Five Republican members of the House have so far said they will vote to impeach President Donald Trump following the riot at the Capitol on January 6. A vote is expected on Wednesday.
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington’s 3rd district and Congressman Fred Upton of Michigan’s 4th district both announced that they would vote to impeach late on Tuesday.
They joined Congresswoman Liz Cheney, the number three Republican in the House, Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger and New York Congressman John Katko. Katko became the first House Republican to publicly state his support for impeachment on Tuesday.
“The President of the United States incited a riot aiming to halt the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the next,” Beutler said in a statement posted to her Twitter account.
She highlighted Trump’s message during the riot when he told those attacking the Capitol “I love you,” describing it as a “pathetic denouncement.”
“The president’s offenses, in my reading of the Constitution, were impeachable based on the indisputable evidence we already have,” Beutler 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,” Upton tweeted on Tuesday. “Thus, I will vote to impeach.”
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— Fred Upton #WearYourMask (@RepFredUpton) January 13, 2021
Cheney, who represents Wyoming’s at-large congressional district and serves as House Republican Conference Chair, is the most senior GOP member of the House to publicly back impeachment so far.
“Much more will become clear in coming days and weeks, but what we know now is enough,” Cheney said in a statement on Tuesday. “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. None of this would have happened without the president.”
“The president could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not,” she added.
Katko, who represents New York’s 24th congressional district, became the first House Republican to declare his support for impeachment on Tuesday. He was later joined by Cheney and Kinzinger, a frequent Trump critic.
“To allow the president of the United States to incite this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy,” Katko said in a statement.
“For that reason, I cannot sit by without taking action. I will vote to impeach this president.”
No Republican member of the House voted for impeachment in 2019, while 147 House Republicans voted against accepting some of the Electoral College results on January 6.
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