Trump impeachment updates: Are Republicans leaving President’s side?

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

13th Jan, 2021. 12:45 pm
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President Donald Trump is facing impeachment charges as some of his fellow Republicans begin to leave his side.

The House of Representatives’ third most senior Republican, Liz Cheney, said she would vote to impeach Mr. Trump over last week’s US Capitol riot.

According to the international news agency, the House has planned to charge Trump with inciting insurrection on Wednesday. He will be the first US President ever to face impeachment two times.

What are Republicans saying?

Ms. Cheney, the daughter of former Vice-President Dick Cheney, has promised to support impeachment. This is the first time a leader of the president’s own party has stepped back from supporting since Richard Nixon’s time in office.

The Wyoming representative also said that Mr. Trump had “summoned this mob, assembled the mob, lit the flame of this attack”.

Moreover, two other Republican House members, John Katko and Adam Kinzinger said they would also vote for impeachment.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy has reportedly decided not to ask rank-and-file members of the party to vote against the measure.

According to the New York Times, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has told confidants he is pleased Democrats want to impeach the president because he believes it will help rid the Republican party of Mr. Trump.

Impeachment updates

The House of Representatives passed a resolution by 223-205 votes calling on Vice-President Mike Pence to help oust Mr. Trump using the 25th Amendment.

However, Mike Pence had earlier rejected the Democrats’ resolution which urged him to invoke Section 4 of the amendment.

In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Mr. Pence said: “Under our Constitution, the 25th Amendment is not a means of punishment or usurpation.

“Invoking the 25th Amendment in such a manner would set a terrible precedent.”

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