Trump plotting revenge on 10 Republicans who impeached him, inquires who they will face in re-election: Report
While 10 Republicans voted for Trump to be impeached, those who didn't support Trump's action such as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy apparently called for a 'less-severe censure'
President Donald Trump made history by becoming the only American President to be impeached twice on Wednesday, January 13. Among the Democrats who voted for Trump to be impeached, there were also — what The New York Post called — "breakaway Republicans" who voted for the same. In a January 15 article by The Wall Street Journal, it seems that the president “wanted to know who the lawmakers were and whether he had ever done anything for them”.
It further revealed that he had also "inquired" about who will be running against them during re-election coming up in two years. Trump was impeached for inciting an insurrection on January 6 when the Capitol Hill building was breached by Trump supporters leading to more than just government property damage. It also had five fatalities. According to the New York Post, Trump will be a "powerful figure among Republicans" even after he leaves office on January 20.
Who voted for impeachment?
The 10 Republicans who voted for Trump's impeachment include John Katko of New York, Elizabeth Cheney, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Fred Upton of Michigan, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, Dan Newhouse of Washington, Peter Meijer of Michigan, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, Tom Rice of South Carolina and David Valadao of California.
While 10 Republicans voted for Trump to be impeached, Republicans who didn't support Trump's action such as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy apparently called for a "less-severe censure". As for Trump's impeachment trial, there are no confirmatory details on when it will take place.
It has been reported that the outgoing president doesn't have lawyers to represent him at the Senate trial as of now. Not to mention, he will also be the first ex-president to be on trial for impeachment.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the president had "feared" that more Republicans would have voted for impeachment, and according to aides, he has also become "increasingly concerned with defections against him within his own party."
The attorneys that had defended Trump last time along with White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, have apparently "made clear to associates" that they will not be serving on the president's team. Presently enough, Trump's impeachment in 2019 saw not even one Republican vote in favor.
With Joe Biden set to become the 46th president of the United States, the county will also see the first month of Biden's presidency be one-upped with news from Trump's Senate trial. If Trump is convicted he can't become president for another term.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to The New York Post said "I believe it will best serve our nation if Congress and the executive branch spend the next seven days completely focused on facilitating a safe inauguration and an orderly transfer of power to the incoming Biden Administration," in a statement.
He added, “I am grateful to the offices and institutions within the Capitol that are working around the clock, alongside federal and local law enforcement, to prepare for a safe and successful inauguration at the Capitol next Wednesday."