Liz Cheney, third-highest ranking House Republican, says she will vote for impeachment

by Peter Heck · Jan 13th, 2021 10:43 am

Last Updated Jan 15th, 2021 at 2:50 am

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and the third-highest ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, announced Tuesday that she will join with Democrats in voting to impeach President Trump.

Cheney, who chairs the influential Republican conference, is now one of four Republicans in the House to publicly say they believe Trump committed "high crimes and misdemeanors" by inciting last Wednesday's Capitol Hill riots through incendiary rhetoric.

"[Trump] summoned this mob, assembled the mob and lit the flame of this attack," Cheney said in a statement. "Everything that followed was his doing. 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."

Democrats have said they are confident they have sufficient votes to impeach the president for an unprecedented second time in one term. Impeachment requires only a majority vote, something the Democrats could muster even without Republican support. But Cheney, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Rep. John Katko (R-NY), and Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) have now pledged to join them.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised Cheney for her announcement.

"Good for her for honoring her oath of office," Pelosi said, before wishing that more Republicans would join.


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