Republicans Liz Cheney, John Katko, Adam Kinzinger and Fred Upton say they would vote to impeach US President Donald Trump
Some Republicans have joined the race by Democrats in the US to remove President Donald Trump from office, after Vice-President Mike Pence rejected a vote to oust the president via the 25th amendment.
Liz Cheney, who is the third most senior Republican within the House of Representatives, as well as the daughter of the former Vice-President Dick Cheney, said she would vote to impeach the current President.
This comes after Democrats are charging the US President with “incitement of insurrection” as part of the impeachment proceedings following the attacks on the US Capitol building in Washington DC, with the FBI warning that more armed protests have been planned nationwide ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
“There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” she said in a strongly worded statement, adding that President Trump “summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack” on the US Capitol building last week.
Three other Republican House members, Adam Kinzinger, John Katko, and Fred Upton, said they would also be voting for impeachment.
A vote to impeach Donald Trump will now be taking place on Wednesday, which is supposedly very likely to pass. It would then be moving to the Senate for trial, with the senators acting as jurors.
With not enough time to impeach him before he is succeeded by the current President-elect, Democrat and former vice-president Joe Biden, in seven days’ time, the Senate will still be able to ban him from ever running for office again.
This comes after US Democrats are charging United States President Donald Trump with “incitement of insurrection” as part of their attempt to impeach him, following the invasion of the US Capitol by pro-Trump supporters that left five people dead, including one police officer.
Meanwhile, a group of moderate Republicans who are being led by led by House representative Brian Fitzpatrick will be backing a resolution to censure Donald Trump, to ensure that Congress “can unite to hold the president accountable.”
“Trump’s attempts to undermine the outcome of the 2020 election have been unconscionable,” said Mr Fitzpatrick.
“His actions threatened the integrity of our democracy, Congress, and his own vice president. For months, President Trump has been lying to the American people with false information, and giving his supporters false expectations. The election is over.”
However, on Tuesday, President Trump took no responsibility for the chaos, which left five people dead.
Before his Texas visit, he told reporters: “If you read my speech, and many people have done it and I’ve seen it both in the papers and in the media, on television, it’s been analysed and people thought that what I said was totally appropriate.”
“Everybody to a tee thought it was totally appropriate,” he added