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Kinzinger says he'll vote to impeach Trump

Kinzinger says he'll vote to impeach Trump
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Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerOvernight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal Kinzinger plotted to oust McCarthy after Jan. 6 attack Kabul attack spurs fears over fate of Afghan women as US exits MORE (R-Ill.) announced Tuesday he will vote to impeach President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal MORE over his role in inciting last week’s violent mob at the Capitol.

Kinzinger is the third GOP lawmaker to say he will join Democrats in backing a single article of impeachment accusing the president of “willfully inciting violence against the Government of the United States” over Wednesday’s riot, which left at least five people dead.

Kinzinger in a statement said Trump “encouraged an angry mob to storm the United States Capitol to stop the counting of electoral votes,” noting that lawmakers were gathered to certify the presidential election results.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the President of the United States broke his oath of office and incited this insurrection. He used his position in the Executive to attack the Legislative. So in assessing the articles of impeachment brought before the House, I must consider: if these actions—the Article II branch inciting a deadly insurrection against the Article I branch—are not worthy of impeachment, then what is an impeachable offense?” he said.

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“I will vote in favor of impeachment,” the Illinois Republican concluded.

Kinzinger will join Rep. John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoHillicon Valley: US, UK authorities say Russian hackers exploited Microsoft vulnerabilities | Lawmakers push for more cyber funds in annual appropriations | Google child care workers ask for transportation stipend Lawmakers push for increased cybersecurity funds in annual appropriations America's Jewish communities are under attack — Here are 3 things Congress can do MORE (R-N.Y.) and Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyTop female GOP senator compares Cheney ousting to 'cancel culture' Kinzinger plotted to oust McCarthy after Jan. 6 attack Romney: Removing Cheney from House leadership will cost GOP election votes MORE (Wyo.), the No. 3 House Republican, in backing House Democrats’ impeachment effort. The article is expected to pass Wednesday, which would make Trump the first president in history to be impeached two separate times.

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Last week Kinzinger, a frequent critic of the president throughout the Trump administration, became the first GOP lawmaker to publicly call for Trump's removal after the siege of the U.S. Capitol. However, he kept his cards close to the vest until Tuesday over how he’d vote on the impeachment articles, simply stating Sunday he’d “vote the right way” and that he backed Trump’s removal via the 25th Amendment.

The quick procession of the announcements from Katko, Cheney and Kinzinger underscore the growing frustration among GOP lawmakers with Trump over his remarks to a crowd of supporters last week that helped fuel what ultimately became a chaotic mob in the heart of American democracy.

Trump spoke to a mass of supporters to repeat his unfounded claims that the presidential election was fraudulently “stolen” from him, telling the crowd “you have to show strength” and “if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore.”

The rioters then descended on Capitol Hill, interrupting lawmakers’ votes to certify the presidential election results and forcing them to flee to a secure area.

No House Republicans joined Democrats in their impeachment efforts in 2019 and early 2020 over Trump’s efforts to leverage U.S. military aide to Ukraine to pressure Kiev to investigate now-President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Manchin, Biden huddle amid talk of breaking up T package Overnight Energy: 5 takeaways from the Colonial Pipeline attack | Colonial aims to 'substantially' restore pipeline operations by end of week | Three questions about Biden's conservation goals MORE, but bubbling anger from the GOP had raised the prospect that some would jump the aisle to vote to impeach Trump this time.

Other Republican House members who are being eyed as possible supporters of impeachment are Rep. Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonCheney fight stokes cries of GOP double standard for women Overnight Energy: Michigan reps reintroduce measure for national 'forever chemicals' standard |  White House says gas tax won't be part of infrastructure bill Mark Ruffalo joins bipartisan lawmakers in introducing chemical regulation bill MORE (R-Mich.), a Tuesday Group co-chair, as well as Reps. Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerUninvited Trump is specter at GOP retreat McCarthy defends Trump response to deadly Jan. 6 riot Republicans who backed Trump impeachment see fundraising boost MORE (R-Wash.) and Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickAmerica's Jewish communities are under attack — Here are 3 things Congress can do Biden visits local Mexican restaurant to highlight relief program Police reform talks ramp up amid pressure from Biden, families MORE (R-Pa.).

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyTop female GOP senator compares Cheney ousting to 'cancel culture' Kinzinger plotted to oust McCarthy after Jan. 6 attack Romney: Removing Cheney from House leadership will cost GOP election votes MORE (R-Calif.) told House Republicans on a Monday conference call he opposed impeachment, but the party is not conducting a whip effort against the effort.

No senator has come out in support of convicting Trump over the impeachment charge, but Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyTop female GOP senator compares Cheney ousting to 'cancel culture' Romney: Removing Cheney from House leadership will cost GOP election votes Utah county GOP censures Romney over Trump impeachment vote MORE (R-Utah) voted to convict Trump in 2020, and he could be joined by a handful of other centrists this time around. The New York Times also reported Tuesday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellManchin, Biden huddle amid talk of breaking up T package Romney: Removing Cheney from House leadership will cost GOP election votes The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden reverses Trump limits on transgender protections MORE (R-Ky.) has told people that he thinks Trump committed impeachable offenses.

Trump defended the remarks he made last week, telling reporters Tuesday they were “totally appropriate.”