Written by John Eligon
As the House voted Wednesday to formally cost President Donald Trump with inciting violence towards the federal government of the United States, 10 Republicans solid their votes in favor.
The vote got here precisely one week after the Capitol was breached by an offended mob of Trump loyalists.
In 2019, not a single Republican voted in favor of impeachment. House Republican leaders mentioned they might not formally foyer members of the social gathering towards voting to question the president this time. Here are the Republicans who voted to question Wednesday.
Rep. John Katko
Katko, of New York, was the primary Republican to publicly announce that he would again the impeachment proceedings. A former federal prosecutor, Katko mentioned he appeared on the information of the siege, which started as lawmakers have been working to certify the presidential election outcomes.
“It cannot be ignored that President Trump encouraged this insurrection — both on social media ahead of Jan. 6, and in his speech that day,” Katko mentioned in a press release. “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 Jan. 6, he refused to promptly and forcefully call it off, putting countless lives in danger.”
Not holding the president accountable for his actions could be “a direct threat to the future of our democracy,” he mentioned.
Rep. Liz Cheney
Cheney, of Wyoming, the No. 3 House Republican, mentioned Tuesday night that she would vote to question, citing the president’s function in an riot that triggered “death and destruction in the most sacred space in our Republic.”
“The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack,” she mentioned in a press release. “Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the president. The president could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
Rep. Adam Kinzinger
Kinzinger, of Illinois, a frequent critic of Trump, joined his Republican colleagues on Tuesday night, saying the nation was in uncharted waters. He mentioned that Trump “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 broke his oath of office and incited this insurrection,” he mentioned in a press release, including that if the president’s actions “are not worthy of impeachment, then what is an impeachable offense?”
Rep. Fred Upton
Upton, of Michigan, issued a press release saying that he would vote to question after Trump “expressed no regrets” for what had occurred on the Capitol.
“I would have preferred a bipartisan, formal censure rather than a drawn-out impeachment process,” Upton mentioned. “I fear this will now interfere with important legislative business and a new Biden administration. But it is time to say: Enough is Enough.”
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler
Herrera Beutler, of Washington state, mentioned that she would vote to question as a result of she believed that the president had acted in violation of his oath of workplace.
“I understand the argument that the best course is not to further inflame the country or alienate Republican voters,” she mentioned. “But I am a Republican voter. I believe in our Constitution, individual liberty, free markets, charity, life, justice, peace and this exceptional country. I see that my own party will be best served when those among us choose truth.”
Rep. Dan Newhouse
A sixth Republican, Newhouse of Washington state, introduced his plans to vote for impeachment throughout a debate on the subject within the House on Wednesday.
Newhouse mentioned that others, “including myself, are responsible for not speaking out sooner — before the president misinformed and inflamed a violent mob.”
“There is no excuse for President Trump’s actions,” he added. “The president took an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Last week, there was a domestic threat at the door of the Capitol, and he did nothing to stop it. That is why with a heavy heart and clear resolve, I will vote yes on these articles of impeachment.”
Rep. Anthony Gonzalez
Gonzalez, of Ohio, mentioned that he had spent current days making an attempt to make sense of what had unfolded within the Capitol. What he concluded, he mentioned, was that Trump “helped organize and incite a mob that attacked the United States Congress in an attempt to prevent us from completing our solemn duties as prescribed by the Constitution.”
“During the attack itself, the president abandoned his post while many members asked for help, thus further endangering all present,” Gonzalez mentioned. “These are fundamental threats not just to people’s lives but to the very foundation of our Republic.”
Rep. Peter Meijer
Meijer, a freshman congressman from Michigan, mentioned in a press release that the president had “betrayed and misled millions with claims of a ‘stolen election’” and that through the riot on the Capitol he “shrank from leadership when the country needed it most.”
“President Trump betrayed his oath of office by seeking to undermine our constitutional process, and he bears responsibility for inciting the insurrection we suffered last week,” Meijer mentioned. “With a heavy heart, I will vote to impeach President Donald J. Trump.”
Rep. Tom Rice
Rice, of South Carolina, additionally voted for impeachment.
In a press release, Rice had a blunt critique of Trump. “I have backed this president through thick and thin for four years,” he mentioned. “I campaigned for him and voted for him twice. But, this utter failure is inexcusable.”
Rep. David Valadao
After casting his vote to question, Valadao, of California, mentioned on Twitter that “President Trump was, without question, a driving force in the catastrophic events” that happened on the Capitol.
“His inciting rhetoric was un-American, abhorrent, and absolutely an impeachable offense,” he added. “It’s time to put country over politics.”