Historic Impeachment Vote Sharpens Divides in Republican Party

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The impeachment vote underscores growing divides within the Republican Party during Trump's final days in office.
With House Vote, Trump Set to Become First U.S. President Impeached Twice

A small but growing chorus of Republican lawmakers are backing plans to impeach U.S. President Donald Trump in a historically unprecedented move following a pro-Trump mob's violent breach of the U.S. Capitol complex on Jan. 6.

If the House passes impeachment articles, Trump will be the first U.S. president to be impeached twice, even though the vote comes just days before he leaves the White House and the path to an impeachment vote in the Republican-controlled Senate to remove him from office remains unclear. No other president who has faced impeachment—Bill Clinton or Andrew Johnson—has faced charges as severe: "willful incitement of insurrection." The vote is expected Wednesday afternoon.

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the third highest-ranking House Republican, announced her support for an impeachment vote in a statement blaming Trump for the mob violence that led to five deaths and dozens of injured police officers.

"The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing," Cheney said. "There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution."

Four other House Republicans so far have said they would support Democrats' calls for impeachment: Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois; John Katko of New York, and Fred Upton of…
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