House GOP leadership won't lobby members to vote against impeachment

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GOP leadership will not lobby members to vote against President Trump's impeachment, two House Republican leadership sources told Fox News.
"This is a conscience vote for the members, I don't believe it will be whipped," one senior Republican aide said.

Nevertheless, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has said in a letter to GOP House members that he opposes impeaching the president. He said doing so would further divide the country in the wake of the attack on the Capitol last week and proposed other ways the House could respond.

With only eight days left in the president's term, the House of Representatives is pressing forward with a second impeachment vote of Trump for his handling of rioters who breached the Capitol last Wednesday. The House will vote Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. on a resolution from Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., calling on Vice President Mike Pence to use the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

If Pence does not oblige -- and he is not expected to -- then Democrats have said they will move forward with a second impeachment of the president, starting with debate on Wednesday morning.

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