January 18, 2021


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Republicans that voted for Trump second impeachment

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By Dayo Mustapha with Agency reports


President Donald Trump becomes the first President in U.S. history to be impeached twice by the Congress as 10 Republicans supports his impeachments.

Here are Republicans representatives who joined their Democratic counterparts to vote for his impeachment:


1. John Katko (New York)

John is the first Republican to voice his awareness on supporting the Democrats against Donald Trump for inciting a riot at the U.S. Capitol last week

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

2. Liz Cheney (Wyoming)

Liz Cheney is said to be the third most powerful Republican member of the House. After the attack on Capitol Hill by Trump supporters, she support legislation impeaching President Donald Trump.

She said in a statement ” “On January 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. This insurrection caused injury, death and destruction in the most sacred space in our Republic.

“Much more will become clear in coming days and weeks, but what we know now is enough. 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. 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. I will vote to impeach the President.”

3. Adam Kinzinger (Illinois)

Adam is among a handful of Republicans who broke from their party to vote in favor of impeaching the president following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week.

He said in an interview: “Truthfully, it was not a hard decision.

“I mean, it was hard to go through with it because, bottom line is, you’re impeaching a president a second time. It’s never something that should be easily done. But I think the evidence was not something we had to go discover. It was brought right to us on the 6th.”

4. Fred Upton (Michigan)

Fred Upton is the longest-serving member of the Michigan delegation to Congress.

Upton said: “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.”

5. Jaime Herrera Beutler (Washington)

Jaime was fifth Republican to announce her support for impeachment.

In a statement by the Latino Republican “The President’s offenses, in my reading of the Constitution, were impeachable based on the indisputable evidence we already have,” the congresswoman said in the statement.

“My vote to impeach our sitting president is not a fear-based decision. I am not choosing a side, I’m choosing truth. It’s the only way to defeat fear,” Herrera Beutler concluded, to a smattering of applause on the House floor.

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6. Dan Newhouse (Washington)

“If inciting an insurrection does not warrant impeachment, nothing does,” Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint, said during the House debate. “I took an oath to uphold the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. Today, I vote to uphold my oath.”

7. Peter Meija (Michigan)

“The President betrayed his oath of office by seeking to undermine our constitutional process, and he bears responsibility for inciting the violent acts of insurrection last week,” Meijer said

8. Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio)

Gonzalez in his statement accused President Trump of having “abandoned his post” amid the violence at the Capitol.

“When I consider the full scope of events leading up to January 6th including the president’s lack of response as the United States Capitol was under attack, I am compelled to support impeachment,” he wrote on Twitter.

9. David Valadao

Valadao said that Trump “was, without question, a driving force in the catastrophic events that took place on January 6 by encouraging masses of rioters to incite violence on elected officials, staff members, and our representative democracy as a whole”.

10. Tom Rice

“I have backed this president through thick and thin for four years. I’ve campaigned for him and voted for him twice. But this utter failure is inexcusable,” Rice said in a statement after the vote.

Rice said he was disappointed that Trump has failed to show remorse over the riot or address the nation to ask for calm.