Freshman GOP Rep. Meijer says he’s ‘strongly considering’ impeachment

By: - January 11, 2021 5:52 pm

Rep. Peter Meijer (left) and President Donald Trump (right)

Updated, 6:13 a.m., 1/112/21

Freshman U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Grand Rapids) may be ready to follow in his predecessor’s footprints and impeach President Donald Trump after Wednesday’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol that left several dead.

Meijer, the veteran and heir to the Meijer grocery chair who was elected in November in the Grand Rapids-anchored West Michigan seat, told FOX-17 on Monday that he was “strongly considering” impeachment.

“When it comes to impeachment, it’s something we’re strongly considering at this point. Again, you know, there are timelines and other considerations and additional information that that I want to have before making that decision, affirmatively,” Meijer said. “But again, I think what we saw on Wednesday left the president unfit for office.”

As the Advance previously reported, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives believe they have the votes to impeach President Donald Trump that was introduced Monday, charging him with inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week.

Six of the seven Democratic members from Michigan have signed on: U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), Dan Kildee (D-Flint), Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield), Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.), Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit). Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) signed on later on Monday.*

Trump was impeached by the Democratic-led House in December 2019 for withholding aid unless the Ukrainian government to dug up dirt on now-President-elect Joe Biden. The GOP-controlled Senate acquitted Trump almost a year ago.

Meijer’s predecessor, Justin Amash, left the GOP in July 2019 over his support for Trump’s impeachment and became a Libertarian. Meijer and other Republicans had jumped into the race earlier that year, arguing the district needed new leadership.

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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 22-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQ+ people, the state budget, the economy and more. She previously served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 90 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 5,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 80 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two kids along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.