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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 KinzingerCheney tests Trump grip on GOP post-presidency National Guard back inside Capitol after having been moved to parking garage Budowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated MORE (R-Ill.) announced Tuesday he will vote to impeach President TrumpDonald TrumpMcCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Biden, Trudeau agree to meet next month Trump planned to oust acting AG to overturn Georgia election results: report 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: Intelligence agency gathers US smartphone location data without warrants, memo says | Democrats seek answers on impact of Russian hack on DOJ, courts | Airbnb offers Biden administration help with vaccine distribution House lawmakers reintroduce bipartisan bill to weed out foreign disinformation on social media Cheney tests Trump grip on GOP post-presidency MORE (R-N.Y.) and Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyCheney tests Trump grip on GOP post-presidency GOP senators say only a few Republicans will vote to convict Trump For Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief 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 BidenMcCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Biden, Trudeau agree to meet next month Fauci infuriated by threats to family 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 UptonUpton becomes first member of Congress to vote to impeach two presidents The Hill's Morning Report - Trump impeached again; now what? Kinzinger says he is 'in total peace' after impeachment vote MORE (R-Mich.), a Tuesday Group co-chair, as well as Reps. Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerUpton becomes first member of Congress to vote to impeach two presidents The Hill's Morning Report - Trump impeached again; now what? Kinzinger says he is 'in total peace' after impeachment vote MORE (R-Wash.) and Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickTrump's assault on the federal government isn't over Growing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment GOP lawmakers introduce resolution to censure Trump over Capitol riot MORE (R-Pa.).

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyMcCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Cheney tests Trump grip on GOP post-presidency McCarthy supports Cheney remaining in leadership amid calls for her to step down 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 RomneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden's crisis agenda hits headwinds GOP senators say only a few Republicans will vote to convict Trump For Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief 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 McConnellTrump impeachment trial to begin week of Feb. 8 Democrats float 14th Amendment to bar Trump from office Biden signals he's willing to delay Trump trial 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.”