Liz Cheney, a third-ranked Republican, said Tuesday she would vote to impeach President Donald Trump, as at least three Republicans will take action to accuse the president of his own party of high crimes and violations.
She is the highest-ranking Republican to call for the president’s impeachment following Wednesday’s deadly Capitol Hill riots, which Trump helped incite with lies and inflammatory rhetoric.
Representative John Catko, RN.Y., said earlier that he would support impeachment after the president stirred up a mob that attacked the Capitol last week as Congress counted President-elect Joe Biden̵
In a statement, Cheney said Trump “called this crowd, gathered the crowd and ignited the flames of this attack.”
“Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the president,” the chairman of the Republican conference said. “The president could intervene immediately and forcibly to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by the president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
Republican House President Liz Cheney spoke at a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 8, 2019.
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The chamber plans to vote Wednesday on whether to charge Trump with high-profile crimes and offenses. Democrats say they have enough votes to impeach the president for an unprecedented second time.
After the House impeach Trump, the Senate will decide whether to convict him. The chamber may not have time to vote to remove him before Biden takes office a week after Wednesday.
However, the Senate conviction will prevent Trump from becoming president again.
Republicans in parliament revealed their position as the New York Times reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. The paper did not specify whether McConnell would vote to condemn the president if the House sent members to impeach the Senate, or call on Republicans to vote the same way.
More Republicans could join Cheney, Katko and Kinzinger in support of the effort. No Republican parliament has voted to impeach Trump in 2019 for abusing power and obstructing Congress.
Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, is breaking away from minority home leader Kevin McCarthy. The California Republican opposed Trump’s impeachment. He and minority whip Steve Scalis, R-La., Both opposed the count of Biden’s certified victories in Arizona and Pennsylvania after the attack on the Capitol.
Cheney is the daughter of former Vice President and Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney. He joined nine other living Pentagon chiefs earlier this month in a warning against involving the military in disputes over election results. The Washington Post published three days before the Capitol attack.
Earlier, Trump said pushing Democrats to impeach him was dangerous and could provoke more violence. Some of his Republican allies say efforts would thwart attempts to ease tensions in the country.
Proponents of impeachment have said that Congress should not move forward until it holds Trump accountable for his supporters’ attempts to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power.
An article on impeachment that Democratic leaders support, entitled “Inciting an Uprising,” accuses Trump of committing high-level crimes and crimes by encouraging an attack on an equal branch of government. It says the president, by lying to his supporters about the election results for two months and then encouraging them to fight the result shortly before the Capitol invasion, is helping to provoke a riot.
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