Yesterday, the majority of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
This was the second impeachment President Trump has faced.
The first one occurred in December 2019 when Trump was impeached for the ‘abuse of power’ and the ‘obstruction of Congress’.
In February 2020, President Trump was cleared of these charges by Senate.
This time, the indictment cites an ‘incitement of insurrection’ as a relevant article of impeachment.
President Trump is held guilty for encouraging the U.S. Capitol storming a week before the impeachment.
However, the final decision is up to the U.S. Senate. Given the fact that two-thirds of the Senate needs to support the charges, it is highly unlikely that a sufficient number of Republican Senators will support their Democrat colleagues in the aim to oust President Trump and prevent him from holding public office in the future.
Republicans who went AWOL
Yet, 10 Republican House members decided to support Trump’s impeachment.
Together with Democrat Representatives, they formed the greatest majority any impeachment of the U.S. president has received so far.
These are the Republicans who voted for the impeachment:
1. Liz Cheney, WY
A daughter of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney has been an outspoken critic of President Trump for some time.
Having been the U.S. Representative for Wyoming since 2017, Cheney has been consistent in urging President Trump to offer ‘genuine evidence’ for the claims about the electoral fraud in November.
Now, she has been even more radical by saying that President Trump’s actions present ‘the greatest betrayal of the President’s office and oath to the Constitution’.
2. John Katko, NY
Before entering the House of Representatives in 2015, Katko had been the head of the organized crime division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Syracuse.
He is one of the first Republican members of the House who supported Trump’s impeachment, slamming what he viewed as ‘baseless theories about the election fraud’ that lead to violent acts of January 6 to which President Trump did not respond effectively.
3. Adam Kinzinger, IL
A member of the U.S. Air Force, Kinzinger has represented Illinois since 2011.
Echoing the words of Liz Cheney, he said that President Trump ‘broke his oath of office’ and ‘attacked the legislative branch by abusing his executive power’.
4. Anthony Gonzalez, OH
A Cuban-American Congressman from Ohio, Gonzalez entered politics after he retired from football.
On his Twitter account, Gonzalez accused President Trump of not only inciting but also organizing ‘the mob that attacked the U.S. Congress’.
5. Fred Upton, MI
A veteran of U.S. politics, Upton has represented Michigan since 1987.
Even though he said that he favored the bipartisan formal censure of President Trump, he voted for impeachment as his ‘only choice after Trump refused to take responsibility for the Capitol storming’.
6. Peter Meijer, MI
Upton’s younger compatriot from Michigan is a member of the Meijer family of hypermarket chain owners.
He is also a fresh member of the House who took his office just two weeks ago.
Like Upton, he cited ‘accountability’ as a reason for his impeachment vote against President Trump.
7. Jaime Herrera Beutler, WA
Having represented Washington’s 3rd district for 10 years, Beutler explained her vote for impeachment as a way to ‘opt for truth instead of fear’.
Beutler did not have any profession before entering politics.
8. Dan Newhouse, WA
Washington joined Michigan as a country with two Representatives voting for Trump’s impeachment after Rep. Dan Newhouse followed Rep. Beutler’s decision.
An agricultural scientist, Newhouse said that his decision to vote for Trump’s impeachment comes as a result of President Trump’s betrayal and that, despite that, he remains a ‘Republican and President’s supporter’.
9. Tom Rice, SC
Tom Rice, an accountant and a Congressman from South Carolina since 2013, wrote that even though he supported President Trump ‘through thick and thin’, he cannot find any excuse for President’s recent moves.
10. David Valadao, CA
A Representative from California was quite brutal in his attack on President Trump, saying that the President made an offense that was ‘un-American, abhorrent and absolutely impeachable’.