The number three Republican in the United States House of Representatives, Liz Cheney, announced Tuesday that it will vote to initiate a impeachment of President Donald Trump for inciting his supporters to “insurrection” on Capitol Hill.
“There has never been a greater betrayal on the part of an incumbent president of the United States and his oath to the Constitution,” Cheney said in a statement.
“This insurrection caused injuries, death and destruction in the most sacred space of our republic,” he said about the taking of the headquarters of the Congress, which left five dead.
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It is the first time since the resignation of the republican president Richard Nixon In 1974, a leader of the president’s own party supported a political trial against him.
Cheney’s pronouncement came after his colleague John Katko, a congressman from New York, became the first Republican in the Lower House to commit to voting the “impeachment”. Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican and outspoken critic of Trump, followed soon after.
No Republican member of the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump in December 2019 and only one republican senator, Mitt Romney, voted to convict him. Then Trump was accused of having withheld US financial aid to force Ukraine to investigate alleged corruption of now president-elect Joe Biden.
There has never been a greater betrayal by a presiding United States president and his oath to the Constitution
Cheney’s statement comes amid reports that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, a key Trump ally for four years who defended him after the “impeachment” in 2019, does not oppose this second impeachment of Trump.
The New York Times, citing an anonymous source close to McConnell, said the outgoing leader of The majority of the Senate was pleased that Democrats were pushing for impeachment.
The Times and CNN said McConnell believed impeachment could rid the party of the influence of Trump, whom he blamed for two losses in the second round of senatorial elections a week ago in Georgia, after which the Republicans lost the majority in the Upper House.
(In context: With victories in Georgia, Democrats will have control of the Senate).
McConnell, considered a partisan Republican but also a Senate defender, spoke out vigorously last week against Trump’s pressure on Congress to nullify the will of the voters by certifying Biden’s victory. Trump on Tuesday was combative, denying responsibility for the violence of his supporters on Capitol Hill.
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