The Democrats want to launch a second impeachment trial against the president. Now the first influential Republicans have distanced themselves from Donald Trump.
After storming the Capitol, some influential Republicans distance themselves from the elected US President Donald Trump. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, according to a report in the New York Times, is pleased that the Democrats are seeking a second impeachment trial against Trump. This makes it easier for his party to break away from Trump.
On January 20, he has to hand over office to the new President Joe Biden of the Democrats. Critics accuse Trump of spreading lies about the election results and inciting supporters to storm the Capitol in Washington. Five people died in the riot.
Mitch McConnell: The Senate majority leader is said to have spoken out in favor of impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump. (Source: Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP / dpa)
Clear words came from Liz Cheney, an influential Republican in the House of Representatives and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney: “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States.” She referred to the oath that presidents must swear on the constitution. Trump had fueled the pack to storm parliament. “I will vote to remove the president from office.”
This was announced by other Republicans from the House of Representatives. However, especially in the Senate, the Democrats need Republicans who will vote against Trump there. Trump is said to want to run again in the next election. The impeachment process will therefore also determine its strength within the Republican Party.
US Vice President Mike Pence has meanwhile declined to immediately dismiss Donald Trump. In a letter to the Chairwoman of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, Pence announced that he did not want to apply the 25th Amendment. Pence and the cabinet could have the president declared unfit for office, immediately taking power away from him.