Katko becomes first Republican to say he'll vote to impeach Trump

Source: The Hill | January 12, 2021 | Tal Axelrod

Rep. John Katko (N.Y.) became the first Republican lawmaker to say publicly that he will vote to impeach President Trump over his role in inciting a violent mob to storm the Capitol last week.

Katko said in a statement that he intends to join with Democrats Wednesday when they vote to impeach Trump on a single article of “willfully inciting violence against the Government of the United States.”

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“To allow the president of the United States to incite this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy,” Katko said in the statement. “For that reason, I cannot sit by without taking action. I will vote to impeach this president.” 

“It cannot be ignored that President Trump encouraged this insurrection – both on social media ahead of January 6th, and in his speech that day,” Katko added. “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 January 6th, he refused to promptly and forcefully call it off, putting countless lives in danger.”

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