Greg Murphy

Greg Murphy

Greg Murphy Greg Murphy

U.S. Rep. Greg Murphy announced Monday he won’t be in Washington, D.C., for the foreseeable future, which likely will keep him from further actions involving President Donald Trump.

Murphy released a statement saying that he’ll be in Greenville caring for his wife who had “successful but extensive back surgery on Friday.”

“My offices in North Carolina and Washington, D.C., will be open, and I will be conducting business via telephone and email,” he said.

He gave no timeline for how long he’ll be away from Congress. His spokesman declined to answer questions about participation in an ongoing debate about impeaching the president.

On Friday, Murphy released a statement that he was opposed to efforts to remove Trump. Many Democrats support impeachment because they believe he incited his supporters to attack the capitol on Jan. 6.

“Those who participated in the riot should be held responsible and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Murphy said. “Thankfully, President Trump has committed to a peaceful transition of power. Speaker Pelosi’s intention to prematurely remove him from office is an unnecessary and partisan act which will only further divide our nation. I will oppose any such efforts to remove the president prior to the inauguration on January 20th.”

Murphy was one of more than 100 members of the House of Representatives who objected to the certification of electoral votes from the state of Pennsylvania. He said the results of that election were unconstitutional because its state legislature didn’t approve the changes in election law that extended the time absentee ballots could be received and counted.

The pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol building as lawmakers were debating the first round of objections. Officials were forced out of their chambers and into secured locations. Five people are dead as a result of the assault.

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