Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks has tried to sell Iowans on the fact she is a pro-Trump Republican. But it is interesting to see who her leadership PAC, “Six PAC,” is giving money to.
Ten House Republicans voted to impeach President Donald J. Trump. Her Six PAC has contributed money to half of them.
The Six PAC hasn’t contributed to Congressmen Adam Kinzinger, Anthony Gonzalez or Fred Upton — all three announced they would not seek re-election.
It also did not contribute to Congresswoman Liz Cheney or Congressman Tom Rice.
But Miller-Meeks’ PAC did give:
*$2,900 to Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler on June 23, 2022.
*$2,900 to Rep. John Katko on June 28, 2021. (Katko is not seeking re-election)
*$2,750 to Rep. David Valadao on June 28, 2021.
*$1,500 to Rep. Dan Newhouse on June 23, 2022.
$1,500 to Rep. Peter Meijer on June 27, 2022. (lost re-election)
Herrera Beutler was relentless in her words after voting to impeach Trump. Here is a portion of her statement:
“The President of the United States incited a riot aiming to halt the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the next. That riot led to five deaths. People everywhere watched in disbelief as the center of American democracy was assaulted. The violent mob bludgeoned to death a Capitol police officer as they defaced symbols of our freedom. These terrorists roamed the Capitol, hunting the Vice President and the Speaker of the House.
“Hours went by before the President did anything meaningful to stop the attack. Instead, he and his lawyer were busy making calls to senators who were still in lockdown, seeking their support to further delay the Electoral College certification. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy describes pleading with the President to go on television and call for an end to the mayhem, to no avail. The President attacked Vice President Mike Pence on Twitter while Pence was in a secure room having fled from the mob that had breached the Senate floor threatening to hang him. Finally, the President released a pathetic denouncement of the violence that also served as a wink and a nod to those who perpetrated it: “I love you,” he said to them, “you are special.” More hours of destruction and violence ensued before law enforcement officials were finally able to clear the Capitol.”
Katko was the first Republican to announce his support for impeachment, writing an op-ed in The Hill about it:
“In the same politically unclouded process I used as a Federal Prosecutor, I came to the conclusion that the President’s role in the insurrection was undeniable. Both on social media ahead of January 6th, and in his speech that day, he deliberately promoted baseless theories that created a combustible environment of misinformation and division. Our nation simply cannot function without the peaceful transfer of power and the recognition of carefully reviewed election results. To allow the President of the United States to incite this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy and to our security.”
Congressman Valadao said:
“President Trump was, without question, a driving force in the catastrophic events that took place on January 6 by encouraging masses of rioters to incite violence on elected officials, staff members, and our representative democracy as a whole…Based on the facts before me, I have to go with my gut and vote my conscience. I voted to impeach President Trump. His inciting rhetoric was un-American, abhorrent, and absolutely an impeachable offense. It’s time to put country over politics.”
“Last week, hateful and un-American extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol, attacking both the structural embodiment of our Republic and the values we promote as citizens of this great nation. This violent mob, intent on disturbing the constitutional duties of Congress, resulted in the tragic loss of American lives, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer. The mob was inflamed by the language and misinformation of the President of the United States…A vote against this impeachment is a vote to validate the unacceptable violence we witnessed in our nation’s capital. It is also a vote to condone President Trump’s inaction. He did not strongly condemn the attack nor did he call in reinforcements when our officers were overwhelmed. Our country needed a leader, and President Trump failed to fulfill his oath of office.”
“There was no such courage from our President who betrayed and misled millions with claims of a ‘stolen election’ and encouraged loyalists that ‘if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore.’ The one man who could have restored order, prevented the deaths of five Americans including a Capitol Police officer, and avoided the desecration of our Capitol shrank from leadership when our country needed it most.”