Newly Elected GOP Rep. 'Strongly' Considering Impeachment Of Trump
The newly elected MP Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) Said on Monday that he had "thought heavily" about indicting President Donald Trump of inciting the storming of the US Capitol last week when the House Democrats announced Trump for the second Time to indict Wednesday.
Meijer told CNN's Erin Burnett the final straw was Trump's refusal to condemn the rioters and his release of a video - in which the violence still raged in the Capitol - in which the president told the mob, "We love you, you are something special. "
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"No condemnation, no urge to bring things back," Meijer said of Trump's response. "For me it was a pathetic failure of the leadership and something just broke."
Burnett asked Meijer, an Iraq war veteran who replaced retired libertarian MP Justin Amash this month, what would lead him to vote for Trump's impeachment. Democrats bring a single charge, incitement to insurrection.
Meijer said some congressmen were concerned about the impeachment process, timing and public reaction. But "I haven't heard anyone argue with Merit," he said.
"For me, this is not the ideal timing," Meijer continued. “I would prefer that we investigate more closely what happened. Most of what I know about January 6th is either from personal experience or from Twitter. But at the end of the day, I think it's obvious that the president is no longer qualified to take this post. "
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-III) was the first Congressional Republican last week to openly demand Trump's removal from the White House via the 25th Amendment.
However, Vice President Mike Pence is reportedly against using the procedure. Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) Has also said he would consider impeaching Trump.
Check out Meijer's comments here:
Freshman GOP Congressman: It is "obvious that the President is no longer qualified to take this office" https://t.co/S8W3WG3Iid pic.twitter.com/lSewSgkdrA
- OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) January 12, 2021
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