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How Florida members of Congress voted on formalizing Trump impeachment

And what they said about it. One Republican is open to impeachment.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted along party lines on Thursday to formalize the rules for the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

All 13 Florida Democrats joined 219 House colleagues to support the latest impeachment step. The entire House GOP, including Florida’s 14 Republicans, voted against the measure and they were joined by two Democrats.

The outcome was not a surprise, as last month all Florida Democrats indicated they supported moving forward on impeachment after revelations Trump urged the Ukrainian leader to investigate the Democratic Party and Vice President Joe Biden. More evidence collected in close-door testimony further bolstered the resolve of Democrats, and on Tuesday they voted to move the impeachment investigation to the next phase and into the public.

Republicans, meanwhile, have almost all stuck by the side of the president and have tried to undercut the process. Rep. Ted Yoho, a Gainesville Republican, acknowledged to CNN that he hasn’t attended the closed meetings where some witnesses have testified, despite having access because it was a “sideshow” and he had other work to do.

RELATED: Read the full text of the impeachment resolution

The Floridian to watch was Rep. Francis Rooney, a Naples Republican who recently said he was open to impeachment and the next day announced his retirement. He ultimately did not break ranks because he said he did not support the process laid out by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but he did not rule out voting to remove Trump from office.

“As to the merits of the impeachment case itself, I have consistently kept an open mind and listened to the facts as presented – and will continue to do so,” Rooney said.

Here’s how the rest of the Florida delegation explained their votes.

Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach

Neal Dunn, R-Panama City

“This vote is more political theatre, as Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats try to backtrack and validate the tainted process of their partisan witch hunt against President Trump. Their goal has been impeachment since November 9, 2016. They want to undo the election. The reason they haven’t presented any evidence is that they have none. This ‘Soviet style justice’ is an insult to our democracy. This investigation would not stand up in any court in the United States and should not stand up in the House of Representatives.”

Ted Yoho, R-Gainesville

Awaiting public comment.

John Rutherford, R-Jacksonville

Awaiting public comment.

Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee

Awaiting public comment.

Michael Waltz, R-St. Augustine

“I voted no on the impeachment resolution today. Impeachment is a serious power granted to Congress. Unfortunately, this process has been one-sided and secretive – and I still don't have access to documents related to impeachment that I requested nearly a month ago. This process will continue to be unfair and a major distraction from tackling America’s problems. Healthcare is still too expensive, our roads aren't being fixed and our military currently only has 19 days of funding left. We owe it to the American people to do better.”

Stephanie Murphy, D-Winter Park

Bill Posey, R-Rockledge

Awaiting public comment.

Darren Soto, D-Orlando

Val Demings, D-Orlando

Daniel Webster, R-Clermont

Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor

Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg

“Testimony in recent weeks by senior Trump Administration officials has only heightened concerns that the President sought to leverage military aid to an ally under attack, in exchange for investigating a political opponent. A President putting personal political interest above our country’s national security interests is unacceptable. It rises to the level whereby impeachment must be considered. As the Founding Fathers designed, the House will continue to follow the facts where they lead as a co-equal branch of government. No one is above the law – not even the President. The American people deserve the truth, and we will uphold our Oath of Office to protect and defend the Constitution.”

Kathy Castor, D-Tampa

“Today’s vote establishes a fair procedure for hearings that are open to the American people, authorizes the disclosure of important documents, including deposition transcripts, and sets forth due process rights for the President and his Counsel.

“Affirming the impeachment inquiry will eliminate any doubt as to whether the Trump Administration may withhold documents, prevent witness testimony, disregard duly authorized subpoenas, or continue obstructing the House of Representatives. Trump administration officials are doing the right thing by coming forward – and Trump is wrong to try to cover up and obstruct the investigation by blocking witnesses from appearing and smearing the character of dedicated public servants.

“The American people deserve to understand the depth and breadth of Trump’s ethical and criminal violations, so the House will continue working to uphold the rule of law by proceeding deliberately and following the facts wherever they may lead."

Ross Spano, R-Dover

Awaiting public comment.

Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota

Greg Steube, R-Sarasota

Awaiting public comment.

Brian Mast, R-Palm City

Awaiting public comment.

Francis Rooney, R-Naples

“As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I have had the opportunity to take part in the closed-door hearings of the last several weeks and have found them to be fair to the participants; everyone has been able to have their questions answered except for one day which was unfortunately restricted. However, the majority of Congress, our news media and the American people have not had this access.

“While today’s resolution opens the way the hearings will be conducted in many ways, which is an improvement, the process is still less open to having all sides represented than prior impeachments. A truly judicial process like deployed in the Nixon and Clinton cases would be the best solution to assure due process. As to the merits of the impeachment case itself, I have consistently kept an open mind and listened to the facts as presented – and will continue to do so.”

Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar

Awaiting public comment.

Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach

Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston

“Our elections and national security cannot be recklessly threatened by this President. Mounting evidence shows that Trump betrayed his oath and abused his power by withholding vital military assistance to Ukraine to combat Russian aggression and pressured the Ukrainian President to investigate his political opponents, all for his own personal and political gain. For that, there must be accountability. So I support today’s vote to fully investigate whether President Trump pressured a foreign country to investigate his political opponents, interfere with the 2020 election and determine whether there were attempts to cover up that conduct. No one, including this president, is above the law.”

Frederica Wilson, D-Miami Gardens

Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Miami-Dade and Monroe counties

Awaiting public comment.

Donna Shalala, D-Coral Gables

“No one ever comes to Congress hoping to impeach the President, but the evidence that has come to light – along with the admissions of the President and his closest advisors – give us no choice but to continue moving forward with our inquiry.

“I firmly believe that Congress must proceed with the seriousness that an impeachment inquiry demands, and no matter the outcome of these investigations, I promise to continue to uphold my oath to support and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic.”