Plano Rep. Van Taylor on Trump impeachment, Capitol riot, Marjorie Taylor Greene,
U.S. Rep. Van Taylor offered his take on the impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump, which starts Tuesday, in an episode of Lone Star Politics on (KXAS-TV) NBC 5 that aired Sunday morning.
The Plano Republican voted against impeaching Trump, who is accused of inciting the insurrection that led to the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Trump’s attorneys will likely argue that the proceedings for a person no longer in office are unconstitutional, Lone Star Politics host Julie Fine said.
The House made no effort to ensure due process, and the former president’s constitutional rights were “abridged,” Taylor said on the show.
“Before someone goes to trial in this country, we like to give them due process,” he said. “We like to give them the opportunity to have an attorney, the opportunity to subpoena documents, bring in witnesses. … It was truncated somewhat in the first impeachment of the president, but there was literally no effort to do any of that by the U.S. House of Representatives in the second impeachment of former President Trump, and it’s really disappointing.”
Host Gromer Jeffers Jr., a Dallas Morning News political writer, asked Taylor whether Trump should be held accountable for what happened and if so, how.
The Plano Republican said a lot of questions remain to figure out what happened Jan. 6, such as the level of pre-planning and effort by the rioters.
“Was there any coordination with the White House?” he asked. “I haven’t seen any evidence of that, but I think it’s certainly worth asking that question.”
Taylor predicted it could take months and possibly years to understand all aspects of the riot, similar to how it took years to gain a complete understanding of what happened on 9/11.
Jeffers also asked the congressman about the House’s vote to strip Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia, of her committee assignments in light of her past support for conspiracy theories and the execution of prominent Democrats.
Taylor said that though he was “really appalled by some of the things she said,” she apologized on the floor of the House and he took her at her word, voting against removing her from the posts.
“This idea of cancel culture, this idea that, ‘Oh, you said some things that we don’t like, you can’t apologize for it,’ I don’t think that that’s the way we should be in the Republican Party, really in America,” he said. “I think America needs to be tolerant of diverse opinions, ones that we ourselves don’t hold, and we need to listen to each other.”