GOP Support For Impeachment Grows As Republicans Say They'll Vote Against Trump
A growing chorus of Congressional Republicans announced their support for the impeachment of President Donald Trump on Tuesday, a notable turnaround for a party that has marched in lockstep with Trump for years.
The shift came less than a week after a crowd of violent insurgents stormed the U.S. Capitol, destroyed the convention halls and killed a Capitol police officer. The president had fanned those flames for months, spreading lies about the 2020 election and his eventual loss to President-elect Joe Biden. On the day of the Capitol attack, he told the rioters that he loved them and that they were "very special."
The GOP dam broke Tuesday when New York MP John Katko said he would vote to indict the president. Then Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, made a clear statement saying that she, too, would vote for an indictment over Trump's direct role in instigating the riot.
"A violent mob attacked the United States Capitol to obstruct the process of our democracy and stop the presidential election count," Cheney said Tuesday. “The President of the United States called this mob, gathered the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. All that followed was what he did. None of this would have happened without the President. "
House Democrats plan to vote on a single impeachment article on Wednesday accusing Trump of inciting violence against the US government.
Republican support for any type of punishment has reached the highest levels in the GOP.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Has reportedly told family members that he was satisfied with the Democratic efforts to indict Trump and that he believed the president had committed criminal acts, the reported New York Times on Tuesday despite not having made public statements on the matter. The newspaper added that House Minority Chairman Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Opposed the impeachment but did not advocate voting against it, and has asked those close to him to be the president Request resignation.
Some lawmakers, including Pennsylvania GOP MP Brian Fitzpatrick, said Tuesday they would instead try to reprimand Trump "for trying to illegally overthrow the 2020 presidential election and violate his January 6, 2021 oath." A criticism is a formalized declaration of condemnation in Congress in one or both chambers, although otherwise it would in no way punish the president.
Here is a list of Republican lawmakers who have expressed support for impeachment:
Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.)
Katko said Tuesday that Trump must be held accountable for his role in the uprising, stating that lawmakers have a duty to protect American democracy.
"It is a direct threat to the future of our democracy to allow the President of the United States to initiate this attack without consequence," Katko said in a statement. “Because of this, I cannot sit without doing something. I will vote to indict this president. "
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.)
Cheney said no president had betrayed the nation more than Trump.
"The president could have acted immediately and forcefully to stop the violence," she said. "He hasn't. There has never been a major betrayal of his office and his oath on the Constitution by a President of the United States."
MP Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)
Kinzinger said the country is in "uncharted waters" but believes Trump used his position to attack Congress.
"I have no doubt that the President of the United States broke his oath of office and instigated this uprising," said Kinzinger. “If these acts ... are not worthy of impeachment, what is a criminal offense? I will vote for impeachment. "
MP Fred Upton (R-Mich.)
CNN and the Detroit News both reported Tuesday night that Upton would vote for the indictment against the president, citing a spokesman. The legislature is the Dean of the Michigan Congressional Delegation.
MP Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.)
Herrera Beutler said Trump directly "instigated a riot aimed at stopping the peaceful transfer of power," and she, too, would vote to indict him.
"The President's crimes have been incontestable in my reading of the Constitution based on the indisputable evidence we already have," she said in a statement. “I believe in our constitution, individual freedom, free markets, charity, life, justice, peace and this extraordinary country. I see my own party will be best served when those of us choose the truth. "
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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