President Trump is planning a political punishment for the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach the Capitol riots last week, according to a new report.
Trump has called on aides to keep him informed of the ten after Wednesday afternoon’s vote, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
Trump “wanted to know who the legislators were and whether he had ever done anything for them” and “asked who could run against them when they face re-election in two years,” the paper said.
The breakaway Republicans have joined all Democrats to impeach Trump with just one allegation of inciting an uprising that violates the certification of President-elect Joe Biden̵
Republican Parliament No. 3 Liz Cheney of Wyoming was among the 10 and opposed calls by some members of the House of Freedom House to resign. He and Trump have long clashed over foreign policy, and he called for its removal during a speech before the White House White House, which was at the heart of his impeachment.
The other Republicans who voted to impeach Trump were representatives. Tom Rice of South Carolina, John Katko of New York, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, Peter Meyer of Michigan, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Dan Newhouse of Washington, Fred Upton of Michigan, Jaime Herrera Butler of Washington and David Vallado.
Trump is expected to remain a powerful figure among Republicans when he leaves office on Jan. 20 and could help bring down a handful of actors. Many other Republicans, including minority minority leader Kevin McCarthy, have publicly blamed Trump’s actions but called for less harsh reprimands.
Representative Nancy Mace (R-SC) insisted on a no-confidence motion that would ban Trump from taking office again, but she did not support impeachment. Others argued over the wording. Representative Chip Roy, Texas, said Trump “deserves universal condemnation for what I believe is imperial behavior,” but disagreed with the Democrats’ wording.
Much of Trump’s impeachment process is uncertain – including whether it will begin this month. Parliament Speaker Nancy Pelosi (California) declined to say at a news conference on Friday whether to submit the impeachment resolution to the Senate immediately or to wait potentially months to avoid being distracted from Biden’s early legislative program.
Trump has not yet chosen lawyers to represent him in the Senate trial. It is also unclear whether Supreme Court President John Roberts will preside over the trial, because Trump will be the first former president to face an impeachment trial. There is also a legal theory that he cannot be brought to justice because he will no longer hold office and the purpose of impeachment is to remove him.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Who will cede Democrat leader Chuck Schumer of New York later this month, said Wednesday that he had not decided how to vote for impeachment. But with the 17 Republican votes needed for condemnation, and Trump’s political retaliation looming, it will remain difficult to achieve.