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Michigan GOP committee deadlocks on resolution to censure Meijer over impeachment vote

Michigan GOP committee deadlocks on resolution to censure Meijer over impeachment vote
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Rep. Peter MeijerPeter MeijerRepublicans, please save your party Biden sparks Twitter debate over pronunciation of Midwest supermarket chain Will the post-Trump GOP party be coming anytime soon? MORE (Mich.) was able to avoid a censure from Republicans in his home district on Monday following a deadlocked vote on a resolution to condemn the GOP congressman for voting to impeach former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE last month. 

The 11-11 vote by the state Republican Party's 3rd Congressional District Committee pitted Trump loyalists against Republicans condemning some representatives’ repeated unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election, The Detroit News reported

Meijer was one of 10 GOP lawmakers who joined all House Democrats last month in voting to impeach Trump, charging him with one article of inciting the deadly mob attack at the Capitol with his continued unsupported allegations of a “rigged” election in favor of President BidenJoe BidenBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Myanmar military conducts violent night raids Confidence in coronavirus vaccines has grown with majority now saying they want it MORE

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Trump now faces an impeachment trial in the Senate this week, though a conviction is widely considered unlikely, as 17 Republicans would need to back the move in order to achieve the two-thirds support necessary to convict. 

The Detroit News reported that Mike Hewitt, chairman of the district committee, said Meijer addressed the panel ahead of the vote Monday evening and that “it was a very civil exchange.” 

“We voted. There’s not much to say beyond that. The math is the math," Hewitt added. 

He went on to say that "the congressman was very gracious in his time and his explanation of his position, and the members of the committee listened intently. We had a brief conversation after and a vote, and you know the results."

The Hill has reached out to Meijer's office for comment. 

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While Meijer was able to avoid the largely symbolic display of disapproval, fellow Michigan Rep. Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonBiden convenes bipartisan meeting on cancer research Republicans, please save your party Democrats snipe on policy, GOP brawls over Trump MORE (R) has been censured by the Cass County Republican Party and Allegan County Republican Party in response to his vote in favor of impeachment. 

At least five other House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump have since been censured by state or local Republican parties, including the House GOP conference chairwoman, Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyMarjorie Taylor Greene's delay tactics frustrate GOP Paul Ryan to host fundraiser for Cheney amid GOP tensions Republicans, please save your party MORE (R-Wyo.). 

Cheney has been censured by the Republican parties in 13 of Wyoming’s 23 counties, and on Saturday was censured by the state’s GOP organization, which criticized her for voting to impeach Trump without offering the then-president a “formal hearing or due process.” 

Cheney responded to the Wyoming GOP vote in a statement, explaining that her vote for impeachment “was compelled by the oath I swore to the Constitution.” 

“Wyoming citizens know that this oath does not bend or yield to politics or partisanship,” Cheney continued. “I will always fight for Wyoming values and stand up for our Western way of life.”