A total of ten Republican legislators voted on Wednesday in favor of initiating a political trial (impeachment) against the outgoing president of the United States, the also republican Donald Trump, accused of “incitement to insurrection “ for his role in the assault on the Capitol that the president’s supporters carried out last week.
The vote, which ended with 232 votes in favor and 197 against (The minimum to pass the impeachment was 217) went ahead thanks to the Democratic majority, but the ten Republican legislators who joined wanted to express with their vote that, in their opinion, the president’s performance regarding the assault on the Capitol last Wednesday He did not live up to the demands of his position.
This is the vote in favor of a impeachment who has counted on more support from opposing party legislators (he impeachment Bill Clinton, in 1998, was backed by five Democratic legislators, half).
The Republican congressmen who voted to impeach the president were, specifically, Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), Peter meijer (Michigan), Fred upton (Michigan), Liz cheney (Wyoming), John katko (NY), Adam kinzinger (Illinois), Tom rice (South Carolina), Jaime Herrera Beutler (Washington), Dan Newhouse (Washington) and David valadao (California).
Although the number of Republicans who finally decided to support the impeachment was not clear until the vote, the support of these legislators underscores their discontent for the Capitol incident, which took place last week, during the certification of Joe Biden’s victory in Congress.
However, the majority of the Republican Legislative Caucus opposed to impeach Trump on the grounds that the measure only contributes to fan the flames of “division” in the difficult times the country is going through.
“This is not the way if we want recover the unit. It is time to seek healing. Let’s stop this impeachment, “replied Jeff van Drew, a Republican lawmaker from New Jersey.