GOP lawmaker holds moment of silence on House floor for people who voted for Trump

GOP lawmaker holds moment of silence on House floor for people who voted for Trump
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Rep. Bill JohnsonWilliam (Bill) Leslie JohnsonBy opposing a sham impeachment, I upheld my oath of office A solemn impeachment day on Capitol Hill GOP lawmaker holds moment of silence on House floor for people who voted for Trump MORE (R-Ohio) held a moment of silence for Americans who voted for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE during Wednesday’s House debate on articles of impeachment.

Johnson accused Democrats of trying to "disenfranchise" voters who elected Trump. 

“This is a sad day for America, this partisan impeachment sham seeks to disenfranchise 63 million American voters,” Johnson said from the House floor. 

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“So I want to use my time to call on this chamber, for members to rise and observe a moment of silent reflection. To give every member here the chance to pause for a moment and remember the voices of the 63 million American voters the Democrats today are wanting to silence.”

Lawmakers made their cases for and against impeachment during a debate that spanned most of Wednesday, ahead of a vote on the two articles of impeachment against Trump. 

The two articles, charging Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, are expected to pass largely along party lines.