10 House Republicans Explain Why They Voted To Impeach Donald Trump

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10 House Republicans Explain Why They Voted To Impeach Donald Trump

“I’m at peace.”

10 Republicans in the House of Representatives joined Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time on Wednesday , an unprecedented rebuke of an American leader who has flouted norms and sown discontent for years with little reprimand from his own party.

The House voted 232-197 in favor of one article of impeachment, charging the president with “incitement of insurrection” following the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol last week by a mob of pro-Trump rioters.

Five people died in the attack, including one Capitol Police officer, and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers have condemned the president for his role in fanning the flames.

The number of House Republicans to vote against their party’s president was record-breaking. The president will now face a trial in the Senate, although the process is likely to drag into the early days of the Biden administration when Democrats control the chamber.

In the House, however, the rebuke was swift. Here’s what Republican members of Congress had to say about their vote to impeach Trump, in their own words: Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.)

Rep. John Katko before the House voted to impeach President Donald Trump for inciting an insurrection. Katko was the first Republican to announce that he would vote to impeach the president, saying he took an oath to defend the Constitution and that “ country always comes first .”

“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 in a statement before the vote. “By deliberately promoting baseless theories suggesting the election was somehow stolen, the president created a combustible environment of misinformation, disenfranchisement, and division.” Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)

It was a sobering moment to vote in support of impeachment today; to walk over to the U.S. Capitol, our symbol of democracy, and recall the violent insurrection we witnessed here just one week ago. This is not a vote I took lightly, but a vote I took confidently. I’m at peace. — Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) January 13, 2021 Kinzinger said he had “no doubt” Trump had broken his oath of office and incited his supporters to riot.

“It was a sobering moment to vote in support of impeachment today; to walk over to the U.S. Capitol, our symbol of democracy, and recall the violent insurrection we witnessed here just one week ago,” he wrote afterward. “This is not a vote I took lightly, but a vote I took confidently. I’m at peace.” Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.)

“There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” said Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, said “none of this would have happened without the President.”

“This insurrection caused injury, death and destruction in the most sacred space in our Republic,” she said in a statement. “The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and […]