Wyoming Republican Representative Liz Cheney announced Tuesday afternoon that she would vote to impeach President Trump if the House moved forward with Impeachment. Cheney, daughter of former Republican Vice-President Dick Cheney, is the third-highest ranking GOP member in the House of Representatives behind Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise.
On a conference call with fellow House Republicans Monday evening, Cheney urged them to “vote their conscience”, a signal that House leadership will not pressure them to support the President. House Democrats officially introduced Impeachment Articles on Monday, charging President Trump with “inciting violence against the United States Government”. They also plan to call a vote Tuesday to formally implore Vice-President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from power. He is not expected to comply. If he doesn’t, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has scheduled an Impeachment vote on Wednesday.
While House Democrats push for a speedy Impeachment, Washington D.C. prepares for potential violence during President Joe Biden’s Inauguration on January 20th next week. The National Guard has announced that they will deploy up to 15,000 troops to guard the Capitol starting Wednesday while Impeachment proceedings are being debated and voted on. The FBI has also announced that they have intelligence that armed protests have been scheduled in all 50 states.