As the House prepared to move forward on Wednesday with a vote to formally accuse President Trump of inciting violence against the United States government, a small but growing number of Republicans have said they support the effort.
The vote is expected to take place exactly one week after an angry mob of Trump loyalists violated the United States Capitol.
In 2019, not a single Republican voted in favor of impeachment. Republican House leaders said they would not formally pressure party members against the vote to impeach the president this time around, and it was Republicans who said they intended to vote for the dismissal.
Representative John Katko
Representative John Katko from New York was the first Republican to publicly announce that he would support the impeachment process. A former federal prosecutor, Katko said he looked at the facts of the siege, which began as lawmakers worked to certify the results of the presidential election.
“It cannot be ignored that President Trump encouraged this insurgency – both on social media before January 6 and in his speech that day,” Katko said in a statement. “By deliberately promoting baseless theories that suggest the election was somehow stolen, the President has created a fuel environment of disinformation, disenfranchisement and division. When this manifested itself in acts of violence on January 6, he refused to quickly and forcefully cancel it, putting countless lives at risk.
Failure to hold the president accountable for his actions would be “a direct threat to the future of our democracy,” he said.
Representative Liz Cheney
Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the Republican 3rd Chamber, said Tuesday evening that she would vote for impeachment, citing the president’s role in an insurgency that has caused “death and destruction in our most sacred space. Republic”.
“The President of the United States called this crowd, gathered the crowd and lit the flame of this attack,” she said in a statement. “All that followed was his work. None of this would have happened without the president. The president could have intervened immediately and forcefully to stop the violence. He does not have. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.
Representative Adam Kinzinger
Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger, a frequent critic of Mr. Trump, joined his fellow Republicans on Tuesday evening, saying the nation was in uncharted waters. He said Mr. Trump “had encouraged an angry mob to storm the United States Capitol to stop the counting of electoral votes.”
“There is no doubt in my mind that the President of the United States has broken his oath and incited this insurgency,” he said in a statement, adding that while the president’s actions “do not deserve to ‘to be indicted, then what is an impeach? offense? “
Representative Fred Upton
Michigan Representative Fred Upton released a statement saying he would vote for impeachment after President Trump “expressed no regret” for what happened on Capitol Hill.
“I would have preferred bipartisan, formal censorship rather than a lengthy impeachment process,” Upton said. “I’m concerned that this now interferes with important legislative matters and a new Biden administration. But it is time to say: enough is enough.
Nicolas fandos contribution to reports.