Ten Republicans voting to impeach a president of their own party made it the most bipartisan impeachment in American history.
When 222 Democrats voted to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time, 10 Republicans joined them, in a marked departure from Trump’s first impeachment and 240-plus years of American history.
The House of Representatives on Wednesday impeached Trump for “incitement of insurrection” in a 232-197 vote.
Two first-term GOP members of Congress, both of whom were sworn into office just this month, voted in favor of impeachment.
Here are the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump:
1) Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY)
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The third-highest ranking Republican in the House, the daughter of Dick Cheney was the first House Republican to announce she would impeach Trump in a statement on Tuesday evening. “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” she said.
She was singled out by the president for not supporting efforts to overturn the election results at the “Stop the Steal” rally on January 6 where Trump asked his supporters to march on the Capitol, which quickly devolved into a violent riot where five people died.
2) Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)
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The lawmaker from Illinois said he was “in total peace” after casting his vote to impeach Trump.
3) Rep. John Katko (R-NY)
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4) Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
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5) Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
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In her statement supporting impeachment, Rep. Herrera Beutler slammed Trump for inciting the violence and then giving a “pathetic denouncement” of it hours later on January 6. She noted that in the same message, he told the rioters, “I love you” and “you are special.” (Editor’s note: The president said “We love you” in his first video statement addressing supporters after the attack.)
6) Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA)
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Rep. Newhouse announced during the floor debate Wednesday afternoon that he would become the sixth Republican to vote in favor of impeaching Trump, earning a spontaneous round of applause.
7) Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI)
In office since 2021
8) Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC)
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The Charleston Post and Courier called Rice’s surprise vote to impeach Trump a “stunner” and said it was “a move destined to spark outrage in his home district where support for Trump runs high and to the extreme.” Similarly, reporter Emma Dumain tweeted, “I covered the South Carolina delegation for nearly four and a half years and I am STUNNED by @TomRiceSC7’s decision to vote for impeachment today. Over the years he has been a GOP team player, jumped aboard the Trump Train and has a VERY Trump-loving district.”
Rice said in a statement: “I have backed this president through thick and thin for four years. I campaigned for him and voted for him twice. But, this utter failure is inexcusable.” The representative condemned the violence at the Capitol and added, “The president has not addressed the nation to ask for calm. He has not visited the injured and grieving. He has not offered condolences. Yesterday, in a press briefing at the border, he said his comments were ‘perfectly appropriate.’”
Tim Miller, Republican strategist and writer at The Bulwark, noted that Rice was “pro-electoral coup but anti-violent coup,” referring to Rice’s support in overturning the election results.
9) Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH)
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10) Rep. David Valadao (R-CA)
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Rep. Valadao formally took his newly won seat in the House just one day before the impeachment proceeding, after missing the official swearing-in on January 3 due to a COVID-19 diagnosis.
It’s worth noting 197 Republicans in the House still voted against impeaching Trump. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy used his speech to denounce conspiracy theories that Republicans perpetuated about Antifa being behind the riot while also laying blame for the violence squarely at the feet of Trump, but he did not vote to impeach him.
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