MSNBC 13 Jan 2021

Rep. Crow: Majority Of Republicans 'Paralyzed With Fear' To Vote For Impeachment


Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) says that in his conversations with his Republican colleagues last night "a couple of them broke down in tears ... saying that they are afraid for their lives if they vote for this impeachment." Aired on 1/13/2021.

The third highest-ranking member of Congress, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, announces she will vote to impeach President Trump due to his incitement of the insurrection at the Capitol, saying he "lit the flame of this attack.". Aired on 01/12/2021.
At least six Republican House members, including the No. 3 House GOP leader are expected to vote to impeach President Donald Trump over the deadly insurrection at the Capitol. (Jan. 13)

The break in the Republican party is in sharp contrast to unanimous support for Trump among Republicans when he was impeached by Democrats in December 2019.

Rep. Dan. Newhouse of Washington added his name to the list of GOP members supporting impeachment, saying on the House floor the articles of impeachment are flawed, but he will not use process as an excuse to vote no.

"There is no excuse for President Trump's actions," said Newhouse, becoming the sixth Republican lawmaker going on record in support of the effort.

Newhouse says the president took an oath to defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.

"Last week, there was a domestic threat at the door of the Capitol and he did nothing to stop it," Newhouse said. "That is why with a heavy heart and clear resolve, I will vote yes on these articles of impeachment."

Newhouse received an ovation and was soon joined on the floor by another member of Washington's congressional delegation, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who has also said she will vote to impeach the president.

"I am not choosing a side," she said. "I'm choosing truth."
During a debate in the House of Representative over the motion to impeach President Donald Trump a second time, Republican Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) explained why he will break with his party and vote to impeach the President.
NBC's Sahil Kapur reports on how Democrats in COngress are grappling with how to move forward with impeachment proceedings against President Trump without hindering President-elect Biden's agenda. Aired on 01/12/2021.

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