USA: Rep. Liz Cheney, become first member of House GOP leadership to announce publicly support of impeachment. This announcement is made after the House Republican Conference.
In a statement released, Cheney described the violent mob that breached the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, causing destruction and death.
In the statement, she said:
“Much more will become clear in coming days and weeks, but what we know now is enough. The President of the United States( indicating Donald Trump) summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his( Donald Trump) doing.”
Republican in the House added to this: “None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
The House vote on impeachment is expected to take place on Wednesday. This is after one week after pro-Trump extremists stormed the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to delay by several hours their constitutional duty of tallying the Electoral College votes from the Nov. 3 election. The article of impeachment will incited the Donald Trump’s insurrection.
In response to impeachment, Trump on Tuesday called it “ridiculous” and said it’s “causing tremendous danger to our country.”
Cheney is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, and she will be joined in voting yes on impeachment by Republican colleagues Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and John Katko of New York.
Kinzinger wrote in a statement: “There is no doubt in my mind that the President of the United States broke his oath of office and incited this insurrection. So in assessing the articles of impeachment brought before the House, I must consider: if these actions – the Article II branch inciting a deadly insurrection against the Article I branch – are not worthy of impeachment, then what is an impeachable offense?”
Katko in supporting impeachment also released a statement on Tuesday saying, “It cannot be ignored that President Trump encouraged this insurrection.”
Addee tot his, 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. For that reason, I cannot sit by without taking action.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., commended Cheney’s decision, speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday night: “Good for her to be honoring the oath of office. Would that more Republicans would be honoring their oaths of office now.”