Katko says he will vote to impeach Trump, Reed introduces resolution to censure Trump

Updated: January 12, 2021 11:09 PM
Created: January 12, 2021 05:52 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rep. John Katko (R, NY-24) tweeted an announcement Tuesday night saying that he would vote to impeach President Donald Trump, meanwhile, Rep. Tom Reed (R, NY-23) introduced a resolution to censure the president.

Trump is facing one charge, "incitement of insurrection" in connection to the riot at the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6 that led to five deaths, including a Capitol Police Officer.

In his statement, Katko said, in part:

“To allow the President of the United States to incite this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy.  For that reason, I cannot sit by without taking action. I will vote to impeach this President.
“The divide in our country is more clear than ever before.  I hear my Republican colleagues in their argument that impeachment only further divides our country at a time when we must move forward.  I agree.  There must be a continuance of government and a peaceful transition of power.  But I also believe firmly that I must follow the law and the facts and hold this President accountable for his actions.
“Finally, ahead of tomorrow’s vote on impeachment, the House will this evening consider a non-binding resolution requesting that the Vice President invoke the 25th amendment to remove this President.  Vice President Pence has made clear he will not do this, and believes elected representatives should be tasked with this effort, not acting and remaining cabinet members. Accordingly, I will not support this effort.”

The House is expected to vote on the Articles of Impeachment as early as Wednesday.

Katko was the first of three Republicans who, as of Tuesday night, said they would vote to impeach Trump. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R, IL-16) are the other two.

Reed was one of several Congressmen from both political parties who introduced a resolution Tuesday to censure the president for "attempting to unlawfully overturn the 2020 Presidential election and for violating his oath of office on January 6th, 2021."

A press release from Reed's office says the censure is anticipation of a second acquittal from the Senate.

"Because of these concerns, my colleagues and I support a bipartisan, bicameral censure that ensures that the Congress—the House and the Senate—can unite to hold the President accountable by putting it on the record that Congress condemns the President’s conduct and for violating his oath of office on January 6th, 2021," the release reads.

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