Trump’s impeachment may define the future of a divided Republican party

Trump's impeachment may define the future of a divided Republican party

WASHINGTON – With Wednesday’s impeachment vote, Republicans are on the verge of a landmark decision on whether to punish or protect a president who many say prompted a murderous mob to invade the U.S. Capitol in a bid to overthrow the election result.

The decision could define the party and shape American democracy for generations to come.

Ten House Republicans voted for impeachment, including third member Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who said President Donald Trump “kindled this attack” and accused him of “treason” without precedent of his oath to the Constitution.

Other Republicans who voted for impeachment were John Katko of New York, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Fred Upton of Michigan, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, Dan Newhouse of Washington, Peter Meijer of Michigan, Tom Rice of South Carolina , Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio. and David Valadao from California.

What happens next is not clear. The Senate needs a two-thirds majority to condemn a president, …

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