Two House Republicans Now Support Impeaching Donald Trump Following Mitch McConnell’s Endorsement
After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday expressed support for impeaching President Donald Trump for inciting an insurrection on the United States Capitol on January 6th, two House Republicans have signed on to the effort to remove Trump from office head of President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20th.
The first House GOPer to get on board was New York Representative John Katko, who told Syracuse.com that his oath to defend the Constitution requires him to vote to impeach Trump.
“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.”
As a former federal prosecutor, Katko said that the Trump-led siege on the Capitol cannot go unpunished.
“It cannot be ignored that President Trump encouraged this insurrection – both on social media ahead of January 6th, and in his speech that day,” Katko said. “By deliberately promoting baseless theories suggesting the election was somehow stolen, the president created a combustible environment of misinformation, disenfranchisement, and division. When this manifested in violent acts on January 6th, he refused to promptly and forcefully call it off, putting countless lives in danger.”
An hour after Katko endorsed House Democrats’ impeachment effort, Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) also expressed that she would vote to impeach the president.
“The president of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack,” Cheney said in a statement on Tuesday. “Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the president…There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
Following last week’s incursion on the Capitol, Cheney blasted Trump for committing an unprecedented act of sedition against the United States.
What he has done and what he has caused here is something that we’ve never seen before in our history,” she said in a statement. “It’s been 245 years, and no president has ever failed to concede or agree to leave office after the Electoral College has voted, and I think what we are seeing today is the result of that, the result of convincing people that somehow Congress was going to overturn the results of this election, the results of suggesting that he wouldn’t leave office.”