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Liz Cheney to vote to impeach Trump

Cheney says there’s “never been a greater betrayal” by a president.

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.

WASHINGTON — Republican Rep. Liz Cheney says she will vote to impeach President Donald Trump.

The Wyoming congresswoman, the No. 3 Republican in the House, said in a statement Tuesday that Trump “summoned” the mob that attacked the Capitol last week, “assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack.” She says, “Everything that followed was his doing.”

She also notes that Trump could have immediately intervened to stop his supporters, but he did not.

Cheney, a daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, says, “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”

Trump himself has taken no responsibility for his role in inciting the attackers.

New York Rep. John Katko was the first Republican to say he’d vote to impeach Trump.

Katko, a former federal prosecutor, said in a statement posted to Twitter late Tuesday: “I will vote to impeach this president.”

He said did not make the decision lightly.

“To allow the president of the United States to incite this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy, Katko said, adding, “I cannot sit by without taking action.”

Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger was the third Republican member of Congress to call for Trump’s impeachment.

Kinzinger said in a statement Tuesday that Trump is responsible for whipping up “an angry mob” that stormed the Capitol last week, leaving five dead. He says “there is no doubt in my mind” that Trump “broke his oath of office and incited this insurrection.”

The House is set to start impeachment proceedings against Trump on Wednesday.

The president faces a single impeachment charge, incitement to insurrection, for his actions surrounding the mob attack on the Capitol, the worst domestic assault on the building in the nation’s history.