10 Republican lawmakers vote to impeach Trump


WASHINGTON, D.C. (KRON/AP) – Ten Republican House members voted to impeach President Donald Trump over the deadly insurrection at the Capitol. The GOP votes were in sharp contrast to the unanimous support for Trump among House Republicans when he was first impeached by Democrats in 2019.

Republican members of Congress are voicing concerns and announcing that they will vote in favor of impeachment.

Here are the ten Republican members who have announced that they will sign for impeachment:

Rep. David Valadao

 In this Jan. 6, 2015, file photo, Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., poses during a ceremonial re-enactment of his swearing-in ceremony in the Rayburn Room on Capitol Hill in Washington. Valadao has reclaimed the U.S. House seat he lost in the California farm belt two years ago. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Representative David Valadao of California has also voted to impeach.

Rep. Tom Rice

SOCIETY HILL, SC – AUGUST 23: U.S. Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC) speaks with constituents during a congressional town hall meeting August 23, 2017 in Society Hill, South Carolina. Topics of concern for those in attendance included Veterans Affairs, term limits, gerrymandering and the trustworthiness of special counsel Robert Mueller. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Republican Tom Rice of South Carolina has also voted supported impeachment.

Rep. Anthony Gonzalez

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 02: U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) is seen during a House Financial Services Committee oversight hearing to discuss the Treasury Department’s and Federal Reserve’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on December 02, 2020 in Washington, DC. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are scheduled to testify.

U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio has voted to impeach President Donald Trump over his involvement in the January 6 riots at The Capitol. 

Gonzalez released the following statement.

Rep. Peter Meijer

Republican congressional candidate in the 3rd district Peter Meijer introduces US Vice President Mike Pence at a campaign event at Lacks Enterprises, Inc. in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on October 14, 2020. – Meijer is running for the set currently held by US Rep. Justin Amish. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)

Newly elected Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer says that “with a heavy heart” he will join some other Republicans in supporting impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

Meijer announced he would vote to impeach Trump in a statement released Wednesday as the House was debating the proceedings. He said the vote “isn’t a victory for my party, and isn’t the victory Democrats might think it is.”

But after a violent mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol last week in an effort to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s win, Meijer says it’s a step “for us to reflect on these events and seek ways to correct them.”

Meijer said impeaching Trump will likely exacerbate division and set precedent. But he ultimately concluded it is a “meaningful” way to hold Trump accountable for the “seriousness” of his actions.

Rep. Dan Newhouse

FILE – In this Jan. 6, 2015 file photo, Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., appears with his wife Carol during a ceremonial re-enactment swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Washington Rep. Dan Newhouse said he will vote to impeach Trump while the debate ensued on the House floor on Wednesday.

He said he will not turn “a blind eye to this brutal assault on our Republic,” in a statement posted to Twitter.

He blamed the insurrection directly on Trump’s language and misinformation.

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., speaks during a Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee hearing about the COVID-19 response on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 4, 2020. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)

Another Washington representative, Jaime Herrera Beutler, said she was voting to impeach Trump on Tuesday.

Beutler plainly stated that Trump incited a riot as his supporters disrupted the House session to certify the Electoral College vote last week.

She mentioned the five people who died due to the insurrection in her statement, and added that Trump released a “pathetic denouncement” of the violence which was also a “wink and a nod” to the people who stormed the Capitol.

Rep. Fred Upton

FILE – In this Dec. 8, 2016, file photo, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Michigan Rep. Fred Upton said on Tuesday that Congress must hold the president accountable.

He said Trump’s avoidance to claim responsibility for his role in the insurrection sends the wrong signal.

“Today the President characterized his inflammatory rhetoric at last Wednesday’s rally as “totally appropriate,” and he expressed no regrets for last week’s violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. This sends exactly the wrong signal to those of us who support the very core of our democratic principles and took a solemn oath to the Constitution.  I would have preferred a bipartisan, formal censure rather than a drawn-out impeachment process. I fear this will now interfere with important legislative business and a new Biden Administration. But it is time to say: Enough is enough.

The Congress must hold President Trump to account and send a clear message that our country cannot and will not tolerate any effort by any President to impede the peaceful transfer of power from one President to the next. Thus, I will vote to impeach.”

Rep. Adam Kinzinger

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 16: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) questions witnesses during a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing looking into the firing of State Department Inspector General Steven Linick, on Capitol Hill on September 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)

Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger has become the third Republican member of Congress to call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment.

Kinzinger said in a statement Tuesday that Trump is responsible for whipping up “an angry mob” that stormed the Capitol last week, leaving five dead. He says “there is no doubt in my mind” that Trump “broke his oath of office and incited this insurrection.”

The House is set to start impeachment proceedings against Trump on Wednesday.

The president faces a single impeachment charge, incitement to insurrection, for his actions surrounding the mob attack on the Capitol, the worst domestic assault on the building in the nation’s history.

See his full statement here:

Rep. Liz Cheney

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 10: Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) speaks during a news conference with fellow House Republicans outside the U.S. Capitol December 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Republican Rep. Liz Cheney says she will vote to impeach President Donald Trump.

The Wyoming congresswoman, the No. 3 Republican in the House, said in a statement Tuesday that Trump “summoned” the mob that attacked the Capitol last week, “assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack.” She says, “Everything that followed was his doing.”

She also notes that Trump could have immediately intervened to stop his supporters, but he did not.

Cheney says, “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”

Cheney is a daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Trump himself has taken no responsibility for his role in inciting the attackers.

Rep. John Katko

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 17: House Homeland Security Committee member Rep. John Katko (R-NY) questions witnesses during a hearing on ‘worldwide threats to the homeland’ in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill September 17, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Rep. John Katko is the first Republican to say he’ll vote to impeach President Donald Trump following the deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.

The New York congressman said in a statement posted to Twitter late Tuesday: “I will vote to impeach this president.”

Katko, a former federal prosecutor, said he did not make the decision lightly.

He said, “To allow the president of the United States to incite this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy.” He says, “I cannot sit by without taking action.”

The House is set to start impeachment proceedings against Trump on Wednesday.

The president faces a single impeachment charge, “incitement to insurrection,” for his actions ahead of the mob attack on the Capitol, the worst domestic assault on the building in the nation’s history.

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