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“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 in a statement.

Ms. Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is the congresswoman from Wyoming, the most Republican state in the country.

Liz Cheney has said she will vote to impeach Donald Trump.
Liz Cheney has said she will vote to impeach Donald Trump. (AP)

She has long been considered a very conservative member of the caucus.

Trump won nearly 70 percent of the vote in the state, the smallest in the country by population.

Cheney is the second House Republican to openly announce his support for the impeachment against the president.

The first, John Katko, said he would vote today to impeach Trump.

Republican Congressman John Katko will vote to impeach Donald Trump.
Republican Congressman John Katko will vote to impeach Donald Trump. (AP)

“By deliberately promoting unfounded theories suggesting that the elections were somehow stolen, the president created a combustible environment of disinformation, disenfranchisement and division,” Katko said in her statement.

“When this was manifested in violent events on January 6, he refused to suspend it quickly and forcefully, putting countless lives at risk.”

He also asked Vice President Mike Pence to invoke Amendment 25, a mechanism that allows a cabinet to remove the president by majority vote.

Katko represents a seat in upstate New York that re-elected him at the same time it voted for Joe Biden.

Adam Kinzinger, a Republican of Illinois, has called for Donald Trump to be impeached.
Adam Kinzinger, a Republican of Illinois, has called for Donald Trump to be impeached. (AP)

They were soon joined by Illinois Republican Adam Kinzinger.

“The President of the United States encouraged an angry crowd to storm the United States Capitol to stop the counting of electoral votes,” Kinzinger wrote.

“If these actions – the Article II branch (the president) inciting a deadly insurrection against the Article I branch (Congress) – are not worthy of impeachment, then what is a chargeable crime?”

Meanwhile, half a dozen other Republicans have put their names in a no-confidence resolution against the president.

A censure is a formal reprimand from Congress that has no real consequences.

Donald Trump would be the only president in history to be indicted twice.
Donald Trump would be the only president in history to be indicted twice. (AP)

The House of Representatives is expected to hold a vote soon on the impeachment issue.

Because Democrats control the House, impeachment is expected to pass by a simple majority.

But to remove Trump from office, a two-thirds vote of the Senate is needed.

Half the Senate are Republicans and so far none have openly declared their support for impeachment, although some have called for his resignation.

Trump is slated to step down on January 20, when Biden is sworn in.


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