While Trump’s first impeachment in 2019 brought no Republican votes in the House, at least six House Republicans are breaking with the party to join Democrats this time, saying Trump violated his oath to protect and defend US democracy.
Among them is Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-ranking Republican in the House and the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Rep. Dan Newhouse of Washington adds his name to that list.
Republican Rep. Dan Newhouse announces on the House floor that he'll vote to impeach President Trump, becoming the sixth GOP member to say he plans to do so https://t.co/RE40AfIWlN pic.twitter.com/nBZgirpCs8
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He says on the House floor that the article of impeachment is flawed, but he will not use process as an excuse to vote no.
He says, “There is no excuse for President Trump’s actions.”
Newhouse says the president took an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. Yet he says when there was a “domestic threat at the door of the Capitol,” the president “did nothing to stop it.”
He says he will vote for impeachment “with a heavy heart and clear resolve.”