Liz Cheney holds talks with top Democrat Jamie Raskin as she leads at least FIVE Republicans vowing to vote to impeach Trump

 

  • The House voted in favor of a resolution that urges Vice President Mike Pence to use the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office 
  • Democrats were joined by only one Republican, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, in passing the resolution late Tuesday night  
  • Pence, however, sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during early votes on the resolution, saying he would not do it 
  • The House is pursuing this vote first before moving on impeachment Wednesday 
  • Pelosi announced the House's impeachment managers Tuesday night The New York Times reported Tuesday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell believes the time is right to move against the 'lame duck' president
  • Rep. Liz Cheney, a House leader, now backs impeachment, along with Republican Reps. Adam Kinzinger, John Katko and Fred Upton 

  • Two-thirds of the Senate – or 17 Republicans - would have to vote to convict, with the articles expected to pass the Democrat-led House  
  • Trump's Senate trial could overlap with start of President-elect Joe Biden's term 
  • Trump denied responsibility for the riots and defended his comments  
  • The FBI is investigating the massive breach with possible murder, sedition, conspiracy charges coming for rioters 

The ongoing move to impeach Trump is gathering momentum as 5 key Republicans show their support for President Trump’s removal.

In the mail news of yesterday, 13th of January, 2021, it says that Liz Cheney, the third-most senior House Republican was seen talking to Jamie Raskin, one of the Democrats' leading advocates of removing Donald Trump Tuesday, after she said she would vote for impeachment.

Cheney, the Republican Conference Chair, laced into Trump in an explosive statement saying he 'lit the flame' of insurrection, saying: 'There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.'

The decision to back impeachment by Cheney, a member of Republican royalty as the daughter of Dick Cheney, and seen as a future contender for the party's House leadership and the Speaker's chair, means that impeachment on Wednesday will be bipartisan. 

Also joining Cheney in voting for the Democratic-prepared article of impeachment will be Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, John Katko of New York,  Fred Upton of Michigan and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington. The White House was bracing for more.

Cheney's decision, which she detailed in a statement accusing Trump of the 'worst betrayal' by a president of his oath of office, came minutes after Mitch McConnell was revealed to believe that Trump had committed impeachable offenses.

The New York Times' bombshell was still echoing in Washington D.C. when the House started its debate - and as it dragged to a close Tuesday night, Axios reported that McConnell was leaning towards a vote to convict the president and was 'more than 50/50' on it.  

She was seen speaking to Raskin on Tuesday night as he led the Democrats arguing for a resolution urging Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment removing President Donald Trump from power.

The House passed it late Tuesday despite Pence sending a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying he'll refuse. 

In a vote that wrapped up around 11.30pm Tuesday, the House voted 223-205 to approve the resolution, which can't actually force the vice president's hand.  

Then, on Wednesday, the House Democrats will try to impeach Trump for a second time over his role in last Wednesday's Capitol Hill riot. At least five House Republicans are expected join.   

'I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with the Constitution,' Pence said in his letter to Pelosi, refusing to pull the trigger on the 25th. 

'Last week, I did not yield to pressure to exert beyond my constitutional authority to determine the outcome of the election, and I will not now yield to efforts in the House of Representatives to play political games at a time so serious in the life of our Nation,' Pence added. 

Pence's letter came as the House was holding procedural votes on the resolution.   

No Republicans joined on until the final vote - with Rep. Adam Kinzinger joining Democrats in the push to have Pence to use the 25th. 

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