House Democrats and at least a handful of Republicans, including House Republican No. 3, will vote to impeach President Trump just one week after a deadly mob invaded the US Capitol putting up Mike Pence and legislators in danger.
The number of Republicans who will ultimately vote for impeachment remains unclear. So far, five Republicans have said they will vote to impeach Trump.
Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney, speaking yesterday in support of impeachment, sparked the first sign that the Republican Party might try to be something else after Trump. And he didn’t just say he supported impeachment. She put the blame for the events of the past week squarely on Trump’s shoulders.
“The president of the United States summoned this mob, rallied the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the president, ”he wrote.
The division, the differences, the revisionism that we could see in the coming months and years is just beginning.
Small cracks are occurring on Capitol Hill right now. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s staff is asking their boss to explain himself. Senator Ted Cruz’s communications director resigned. Those who disown Trump both before and because of this moment will not necessarily win this ideological contest that will unfold in the days and years to come.
Some will get on this train late, many months and years after having walked in unison with the president. And many may never reject it at all. Trump’s support remains strong. There’s a reason his followers took him seriously when he tweeted, when he made promises, when he gave instructions.
We still expect only a handful of Republicans to vote with Democrats to impeach today. One consultant put that estimate, even after Cheney, at no more than 20.
Here are the Republicans who will vote to impeach:
Representative John Katko
Representative Jamie Herrera Beutler
Representative Adam Kinzinger
Representative Fred Upton
Representative Liz Cheney