Donald Trump created history on Thursday by becoming the first US president to be impeached twice by the House of Representatives. The House formally charged him with inciting a violent mob that later stormed into and attacked the Capitol on January 6.
One of the noticeable aspect of the House vote on Donald Trump’s impeachment was that 10 leaders of his Republican party broke ranks and voted in favour of the impeachment motion.
Here is what the 10 Republicans said:
Adam Kinzinger of Illinois: “There is no doubt in my mind that the President of the United States broke his oath of office and incited this insurrection.”
Liz Cheney of Wyoming: “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.”
John Katko of New York: “To allow the President of the United States to incite this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy.”
Fred Upton of Michigan: “I would have preferred a bipartisan, formal censure rather than a drawn-out impeachment process. I fear this will now interfere with important legislative business and a new Biden Administration. But it is time to say: Enough is enough.”
Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington: “Hours went by before the President did anything meaningful to stop the attack. Instead, he and his lawyer were busy making calls to senators who were still in lockdown, seeking their support to further delay the Electoral College certification.”
Dan Newhouse of Washington: “This is a pivotal and solemn moment in our country’s history. I wholeheartedly believe our nation – and the system of government it was founded upon – may well be in jeopardy if we do not rise to this occasion. This is not a decision I take lightly.”
Peter Meijer of Michigan: “With the facts at hand, I believe the article of impeachment to be accurate. 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.”
Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio: “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.”
Tom Rice of South Carolina: “I have backed this President through thick and thin for four years. I campaigned for him and voted for him twice. But, this utter failure is inexcusable.”
David Valadao of California: “Based on the facts before me, I have to go with my gut and vote my conscience. I voted to impeach President Trump. His inciting rhetoric was un-American, abhorrent, and absolutely an impeachable offense. It’s time to put country over politics.”
While Donald Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives, the impeachment process is not over yet.
The next major step is for the Senate, the upper chamber of the US Congress, to have a trial to determine Donald Trump’s guilt.
To hold Donald trump guilty, a two-thirds majority will be required in the Senate.
If all 100 senators are present for the vote, at least 17 Republicans need to join the Democrats to convict him.
Ten Republicans broke ranks during the impeachment vote in the House of Representatives. It now remains to be seen if 17 leaders of Trump’s Republican party will follow suit if and when the matter comes up for vote in the Senate.
(With inputs from Reuters.)
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