Former Republican congressman: 'Impeachment is necessary'

Former Republican congressman: 'Impeachment is necessary'
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Former Republican Rep. Denver RigglemanDenver RigglemanDemocrats plot next move after GOP sinks Jan. 6 probe Cheney calls Greene's comments on House mask policy 'evil lunacy' Greene under fire for comparing mask policy to the Holocaust MORE (Va.) tweeted his support for President TrumpDonald TrumpWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Black Secret Service agent told Trump it was offensive to hold rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth: report MORE’s impeachment on Tuesday, saying it is “necessary” in order to combat conspiracy theories.

The former Virginia congressman put out a series of tweets saying the GOP is wrong to say that impeachment “could cause further violence” and that it “could [b]e more dangerous” not to impeach the president.


Many are calling for Trump’s impeachment after the Capitol attack last Wednesday that left five people dead and many others injured. Some rioters are self-proclaimed supporters of QAnon conspiracy theories. 

Allowing President Trump to walk away, validates messianic conspiracy theories and disinformation,” Riggleman tweeted. “If there is no accountability for POTUS & allies pushing radical conspiracies, those who believe Trump is the ordained protector will believe the conspiracies true, that he had so much evidence against evil-doers they would not convict him.”

Trump peddled conspiracy theories of election fraud for weeks after the election was called for President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenObama: Ensuring democracy 'continues to work effectively' keeps me 'up at night' New Jersey landlords prohibited from asking potential tenants about criminal records Overnight Defense: Pentagon pulling some air defense assets from Middle East | Dems introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for discrimination | White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE. At a rally Wednesday he encouraged people to march to the Capitol to protest the "stolen" election.


While people were breaking into the Capitol building, Trump released a video on Twitter that continued to say the election was fraudulent and called the rioters “special."

“Impeaching President Trump for his grotesque use of power and language to incite riots, based on coordinated disinformation, will aid in dousing the fire of conspiracy grifters and to show QAnon believers that WWG1WGA was a horrific lie,” Riggleman said, referring to the QAnon phrase 'where we go one, we go all.'

“Impeachment destroys the mirage," he added.

Articles of impeachment have been written and will be presented this week. Sen. Ben SasseBen SasseGOP senators applaud Biden for global vaccine donation plans Pence: Trump and I may never 'see eye to eye' on events of Jan. 6 White House: Biden will not appoint presidential Jan. 6 commission MORE (R-Neb.) said he would consider impeachment depending on why the National Guard wasn’t sent in during the Capitol riot. However, other Republicans have said impeachment will cause more division and will not help the situation.