Herrera Beutler and other Republicans briefed on the conversation had confirmed to CNN that Trump commented the would-be insurrectionists cared more about the election results than McCarthy. The House managers and Trump’s legal team ultimately agreed to insert a statement from the congresswoman into the trial record, rather than pushing for a deposition.
Despite causing a stir in Saturday’s proceedings, the moderate Republican congresswoman has kept a relatively low profile during her time on Capitol Hill.
Herrera Beutler has served Washington’s 3rd Congressional District since 2011 and has held onto her seat for the past decade, being reelected to a sixth term in 2020. She worked as a staffer for Washington GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and she also served in Washington’s state House for about three years before being elected to Congress at the age of 31.
As a young mother and one of the few women in the Republican conference — and one of the even fewer Republican women of color in Congress — Herrera Beutler has championed maternal care and children health care issues and co-founded the Maternity Care Caucus, focused on pushing legislation to help mothers.
She sponsored two pieces of legislation — both signed into law — to prevent maternal mortalities and provide children with “medically complex” conditions on Medicaid with improved access to care and treatments. Another measure she backed required the Transportation Security Administration to better accommodate parents traveling with breast milk and feeding equipment.
Though Herrera Beutler had largely voted in line with Trump’s priorities, she did occasionally break with the former President and the GOP.
On Saturday, Democratic senators along with five Republicans voted to allow witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial, with the House impeachment managers seeking to call Herrera Beutler as a witness.
But shortly after, the Senate reversed course, and Rep. Jamie Raskin, the lead impeachment manager, read Herrera Beutler’s statement into the trial record.