Republican Representatives Meijer, Upton vote to impeach President Trump
The House of Representatives voted 232 to 197, Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for "high crimes and misdemeanors" — specifically, for inciting an insurrection against the federal government at the U.S. Capitol.
Trump has now become the first U.S. president to be impeached twice. Wednesday's vote came a week after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in a chaotic scene that left several people dead.
Ten Republicans broke party ranks to vote in favor of impeachment.
Among those Republicans were Michigan Representatives Peter Meijer (R - MI-3) and Fred Upton (R - MI-6).
Meijer and Upton tweeted earlier today:
The Congress must hold President Trump to account and send a clear message that our country cannot and will not tolerate any effort by any President to impede the peaceful transfer of power from one President to the next. Thus, I will vote to impeach. pic.twitter.com/NqxyoB4ncv— Fred Upton #GetVaccinated (@RepFredUpton) January 13, 2021
President Trump betrayed his oath of office by seeking to undermine our constitutional process, and he bears responsibility for inciting the insurrection we suffered last week. With a heavy heart, I will vote to impeach President Donald J. Trump. pic.twitter.com/SREfFp0nd2— Rep. Peter Meijer (@RepMeijer) January 13, 2021
An impeachment trial will not begin before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on January 20.