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The last time that President Donald Trump was impeached there was scarcely any support from Republicans for it.
But that has changed this time around as the House of Representatives, led by Speaker and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, prepares its new Articles of Impeachment, CNN reported.
A growing number of Republicans want President Donald Trump to leave office before January 20, with some top lawmakers telling CNN they are considering supporting his impeachment.
Two Republican members of Congress who are former Trump allies told CNN they would support impeachment against the President over his role in Wednesday’s deadly attack on the US Capitol if the articles are reasonable. One member said, “I think you will have GOP members vote for impeachment.”
While the window is narrowing for an impeachment vote and trial before Trump’s term ends, one of the GOP lawmakers said the proceedings could be done quickly.
“We experienced the attack,” the lawmaker said to CNN. “We don’t need long hearings on what happened.”
Rep. Adam Kinzinger is another House member who called for the removal of the president, but not by means of impeachment.
“Here’s the truth. The president caused this. The president is unfit and the president is unwell. And the president now must relinquish control of the executive branch voluntarily or involuntarily,” he said in a video.
“All indications are that the president has become unmoored, not just from his duty, nor even his oath, but from reality itself,” the representative said. “It’s for this reason that I call for the vice president and members of the Cabinet to ensure the next few weeks are safe for the American people and that we have a sane captain the ship.”
“Until the president is able to himself. It’s time to invoke the 25th Amendment and to end this nightmare,” he said.
On MSNBC later in the day he said “I think it’s obvious that there are people that their own political survival demands that they create a different narrative to what happened yesterday, and creating a different narrative is going to lead to something like this happening again, or maybe worse.”
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is another who said that she wants the president gone, and even threatened to leave the Republican Party if it does not happen.
“I want him to resign. I want him out. He has caused enough damage,” she said in the interview with the publication.
“I think he should leave. He said he’s not going to show up. He’s not going to appear at the at the inauguration. He hasn’t been focused on what is going on with COVID. He’s either been golfing or he’s been inside the Oval Office fuming and throwing every single person who has been loyal and faithful to him under the bus, starting with the vice president,” the senator said.
“He doesn’t want to stay there. He only wants to stay there for the title. He only wants to stay there for his ego. He needs to get out. He needs to do the good thing, but I don’t think he’s capable of doing a good thing,” she said.
“If the Republican Party has become nothing more than the party of Trump, I sincerely question whether this is the party for me,” she said.
Sen. Ben Sasse has said that he would “definitely consider” voting to convict this time of the Articles of Impeachment reach the Senate.
“The House, if they come together and have a process, I will definitely consider whatever articles they might move because, as I’ve told you, I believe the President has disregarded his oath of office,” he said to CBS News.