Rep. Cheney crosses party lines, Trump impeached for 2nd time in U.S House

WASHINGTON, D.C — The U.S House of Representatives voted on articles of  impeachment for President Donald Trump, on charges of “incitement of insurrection.” According to the Associated Press, ten republicans, including Rep. Liz Cheney ( R-WY), crossed party lines and voted to impeach the President. Cheney announced her decision in a statement on Jan. 12, ahead of the vote.

The nine other republican Representatives who voted to impeach include, John Katko of New York; Adam Kinzinger of Illinois; Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio; Fred Upton and Peter Meijer of Michigan; Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse of Washington state; Tom Rice of South Carolina; and David Valadao of California.

The House voted 232-197 to impeach the President.

The articles were brought to the House floor after a group of insurrectionists sieged the U.S Capitol, sending congresspeople into lockdown as they were in the midst of certifying the electoral college votes on Jan. 6. The attack at the capitol resulted in the death of two capitol police officers. Four civilians died during the attacks.

Rep. Cheney was outspoken following the attacks at the Capitol, calling the assailants a “mob” and condemned President Trump for not calling on his supporters to end the attack.

This is Donald Trump’s second impeachment by the House, making him the first American President to be impeached twice. He was impeached in Dec. 2019 for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. No Republican lawmakers voted in favor of the 2019 impeachment articles.

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