Illinois congressman one of just 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump a second time

By Kallie Cox, Editor-in-Chief

Representative Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), was one of just 10 Republicans who voted to impeach President Donald Trump a second time. 

In a statement Kinzinger released the day before the impeachment, he said:

“Throughout my time in Congress, I’ve sought to do the right thing for the good of the people I represent and for the country as a whole. We are in unchartered waters here, and in a moment in history we have not experienced in modern times.

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On January 6, 2021, the President of the United States encouraged an angry mob to storm the United States Capitol to stop the counting of electoral votes. This angry mob turned violent and caused destruction to our nation’s symbol of democracy. This insurrection led to countless injuries and the death of several people, including two of our U.S. Capitol Police Officers.

There is no doubt in my mind that the President of the United States broke his oath of office and incited this insurrection. He used his position in the Executive to attack the Legislative. So in assessing the articles of impeachment brought before the House, I must consider: if these actions–the Article II branch inciting a deadly insurrection against the Article I branch–are not worthy of impeachment, then what is an impeachable offense?

I will vote in favor of impeachment.”

On Wednesday, the house voted 232 to 197 to charge Trump with “inciting violence against the government of the United States.”

(See more: Live Updates: The House, With Some G.O.P. Support, Votes to Impeach Trump a Historic Second Time)

The other Republicans who voted in favor of impeachment included:

  1. Representative John Katko of New York
  2. Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming
  3. Representative Fred Upton of Michigan
  4. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington 
  5. Representative Dan Newhouse of Washington
  6. Representative Peter Meijer of Michigan 
  7. Representative Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio 
  8. Representative David Valadao of California
  9. And Representative Tom Rice of South Carolina

 Kinzinger could not be reached on Wednesday for additional comment.

Trump is the first president to ever be impeached twice and will now be tried for removal before the U.S. Senate.

Editor-in-Chief Kallie Cox can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @KallieECox.

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