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Multiple House Republicans Turn Their Backs on Trump and Vote for Impeachment

Yesterday, Donald Trump was impeached by the US House of Representatives on charges of "incitement of an insurrection." Apart from the Democrats, the impeachment was supported by ten Republicans who turned their backs on their president.

As a result, Trump's second impeachment was voted 232 to 197 becoming the most bipartisan one in history. 

The list of the 10 Republicans who voted in favor of the impeachment includes: 

Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina

Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan

Rep. David Valadao of California

Rep. John Katko of New York

Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois

Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan 

Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio

Rep. Jamie Herrera-Beutler of Washington

Rep. Dan Newhouse of Washington

Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming

According to the impeachment article, President Trump has engaged in high crimes and trespassing by "willfully inciting violence against the government of the United States."

Earlier, the Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney said that "There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution." 

Rep. Jim Jordan said that the House Republican Conference "should have a second vote" for removing Liz Cheney as House GOP Conference chair. 

A couple of days ago, Rep. Rice did an 11th-hour about-face, stating that the US president has "acted recklessly last Wednesday, but he only has nine days left in his term." 

Several hours before the impeachment, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said that the impeachment would divide the US further, and a motion of censure was a better option. Nevertheless, according to other GOP sources, lawmakers were encouraged to vote their conscience. 

On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republicans he has "not made a final decision" on his vote and the official proceedings will not begin until after Joe Biden’s inauguration. 

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