WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Republicans, Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming, John Katko of New York, and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, became the first to announce they would vote to impeach Trump.
The Wyoming congresswoman, the No. 3 Republican in the House, said in a statement late Tuesday that Trump “summoned” the mob that attacked the Capitol last week, “assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack.” She says, “Everything that followed was his doing.”
She also notes that Trump could have immediately intervened to stop his supporters, but he did not.
Cheney, the daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, says, “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
Katko said in a statement posted to Twitter late Tuesday: “I will vote to impeach this president.”
Katko, a former federal prosecutor, said he did not make the decision lightly.
He said, “To allow the president of the United States to incite this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy.” He says, “I cannot sit by without taking action.”
Kinzinger also said he will vote to impeach Trump. In a statement Tuesday, he said that Trump is responsible for whipping up “an angry mob” that stormed the Capitol last week, leaving five dead. He says “there is no doubt in my mind” that Trump “broke his oath of office and incited this insurrection.”
Trump himself has taken no responsibility for his role in inciting the attackers.
The House is set to start impeachment proceedings against Trump on Wednesday.
The president faces a single impeachment charge, “incitement to insurrection,” for his actions ahead of the mob attack on the Capitol, the worst domestic assault on the building in the nation’s history.