Some House Republicans to Vote Against Trump: Impeachment Update
The U.S. House is heading toward a bipartisan vote to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday for his role encouraging the mob of his supporters that attacked the Capitol and threatened to kill lawmakers on Jan. 6.
The debate is set to begin just after 9 a.m. with a vote as soon as mid-afternoon Wednesday. It is occurring exactly a week before Joe Biden is sworn in as president. Democrats say Trump poses such a danger to the country that Congress should use very option to remove him from the White House and ensure he can never run for election again. A Senate trial would almost certainly reach a verdict after Trump has left office. The article of impeachment is available here.
Some House Republicans to Vote Against Trump (6 a.m.)
At least five House Republicans plan to join Democrats in supporting Trump’s impeachment on Wednesday, including Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney, who chairs the House GOP conference.
“On Jan. 6, 2021 a violent mob attacked the United States Capitol to obstruct the process of our democracy and stop the counting of presidential electoral votes,” Cheney said in a statement. “The president of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing.”
Other Republicans who said Tuesday they plan to vote for impeachment are John Katko of New York, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Fred Upton of Michigan, and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington.
With Trump’s second impeachment all but guaranteed, the main question is the Senate, which will be led by Republican Mitch McConnell for at least one more week before turning control over to Democrats. It would take at least 17 Republicans along with all Democrats for a guilty verdict.
The Senate is scheduled to return to Washington Jan. 19 — one day before the end of Trump’s term. There is a debate among constitutional scholars about whether someone can be impeached once they become a private citizen again after holding public office.
If 67 senators — a two-thirds majority — decide to convict Trump, the Senate could also vote to bar him from holding future public office.
— With assistance by Anna Edgerton
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