Ten Republican congressmen voted on Wednesday in favor of impeachment of Donald Trump for the assault on the Capitol, making it the presidential impeachment with the most bipartisan support in US history.
The break with the president stands in stark contrast to the unanimous support for Trump from House Republicans when Democrats launched the first impeachment in 2019.
All Democrats who voted supported impeachment, while 197 Republicans voted against. The Republican votes made it a historic moment. By comparison, five Democrats voted to impeach Bill Clinton in 1998.
It remains to be seen how the Senate will act in the second impeachment trial against Trump. To convict a president, two-thirds of 100 senators are required, meaning 17 Republicans would have to join with Democrats to pass a guilty verdict.
So far only a small number of Republican senators have indicated that they are willing to convict the president in a Senate trial, which is set to begin after Biden’s inauguration. Mitch McConnell, the highest-ranking Republican in the Senate, indicated to his colleagues that he has not decided how he will vote.
These are the Republicans who have voted in favor of impeachment in the House of Representatives:
Cheney is the third-highest-ranking Republican in the House and the highest-ranking Republican in the party to vote against efforts to contest the election results. She is the daughter of former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney and a rising star within the party.
In a statement released Tuesday, Cheney said: “There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States in his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
González is a Republican from Ohio. In his statement, González accused Trump of having “abandoned his post” amid the violence on Capitol Hill.
González argued that the president’s inaction endangered those present on Capitol Hill and described the president’s actions as “fundamental threats” to American democracy.
“When I consider the scope of the events leading up to January 6, including the lack of response from the president while the United States Capitol was under attack, I am compelled to support the impeachment,” he wrote on Twitter.
Meijer, a congressman from Grand Rapids, Michigan, said he sadly voted for impeachment. “The president betrayed his oath by trying to undermine our constitutional process and is responsible for inciting the violent acts of insurrection last week,” he said in a statement.
Newhouse of Washington state announced his intention to vote for impeachment in the House of Representatives during Wednesday’s debate, receiving applause from about a score of Democrats in the room. “There is no excuse for the actions of President Trump,” he said.
Kinzinger, an Air Force veteran who has become a leading critic of Trump, said he had no doubt that Trump “broke his oath and incited this insurrection.” Trump “used his position in the executive branch” to attack the legislature, said Kinzinger, who is in his sixth term representing northern Illinois.
Katko of New York was the first Republican member of the House of Representatives to say she would vote for impeachment. The former federal prosecutor said in a statement Tuesday that he had not made the decision lightly, adding: “Allowing the president of the United States to incite this attack without consequences is a direct threat to the future of our democracy. I cannot sit still without taking measurements”.
Upton of Michigan said in November that Trump had shown no proof that his electoral defeat was the result of widespread fraud.
Upton said he would have preferred a partisan impeachment rather than impeachment, but that Trump’s refusal to take responsibility for the riots left him no other option. “Congress must hold President Trump to account and send a clear message,” he said.
Jaime Herrera Beutler
Herrera Beutler is a moderate from the state of Washington. In a statement, he said the president’s offenses were “incriminable based on the indisputable evidence that exists.”
Herrera Beutler, who is in her sixth term, said that while many lawmakers fear Trump, “the truth frees from fear.” “My vote for the impeachment of a sitting president is not a decision based on fear,” he said. “I am not choosing a side. I am choosing the truth.”
Rice may have been the most surprising vote. His coastal district of South Carolina strongly supported Trump in the elections and last week voted to oppose the certification of electoral votes in Arizona and Pennsylvania.
“I have supported this president through thick and thin for four years. I have campaigned for him and voted for him twice. But this total failure is inexcusable,” Rice said in a statement after the vote. Rice said he was disappointed that Trump did not show remorse for the unrest or turn to the nation for calm.
In November, Valadao regained his old California seat from Democrats. In a statement posted on Twitter, Valadao said that Trump “was undoubtedly a driving force in the catastrophic events that took place on January 6 by encouraging the masses of rioters to incite violence against elected officials, members staff and our representative democracy as a whole. ”
Translated by Javier Biosca