Trump impeachment: Republicans turn on the President

13 Jan 2021

Numerous senior Republican Party figures have stated they will vote to impeach U.S. President Trump following last week’s Capitol riots.

Liz Cheney, the House of Representatives' third most senior Republican has stated she is in favour of impeachment, with a vote expected to take place in the House on Wednesday, BBC reports.

Cheney said in a statement: "There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution," adding that Trump "summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack" on the Capitol last week.

Three other Republican House members, John Katko, Adam Kinzinger and Fred Upton have announced they would also vote for impeachment, reports Sky News.

A vote to impeach the President would then move to the Senate for trial, with senators acting as jurors.

A two-thirds majority of the upper chamber would be required to convict Trump, meaning at least 17 Republicans would have to vote in favour of conviction.

Even though there is not enough time to impeach Trump before Joe Biden takes office next week, the Senate could still ban him from ever running for office again.

Previously, the House passed a resolution calling on Vice-President Mike Pence to help oust Trump using the 25th Amendment.

However, in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Pence said: "Under our Constitution, the 25th Amendment is not a means of punishment or usurpation.

"I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our nation or consistent with our constitution.”

On Tuesday, President Trump rebuffed the second impeachment attempt, calling it a “hoax”.

He stated: "The impeachment hoax is a continuation of the greatest and most vicious witch-hunt in the history of our country and is causing tremendous anger and division and pain far greater than most people will ever understand."