On Wednesday (Jan. 13), the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump for inciting supporters to riot the US Capital Building.
This historic vote comes only a year after his first impeachment, where during a phone call Trump asked Ukraine’s President to find dirt on President-elect Joe Biden. Therefore directly involving foreign Governments in the United States Presidential election process, again. Trump is the 3rd US President to be impeached, following after Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson.
Not only is Trump the first US President to be impeached twice. But the vote taken on Wednesday has also been recorded as the largest vote for impeachment, ( 232-197).
10 republicans aligned with the Democrats to have Trump removed from office.
“I’m not afraid of losing my job,” said Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler. “But I am afraid my country will fail.”
Along with Herrera Beutler, stood the following Republicans: Reps. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. — the No. 3 Republican in House leadership — Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, Rep, Jamie Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Mich., Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif.
Some Republicans stood in allegiance with Trump referencing his delayed response to condemn his mob of rioting supporters.
Although House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., believes Trump does “bears responsibility” for the attack last week. He also believes that the president’s impeachment would only fuel tensions.
“A vote to impeach will further divide the nation,” he explains.
In order for Trump to be convicted, Democrats will need the support of 17 GOP Senators.
A letter to GOP written by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-KY) details how the meeting will transpire. McConnel explains that the meeting will begin as usual. The chamber will meet and begin trail on January 19, only a day before Biden’s inauguration on January 20th.
McConnell also sent a note to his follow Republicans on Wednseday afternoon revealing that he has not made a final decision on how he will vote in the impeachment.
“I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate,” he wrote.