2021-January-16 12:33
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Growing Number of GOP Lawmakers Say They Support Impeachment

TEHRAN (FNA)- A growing number of Republicans are announcing their plans to support impeaching President Donald Trump after a violent mob stormed the Capitol last week.

House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (Wyo.), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Tuesday Group Co-Chairs John Katko (R-N.Y.), Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) all issued statements on Tuesday saying the president’s rhetoric the day of the riot met the threshold of an impeachable offense, The Hill reported.

“We’re going to walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women, and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them, because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong,” Trump said at a rally in Washington shortly before the Capitol siege.

The riot led to the death of five people, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, when a mob of Trump supporters swarmed the building in an attempt to stop the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College win.

Katko was the first GOP lawmaker in the House to announce he would vote in favor of the article of impeachment.

“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 said in the statement, adding, “For that reason, I cannot sit by without taking action. I will vote to impeach this president.”

Kinzinger, who has been a vocal critic of the president, followed, stating that Trump “used his position in the Executive to attack the Legislative. So in assessing the articles of impeachment brought before the House, I must consider: if these actions — the Article II branch inciting a deadly insurrection against the Article I branch — are not worthy of impeachment, then what is an impeachable offense?”

Upton blasted the president for saying his rally remarks the day of the riot were “totally appropriate,” slamming him for not showing remorse.

Cheney, the only member of House GOP leadership to announce her support of impeachment, said there has “never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution”.

And Herrera Beutler noted that Trump went after Vice President Pence and noted the death of the police office, stating that “in my reading of the Constitution, [there] were impeachable based on the indisputable evidence we already have”.

The impeachment resolution, crafted by Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), David Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), charges Trump with high crimes and misdemeanors for “willfully inciting violence against the Government of the United States.”

Numerous members said they have not ruled out the possibility of joining the efforts.

“When it comes to impeachment, it’s something we’re strongly considering at this point,” Meijer said in a video released by a reporter with a Fox affiliate in Michigan.

"I have to sleep on it,” Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) said.