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Breaking with Bacon, former Omaha Rep. Brad Ashford urges swift impeachment

Breaking with Bacon, former Omaha Rep. Brad Ashford urges swift impeachment

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Former U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford, left, with U.S. Rep. Don Bacon in 2016. 

Lawmakers in the U.S. House are reconvening at the Capitol for the first time since the deadly pro-Trump riot to approve a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to declare the president unable to serve. Pence is not expected to take any such action. The House would next move swiftly to impeach Trump.

Former Omaha Rep. Brad Ashford, a Democrat breaking with the Republican candidate he endorsed last fall, Rep. Don Bacon, says the House and Senate should vote for impeachment — and do so quickly.

“The horrific events of the last week and the blatant attack on our democracy incited by (President) Donald Trump justify a vote,” Ashford said Wednesday.

Ashford urged the Nebraska delegation in Congress to support the resolution removing Trump from office, including the provision precluding him from serving in office again.

Bacon and his fellow Republicans in Nebraska’s all-GOP House delegation — Reps. Jeff Fortenberry and Adrian Smith — opposed impeaching Trump.

Ashford has drawn sharp criticism online in recent days from Nebraska Democrats for his endorsement of Bacon over fellow Democrat Kara Eastman in the 2020 election for the 2nd District.

Eastman said Wednesday she would have voted to impeach Trump.

Ashford said he supports Bacon’s efforts on the Problem Solvers caucus, which pressed to break Congress’ recent impasse on coronavirus relief legislation, but “ we disagree on impeachment.”

Reached Wednesday, Bacon said: “I respect Brad (Ashford), and I don’t defend the president’s behavior after the election.”

Ashford served the Omaha area in Congress from 2015-2017. Bacon, who last fall defeated Eastman to win a third term, beat Ashford in 2016. Ashford tried to run again for the seat in 2018 but was defeated by Eastman in the primary.

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