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Kinzinger says he is 'in total peace' after impeachment vote

Kinzinger says he is 'in total peace' after impeachment vote
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Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerCheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' Why the Democrats need Joe Manchin Axios CEO says GOP before Trump will not return MORE (Ill.), one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden prepares to confront Putin Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting Senate investigation of insurrection falls short MORE on Wednesday, said in his first post-vote interview that he was “in total peace” with the decision.

“Do I worry about my political future? Not really, because honestly, I never got into this to build some political empire,” Kinzinger told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. “I did it to do the right thing and I am in total peace today that my vote was the right thing, and I actually think history will judge it that way.”

Guthrie went on to ask Kinzinger if he believed the single article of impeachment will attract any Republican support in the Senate trial. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWhat the Democrats should be doing to reach true bipartisanship Democrats mull overhaul of sweeping election bill McConnell seeks to divide and conquer Democrats MORE (R-Ky.) has said he will not reconvene the chamber for a trial before Trump leaves office, but a New York Times report earlier this week claimed McConnell believes Trump has committed impeachable offenses and is pleased with the impeachment effort.

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Kinzinger said he believed Senate Republicans were more receptive to voting to remove the president after the deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol.

“I hope the Senate does the right thing. I think they will,” he said. “All I know is I'm responsible for my vote. I feel at peace with my vote, but it was definitely a very weighty and heavy day in America.”

No Republican senators have publicly said they will vote to convict Trump as of Wednesday, but Sens. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiPelosi: 'No intention' of abandoning Democrats' infrastructure goals What the Democrats should be doing to reach true bipartisanship Democrats mull overhaul of sweeping election bill MORE (R-Alaska) have both called for his resignation.

House Republicans who joined Kinzinger in voting for impeachment were: Reps. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyNew Israeli government should be a teaching moment for global leadership Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' House Democrats to Schumer: Vote again on Jan. 6 probe MORE (Wyo.), Peter Meijer (Mich.), Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonFauci: Emails highlight confusion about Trump administration's mixed messages early in pandemic Why Republican politicians are sticking with Trump Progressives nearly tank House Democrats' Capitol security bill MORE (Mich.), John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoColonial Pipeline may use recovered ransomware attack funds to boost cybersecurity In shot at Manchin, Pelosi calls for Senate to strengthen voting rights Democrats debate shape of new Jan. 6 probe MORE (N.Y.), Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerBiden needles GOP touting rescue plan they opposed: 'Some people have no shame' GOP leader's Jan. 6 call to Trump draws scrutiny in commission fight Progressives nearly tank House Democrats' Capitol security bill MORE (Wash.), Dan NewhouseDaniel (Dan) Milton NewhouseProgressives nearly tank House Democrats' Capitol security bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate path uncertain after House approves Jan. 6 panel House lawmakers unveil bill to end ban on Postal Service shipments of alcohol MORE (Wash.), Tom RiceHugh (Tom) Thompson RiceProgressives nearly tank House Democrats' Capitol security bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate path uncertain after House approves Jan. 6 panel Tom Rice gains new primary challenger over impeachment vote MORE (S.C.), Anthony GonzalezAnthony GonzalezClub for Growth bashes CNN in social media ad Liz Cheney spent K on security in months after Trump impeachment vote Republican who voted to impeach Trump warns against GOP 'recipe for disaster' MORE (Ohio) and David ValadaoDavid Goncalves ValadaoProgressives nearly tank House Democrats' Capitol security bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate path uncertain after House approves Jan. 6 panel Five takeaways on the House's return to budget earmarks MORE (Calif.).