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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 KinzingerSunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged Trump endorses former aide against pro-impeachment Republican MORE (Ill.), one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 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 McConnellThe bizarre back story of the filibuster The Bible's wisdom about addressing our political tribalism Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' 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 ToomeyPhilly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying' Toomey censured by several Pennsylvania county GOP committees over impeachment vote Toomey on Trump vote: 'His betrayal of the Constitution' required conviction MORE (R-Pa.) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiGraham: Trump will 'be helpful' to all Senate GOP incumbents The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill Republicans see Becerra as next target in confirmation wars MORE (R-Alaska) have both called for his resignation.

House Republicans who joined Kinzinger in voting for impeachment were: Reps. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyMcCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 The Memo: CPAC fires starting gun on 2024 Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE (Wyo.), Peter Meijer (Mich.), Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonUpton censured for vote to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from Education Committee Is the 'civil war' in the Republican Party really over? Michigan GOP committee deadlocks on resolution to censure Meijer over impeachment vote MORE (Mich.), John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoLawmakers line up behind potential cyber breach notification legislation Lawmakers blame SolarWinds hack on 'collective failure' to prioritize cybersecurity Taylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act MORE (N.Y.), Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerActing chief acknowledges police were unprepared for mob Riot probe to likely focus on McCarthy-Trump call Congressional Democrats say Trump acquittal was foregone conclusion MORE (Wash.), Dan NewhouseDaniel (Dan) Milton NewhouseSix ways to visualize a divided America Here are the GOP lawmakers censured by Republicans for impeaching Trump Upton becomes first member of Congress to vote to impeach two presidents MORE (Wash.), Tom RiceHugh (Tom) Thompson RiceRepublican Party going off the rails? Trump unloads on McConnell, promises MAGA primary challengers State parties seek to punish anti-Trump Republicans MORE (S.C.), Anthony GonzalezAnthony GonzalezTrump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged Trump endorses former aide against pro-impeachment Republican The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Tanden's odds plummet to lead OMB MORE (Ohio) and David ValadaoDavid Goncalves ValadaoSix ways to visualize a divided America DCCC releases Spanish-language ads hitting GOP on QAnon Here are the GOP lawmakers censured by Republicans for impeaching Trump MORE (Calif.).