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Growing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment

Growing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment
© Greg Nash

A growing number of Republicans are announcing their plans to support impeaching President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote One quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors MORE after a violent mob stormed the Capitol last week.

House Republican Conference Chair Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyGOP braces for wild week with momentous vote GOP divided over expected Cheney ouster McCarthy says he supports Stefanik for House GOP conference chair MORE (Wyo.), Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerGOP divided over expected Cheney ouster Kinzinger compares Republican Party to the Titanic Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as White House continues to push vaccination effort MORE (R-Ill.) and Tuesday Group Co-Chairs 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.), 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.) and 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.) all issued statements on Tuesday saying the president’s rhetoric the day of the riot met the threshold of an impeachable offense.

“We’re going to walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women, and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them, because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong,” Trump said at a rally in Washington shortly before the Capitol siege.

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The riot led to the death of five people, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, when a mob of Trump supporters swarmed the building in an attempt to stop the certification of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote Shining a light on COINTELPRO's dangerous legacy MORE's Electoral College win.

Katko was the first GOP lawmaker in the House to announce he would vote in favor of the article of impeachment.

“To allow the president of the United States to incite this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy,” he said in the statement. “For that reason, I cannot sit by without taking action. I will vote to impeach this president.”

Kinzinger, who has been a vocal critic of the president, followed, stating that Trump “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?”

Upton blasted the president for saying his rally remarks the day of the riot were “totally appropriate,” slamming him for not showing remorse.

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Cheney, the only member of House GOP leadership to announce her support of impeachment, said there has “never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”

And Herrera Beutler noted that Trump went after Vice President Pence and noted the death of the police officer, stating that “the president’s offenses, in my reading of the Constitution, were impeachable based on the indisputable evidence we already have.”

The impeachment resolution, crafted by Reps. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinSix House Democrats ask Garland to review case of lawyer placed under house arrest over Chevron suit Democrats seek to keep spotlight on Capitol siege Congress and the administration cannot play games with the Congressional Review Act MORE (D-Md.), David CicillineDavid CicillineRepublicans float support for antitrust reform after Trump Facebook ban upheld Washington keeps close eye as Apple antitrust fight goes to court Hillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube execs to testify at Senate hearing on algorithms | Five big players to watch in Big Tech's antitrust fight MORE (D-R.I.) and Ted LieuTed W. LieuDemocrats, activists blast Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Lawmakers praise Biden for expected recognition of Armenian Genocide Overnight Defense: Top Pentagon nominee advances after Harris casts tie-breaker | Air Force general charged with sexual assault first to face court-martial | House passes bill to limit Saudi arms sales MORE (D-Calif.), charges Trump with high crimes and misdemeanors for “willfully inciting violence against the Government of the United States.”

Numerous members said they have not ruled out the possibility of joining the efforts.

“When it comes to impeachment, it’s something we’re strongly considering at this point,” Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) said in a video released by a reporter with a Fox affiliate in Michigan.

"I have to sleep on it,” Rep. Dan NewhouseDaniel (Dan) Milton NewhouseRepublicans who backed Trump impeachment see fundraising boost Overnight Energy: Progressives fear infrastructure's climate plans won't survive Senate | EPA to propose vehicle emissions standards by July's end | Poll shows growing partisan divide on climate change House Republicans who backed Trump impeachment warn Democrats on Iowa election challenge MORE (R-Wash.) said.

While a number of GOP lawmakers have gotten on board with impeachment, others have cautioned they think it could spark further violence, instead preferring to go the route of a censure.

A group of members led by Rep. 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.) introduced a censure on Tuesday, making the case they feel it is the effective way to punish Trump as he exits office without further dividing the country.

“President Trump’s attempts to undermine the outcome of the 2020 election have been unconscionable. The combination of a false information campaign coupled with inflammatory rhetoric led to the devastation that I was a personal witness to on the House Floor on Jan. 6. His actions threatened the integrity of our democracy, Congress, and his own vice president. For months, President Trump has been lying to the American people with false information, and giving his supporters false expectations. The election is over,” Fitzpatrick said in a statement.