Ten House Republicans crossed party lines on Wednesday and voted to impeach President Trump — which is 10 more than the amount to go against him the first time around.
The GOP lawmakers aligned with Democrats to formally charge the outgoing commander-in-chief with “inciting violence against the government of the United States” in last week’s storming of the Capitol by supporters he had addressed during a rally near the White House.
No Republicans voted in 2019 to impeach Trump the first time.
Here are the 10 GOP members who voted to impeach on Wednesday:
Katko, a former federal prosecutor, was the first House Republican to say he’d vote to impeach.
“To allow the President of the United States to incite this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy,” he said in a statement.
“For that reason, I cannot sit by without taking action. I will vote to impeach this President.”
Kinzinger, a frequent critic of Trump on Twitter, had also announced that he would back impeachment.
“There is no doubt in my mind that the president of the United States broke his oath of office and incited this insurrection,” he said in a statement Tuesday.
“He used his position in the Executive to attack the Legislative.”
Cheney, the third-ranking House Republican, joined her colleagues in announcing on Tuesday that she would vote to impeach.
“The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing,” she said in a statement.
“There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, had previously clashed with Trump on Afghanistan war policy.
The president denounced her by name during his speech to thousands of supporters ahead of the January 6 riot.
Though Upton said he feared that impeachment would “interfere with important legislative business and a new Biden administration,” he still backed the process.
In a statement, Upton said he would vote to impeach after the president “expressed no regrets” for the Capitol mayhem.
“Enough is enough,” he said. “The Congress must hold President Trump to account and send a clear message that our country cannot and will not tolerate any effort by any President to impede the peaceful transfer of power from one President to the next.”
While Beutler admitted that she did not vote for Trump in 2016, she did back the president for a second term in 2020.
On Tuesday, the congresswoman announced she would vote to impeach, saying: “The President’s offenses, in my reading of the Constitution, were impeachable based on the indisputable evidence we already have.”
“I understand the argument that the best course is not to further inflame the country or alienate Republican voters,” she added. “But I am a Republican voter… I see that my own party will be best served when those among us choose truth.”
Newhouse waited until Wednesday to announce his choice, saying that “a vote against this impeachment is a vote to validate the unacceptable violence we witnessed in the nation’s capital.”
The congressman said that Trump “did not strongly condemn the attack nor did he call in reinforcements when our officers were overwhelmed.”
“Our country needs a leader and President Trump failed to fulfill his oath of office.”
Gonzalez said that he had spent the last few days trying to “make sense” of what happened at the Capitol.
He concluded that Trump “helped organize and incite a mob that attacked the United States Congress in an attempt to prevent us from completing our solemn duties as prescribed by the Constitution.”
“During the attack itself, the president abandoned his post while many members asked for help, thus further endangering all present,” he said. “These are fundamental threats not just to people’s lives but to the very foundation of our Republic.”
A freshman congressman, Meijer said that Trump had “betrayed and misled millions with claims of a ‘stolen election’” and “shrank from leadership when the country needed it most.”
“President Trump betrayed his oath of office by seeking to undermine our constitutional process, and he bears responsibility for inciting the insurrection we suffered last week,” he said in a statement.
“With a heavy heart, I will vote to impeach President Donald J. Trump.”
After the riot last week, Rice took to Twitter to say that he had been evacuated and was doing “fine.”
“Where is the president?” Rice had asked. “He must ask people to disperse and restore calm now.”
On Wednesday, he wrote: “I have backed this President through thick and thin for four years. I campaigned for him and voted for him twice. But, this utter failure is inexcusable.”
Last week, Valadao called the actions of the pro-Trump mob “absolutely abhorrent.”
“This is un-American,” he said at the time. “I denounce this behavior to the fullest extent. We are so much better than this.”
In explaining his vote to impeach on Wednesday, the congressman said that Trump “was, without question, a driving force in the catastrophic events that took place on January 6.”
Though he called the proceedings a “rushed political stunt” he said that “based on the facts before me, I have to go with my gut and vote my conscience.”
“I voted to impeach President Trump. His inciting rhetoric was un-American, abhorrent, and absolutely an impeachable offense. It’s time to put country over politics.”
All the Republicans who voted to impeach Trump a second time The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ New York Post.