Thursday, February 22

Ravnsborg says Senate will ‘vindicate’ him after House impeachment

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg put to rest any question of whether he’d resign after being impeached by the House of Representatives Tuesday.

In a statement released hours after the impeachment vote, Ravnsborg said he would take his case to the Senate for an impeachment trial.

“The House of Representatives voted, and I respect the process, but I look forward to the Senate trial, where I believe I will be vindicated,” he said.

The South Dakota House of Representatives for the first time in statehood adopted articles of impeachment for a constitutional office holder Tuesday, condemning the 45-year-old Republican for his conduct related to a 2020 crash that killed a pedestrian, or.

The 36-31 vote defies a recommendation issued March 28 by a special investigative committee of lawmakers, who deemed Ravnsborg’s actions did not amount to impeachable offenses. Tuesday’s vote triggers a trial in the Senate that will decide whether Ravnsborg will be forced out of office.

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