Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy have privately signaled they too are furious and open to punishing Trump in some way for his role inciting the violence that led to five deaths. | Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP
Republicans begin turning on Trump
Multiple Republicans, including Liz Cheney, are coming out in support of impeaching the president.
President Donald Trump’s impeachment firewall has begun to crack.
A day before the House is set to charge Trump with ‘willful incitement of insurrection’ — the gravest allegation ever lodged against a sitting president — fissures in the Republican Party Tuesday threatened to transform the vote into a resounding bipartisan rebuke.
And after Vice President Mike Pence officially rejected Democrats’ demands he forcibly remove Trump by using the 25th Amendment, the House will move forward with impeachment Wednesday, this time with key Republican support.
“The facts are very clear — the president called for this seditious attack,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday night. “Removal of the president is an unprecedented action but it is required because it is an unprecedented moment in history.”
Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, punctuated the GOP defections Tuesday night with a statement announcing her support for impeachment and accusing Trump of being singularly responsible for the mob that led a deadly and destructive march to the Capitol on Jan. 6.
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