10 House Republicans, led by Cheney, back Trump impeachment

10 House Republicans, led by Cheney, back Trump impeachment
Republican Conference chair Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: Ten Republicans voted to impeach President Trump on Wednesday over the deadly insurrection at the Capitol. The GOP votes, including Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 House GOP leader, were in sharp contrast to the unanimous support for Donald Trump among House Republicans when he was impeached by Democrats in 2019.

Cheney, whose decision to buck the president sparked an immediate backlash within Republicans, was the only member of her party’s leadership to support impeachment, which was opposed by 197 Republicans.

Cheney, whose father Dick Cheney served as vice president under George W. Bush, said: “There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”

The Wyoming Rep. has been more critical of President Trump than other Republican leaders, but her announcement hours before Wednesday’s impeachment vote nonetheless shook Congress.

She said, Trump “summoned” the mob that attacked the Capitol, “assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack,″ adding, “Everything that followed was his doing.”

She noted that the president could have immediately intervened to stop the mob who were his supporters from rioting but did not, she noted.

The riot caused five deaths, including a Capitol police officer.

Nine other House Republicans also supported impeachment: Reps. Fred Upton and Peter Meijer of Michigan; Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse of Washington state; John Katko of New York; Adam Kinzinger of Illinois; Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio; David Valadao of California and Tom Rice of South Carolina.

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