Three House Representatives have broken ranks with the Republican Party and have publicly stated that they will support a vote for the impeachment of Donald Trump.
Following last week’s Capitol Riots, the American sentiment for Donald Trump has plummeted and the remaining support the President within the GOP is starting to splinter, with the third most senior House Republican, Liz Cheney, who said she would support a Trump impeachment vote.
“There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” Cheney said, according to BBC. “[Trump] summoned this mob, assembled the mob, lit the flame of this attack”.
Trump will be the only President in US history to be impeached twice. It also follows a house resolution calling on Vice-President Mike Pence to help oust Mr Trump using the 25th Amendment. Section 4 of the amendment would allow the cabinet to remove the president if he is deemed unable to discharge his duties.
In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Mr Pence said: “Under our Constitution, the 25th Amendment is not a means of punishment or usurpation.
“Invoking the 25th Amendment in such a manner would set a terrible precedent.”
Meanwhile Trump, himself, has defended the comments that he made ahead of the riots that have been construed as an incitement of violence.
“What I said was totally appropriate,” Mr Trump said ahead of a trip to the US-Mexico border wall in Texas. “I want no violence.”
“This impeachment is causing tremendous anger, and you’re doing it, and it’s really a terrible thing that they’re doing,” Trump continued. He added that the “real problem” was rhetoric used by Black Lives Matter protesters in violent protests for racial justice that erupted in the wake of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of the police last year.