Led by Cheney, 10 House Republicans again Trump impeachment

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten Republican House members — together with the No. 3 House GOP chief — voted to question President Donald Trump over the lethal rebel on the Capitol. The GOP votes had been in sharp distinction to the unanimous assist for Trump amongst House Republicans when he was impeached by Democrats in December 2019.Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-ranking House Republican, led the GOP opposition to Trump, saying in a press release, “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”Cheney, whose father, Dick Cheney, served as vice president under George W. Bush, has been more critical of Trump than other GOP leaders, but her announcement hours before Wednesday’s vote nonetheless shook Congress.Trump “summoned” the mob that attacked the Capitol, “assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack,” Cheney said, adding: “Everything that followed was his doing.” Trump could have immediately intervened to stop his supporters from rioting but did not, she noted.Nine other House Republicans also supported impeachment: Reps. John Katko of New York; Adam Kinzinger of Illinois; Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio; Fred Upton and Peter Meijer of Michigan; Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse of Washington state; Tom Rice of South Carolina; and David Valadao of California.Katko, a former federal prosecutor who represents the Syracuse area, was the first rank-and-file GOP lawmaker to support impeachment. Allowing Trump “to incite this assault with out consequence is a direct menace to the way forward for our democracy,” he mentioned Tuesday.“By deliberately promoting baseless theories suggesting the election was somehow stolen, the president created a combustible environment of misinformation, disenfranchisement and division,” Katko said. “When this manifested in violent acts on January 6th, he refused to promptly and forcefully call it off, putting countless lives in danger.”Story continuesUpton, a former chairman of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee who is in his 18th term representing the Kalamazoo area, said he would have preferred a bipartisan, formal censure rather than a drawn-out impeachment process. But he said Trump’s refusal to take responsibility for the riot left him no choice but to support impeachment.Trump claimed Tuesday that his remarks at a rally just before the riot were “totally appropriate,” an assertion that Upton mentioned “sends exactly the wrong signal to those of us who support the very core of our democratic principles and took a solemn oath to the Constitution.””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,” he said.Kinzinger, an Air Force veteran who has emerged as a leading Trump critic, said lawmakers were “in uncharted waters here, and in a moment in history we have not experienced in modern times.”But Kinzinger, who is in his sixth term representing northern Illinois, said there was “no doubt in my mind that the president of the United States broke his oath of office and incited this insurrection.” Trump “used his position in the executive” department to assault the legislative department, he mentioned.Herrera Beutler, in her sixth time period representing southwestern Washington, mentioned on the House flooring that the enemy was fear, not Trump or President-elect Joe Biden. Fear incites anger and violence “and it haunts us into silence and inaction,” she mentioned.While many GOP lawmakers are afraid of Trump, “truth sets us free from fear,” Herrera Beutler said. “My vote to impeach a sitting president is not a fear-based decision,” she said. “I am not choosing a side. I’m choosing truth; it’s the only way to defeat fear.”Newhouse said on the House floor that the Democratic-led articles of impeachment were flawed, but he would not use process as an excuse to vote no.“There is no excuse for President Trump’s actions,” mentioned Newhouse, in his fifth time period representing central Washington.Trump, like members of Congress, took an oath to defend the Constitution in opposition to all enemies, overseas and home, Newhouse mentioned. “Last week, there was a domestic threat at the door of the Capitol and he did nothing to stop it,” Newhouse mentioned. “That is why with a heavy heart and clear resolve, I will vote yes on these articles of impeachment.”Meijer, a freshman who represents the Grand Rapids space, mentioned Trump betrayed his oath of workplace and “bears accountability for inciting the rebel we suffered final week.” He additionally mentioned he supported impeachment with a heavy coronary heart.Trump’s destiny is now up the Republican-controlled Senate, which acquitted him final 12 months with out listening to witnesses in a trial. This time, nevertheless, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is alleged to be offended at Trump, not solely over the Capitol rebel but in addition the dual defeats in Georgia the day earlier than that price the GOP its Senate majority, in response to a Republican granted anonymity to debate the state of affairs.McConnell mentioned Wednesday he has not made a remaining choice on how he’ll vote and can hearken to authorized arguments introduced in a Senate trial, which might not be concluded earlier than Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration.At least two GOP senators — Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania — have mentioned they assist impeachment or have known as on Trump to resign. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., has mentioned he’ll contemplate impeachment.Only one Republican senator, Mitt Romney of Utah, voted to convict Trump final 12 months.