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Subject WALKAWAY: President Donald Trump’s impeachment firewall has begun to crack. Republicans begin turning on him.
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Original Message President Donald Trump’s impeachment firewall has begun to crack.

A day before the House is set to charge Trump with ‘willful incitement of insurrection’ — the gravest allegation ever lodged against a sitting president — fissures in the Republican Party threatened to transform the vote into a resounding bipartisan rebuke.

Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, punctuated the defections Tuesday night with a statement announcing her support for impeachment and accusing Trump of being singularly responsible for the mob that led a deadly and destructive march to the Capitol last week.

“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. “The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack.”

In another significant turn of events, the top two congressional Republicans — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy — have privately signaled they too are furious and open to punishing Trump in some way for his role inciting the violence that led to five deaths, including one police officer.

McConnell has indicated Trump’s actions qualify him for removal from office, according to a source familiar with his thinking. McCarthy, perhaps Trump’s most loyal ally on the Hill, has privately said he remains opposed to impeachment but has asked GOP lawmakers whether he should pressure the president to resign, according to a Republican lawmaker.

Cheney wasn’t alone Tuesday. Reps. John Katko of New York and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois also signaled their support for impeachment Tuesday afternoon. And several other Republicans have indicated they’re leaning toward joining with Democrats, according to GOP sources.

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