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New York Republican Rep. John Katko says he will vote to impeach President Donald Trump when the full House vote takes place in the coming day.
Katko is the first House Republican to betray Trump in this manner.
He joins over 218 House Democrats who signed an impeachment resolution this week.
According to Syracuse.com, the House impeachment vote is expected to take place on Wednesday.
“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.”
“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."
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Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-ranking House Republican, said Tuesday she will vote to impeach President Trump.
Since Katko’s announcement, there are now at least four GOP lawmakers who will move to charge the president from their own party with high crimes and misdemeanors.
Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., later joined Cheney and Katko.
In a statement, Cheney said Trump “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,” Cheney said.
Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday evening that he will not try to remove Trump from office by invoking the 25th Amendment.
In the letter, Pence responded to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi by saying impeaching the president with just a week left in his presidency would further divide the nation.
“I do not believe such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with the Constitution,” Pence wrote in a letter to Pelosi released Tuesday night.
“Last week, I did not yield to pressure to exert beyond my constitutional authority to determine the outcome of the election, and I will not now yield to efforts in the House of Representatives to play political games at a time so serious in the life of our nation,” he added.
Pence wrote that using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump would “set a terrible precedent.” Instead, he argued that it should only be used in instances where the president is incapacitated or has a disability that prevents them from carrying out the duties of the office.
“I urge you and every member of Congress to avoid actions that would further divide and inflame passions of the moment,” Pence wrote. “Work with us to lower the temperature and unite our country as we prepare to inaugurate President-elect Joe Biden as the next President of the United States. I pledge to you that I will continue to do my part to work in good faith with the incoming administration to ensure an orderly transition of power. So help me God.”
The House plans to vote Wednesday on whether to charge Trump with high crimes and misdemeanors.