As President Trump’s days in office come to a close, more Republicans have begun announcing support for his impeachment.
GOP Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington announced on Tuesday night that she will vote to impeach the president, making her the fifth lawmaker to support the move.
“I understand the argument that the best course is not to further inflame the country or alienate Republican voters,” she said in a statement posted to Twitter. “But I am a Republican voter. I believe in our Constitution, individual liberty, free markets, charity, life, justice, peace and this exceptional county. I see that my own party will be best served when those among us choose truth.”
Beutler’s announcement comes soon after that of four other Republicans, including Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan. Earlier on Tuesday, Upton signed on to a Republican-led initiative to censure Trump but later released a statement saying he will now vote to impeach.
Upton cited comments from Trump about his remarks prior to last week’s deadly incursion into the Capitol building in justifying his change of opinion.
“Today the president characterized his inflammatory rhetoric at last Wednesday’s rally as ‘totally appropriate,’ and he expressed no regrets for last week’s violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol,” Upton said. “I would have preferred a bipartisan, formal censure rather than a drawn-out impeachment process. I fear this will now interfere with important legislative business and a new Biden Administration. But it is time to say: Enough is enough.”
Upton went on to say that Congress should “send a clear message that our country cannot and will not tolerate any effort by any president to impede the peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next.”
New York Rep. John Katko became the first GOP member to support impeachment on Tuesday. He was followed by Rep. Liz Cheney, the GOP conference chairwoman and third-ranking Republican in the House, and Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a list of nine impeachment managers on Tuesday night, led by Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland.
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