.
In a similar statement, U.S. Rep. Michael Guest (R-Miss.), said he opposes the actions of House Democrats to unseat the president and calls for national leaders to instead focus on uniting the country.
Full statement from Rep. Guest:
“Last week was one of the more difficult weeks for our nation in recent history. The pictures that appeared across the nation on television and computer screens will never rest easily in the minds of Americans. Now, it's vitally important that we turn our attention toward healing our nation following the events that took place at the Capitol, and I encourage all Americans to focus on the common values we share as citizens of this great country and to put aside our perceived differences.
In this spirit, I believe the resolution urging Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment against President Trump and the articles of impeachment that are being discussed in the House of Representatives would be counterproductive and divide our country even further. As we begin preparing for a transfer of power from one administration to another in less than 10 days, I believe it is vitally important to allow our nation to heal, and I believe these actions that are being pushed on the House floor would prevent our nation from beginning the healing process.
At this decisive moment in our history, we must focus on uniting our country and avoid stoking the fiery tensions currently consuming our nation.”
Many blame the president for inciting the riot on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol where rioters broke into the federal building and destroyed property in response to the election of President-elect Joe Biden.
Congress met on Jan. 6 to certify Biden's win. However, 147 lawmakers objected to the certification. A total of 377 lawmakers did not object.
Guest objected, alongside Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Reps. Trent Kelly and Steven Palazzo, all Republicans from Mississippi.
Wicker and Rep. Bennie Thomspon (D-Miss.) did not object.