As the House voted Wednesday to formally cost President Trump with inciting violence in opposition to the federal government of the United States, 10 Republicans solid their votes in favor.
The vote got here precisely one week after the Capitol was breached by an offended mob of Trump loyalists.
In 2019, not a single Republican voted in favor of impeachment. House Republican leaders stated they’d not formally foyer members of the occasion in opposition to voting to impeach the president this time.
Representative John Katko of New York was the primary Republican to publicly announce that he would again impeachment. Not holding the president accountable for his actions could be “a direct threat to the future of our democracy,” he stated.
Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3 House Republican, stated on Tuesday night that she would vote to impeach, citing the president’s position in an rebel that prompted “death and destruction in the most sacred space in our republic.”
Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, a frequent critic of Mr. Trump, joined his Republican colleagues on Tuesday night, saying the nation was in uncharted waters. He stated that Mr. Trump “encouraged an angry mob to storm the United States Capitol to stop the counting of electoral votes.”
Representative Fred Upton of Michigan stated he would vote to impeach after Mr. Trump “expressed no regrets” for what had occurred on the Capitol.
Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington State stated, “The president’s offenses, in my reading of the Constitution, were impeachable based on the indisputable evidence we already have.” (An earlier model of this merchandise incorrectly acknowledged which state Ms. Herrera Beutler represents.)
Representative Dan Newhouse of Washington State introduced that he was backing impeachment, attacking his occasion’s core argument, that the method was being rushed. “I will not use process as an excuse,” he stated in the course of the impeachment debate, to cheers and applause from Democrats. Mr. Newhouse additionally supplied a mea culpa, chiding himself and different Republicans for “not speaking out sooner” in opposition to the president.
Representative Peter Meijer of Michigan stated that Mr. Trump had “betrayed his oath of office by seeking to undermine our constitutional process, and he bears responsibility for inciting the insurrection we suffered last week.”
Representative Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio stated Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers within the House and Senate “had their lives put in grave danger as a result of the president’s actions,” including, “When I consider the full scope of events leading up to Jan. 6, including the president’s lack of response as the United States Capitol was under attack, I am compelled to support impeachment.”
Representative David Valadao of California complained that the method had been rushed however stated: “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.”
Representative Tom Rice of South Carolina additionally voted for impeachment.
Nicholas Fandos and Glenn Thrush contributed reporting.