Which Republicans voted against Donald Trump? The GOP representatives and senators in favour of impeachment
Liz Cheney became the highest profile Republican to show support for impeaching Donald Trump, while Mitch McConnell is reportedly “pleased” with impeachment proceedings
And now Republicans publicly and, according to reports, privately, are warming to the the idea of impeaching the president.
Though a vote on impeachment would likely pass through the Democrat-controlled house of representatives with ease, bipartisan support of impeachment is vital if a vote is to have any chance of passing through the Republican-controlled upper house of congress.
But just how many Republicans are in favour of impeaching the president?
House Republicans in favour of impeachment
With the House controlled by the Democrats, the support of republicans wasn’t required, though Wednesday’s vote was the most bipartisan impeachment in history.
Here are the House republicans who voted in favour of impeaching Trump.
Representative John Katko: “It cannot be ignored that President Trump encouraged this insurrection — both on social media ahead of Jan. 6, and in his speech that day… By deliberately promoting baseless theories suggesting the election was somehow stolen, the president created a combustible environment of misinformation, disenfranchisement, and division. When this manifested in violent acts on Jan. 6, he refused to promptly and forcefully call it off, putting countless lives in danger.”
Representative Liz Cheney: “The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the president. The president could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
Representative Adam Kinzinger: “There is no doubt in my mind that the president of the United States broke his oath of office and incited this insurrection,”
“[if his actions] are not worthy of impeachment, then what is an impeachable offense?”
Representative Fred Upton: ““I would have preferred a bipartisan, formal censure rather than a drawn-out impeachment process.
“I fear this will now interfere with important legislative business and a new Biden administration. But it is time to say: Enough is Enough.”
Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler: “I am a Republican voter. I believe in our Constitution, individual liberty, free markets, charity, life, justice, peace and this exceptional country. I see that my own party will be best served when those among us choose truth.”
The following Republican representatives also opted to vote in favour of impeachment: Peter Meijer, Dan Newhouse, Tom Rice, Fred Upton, David Valadao
Senate republicans in favour of impeachment
A two-thirds majority in the Senate will be required in order for Trump to be removed from office.
As of January 13, no Republicans have come forward saying they would definitely vote in favour of removing Trump via impeachment.
Some, however, have hinted at voting in favour of removing the president from office.
Lisa Murkowski: “I want him to resign. I want him out. He has caused enough damage.”
Ben Sasse: "The House, if they come together and have a process, I will definitely consider whatever articles they might move,"
Pat Toomey: “I do think the president committed impeachable offenses.
“I'm not sure it's desirable to attempt to force him out, what, a day or two or three prior to the day on which he’s going to be finished anyway … so I'm not clear that's the best path forward.”
Democrats can also likely rely on the vote of Mitt Romney, who voted in favour of impeaching the president in early 2020.
How many Republicans required to pass impeachment vote in Senate
Assuming all Democrat senators vote in favour of impeachment, 17 GOP senators will be required to vote in favour of impeaching Donald Trump.
For this to occur Mitch McConnell would almost certainly be required to throw his support behind voting in favour of impeachment.