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Trump throws support behind challenger of Washington Republican who voted to impeach him

Former President Trump on Friday endorsed challenger to Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) in a social media post, calling the incumbent congressman a “weak, pathetic RINO.”

President Trump has endorsed Jerrod Sessler, a U.S. Navy veteran and former NASCAR driver who is running against Newhouse to represent Washington’s 4th Congressional District.

President Trump: “Jerrod Sessler is a great candidate and will be a great representative for Washington’s 4th Congressional District.” Said In a post by Truth Social. “A Navy veteran, entrepreneur, and loving father and husband, Jerrod is dedicated to securing our borders, defending the rule of law, strengthening our military, caring for our veterans, and defending our nation. , will fight hard every day to defend a nation that is always under siege” Second Amendment. ”

“He’s trying to run against a weak, pathetic RINO named Newhouse who voted to impeach me for no reason,” Trump continued. “Newhouse has to go! Jerrod Sessler is MAGA through and through and has my full support – he will never let you down!!!”

Newhouse was one of 10 Republicans to vote to impeach Trump following the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol. He was re-elected in 2022, even though President Trump endorsed another candidate.

Sessler welcomed Trump’s support in a post on social platform X.

“I’m honored” Sessler Said The post included screenshots of Truth social posts supporting Trump.

According to the book “This Won’t Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Fight for America’s Future,” by New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Jonathan Martin, Newhouse said that after the January 6 riot, the Constitution He reportedly floated the idea of ​​invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office. Alexander Burns. He brought up the proposal during a virtual meeting of House Republicans after the Capitol riot, the publication said.

Mr. Newhouse’s fellow Washington Republican, then-Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler also suggested that Republican leaders at the same meeting call for Trump to resign.

“Another solution for us as a conference to consider is to ask our own leadership to work with the Republican leadership in the Senate and call on this president to resign,” Herrera Beutler said, according to the book. Stated.

The Hill collaborated on Newhouse’s campaign.

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