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Republican Congressman Fred Upton says he will vote to impeach President Trump

Posted at 7:19 AM, Jan 13, 2021

(WXYZ) — Michigan Congressman Fred Upton (R- St. Joseph) announced on Twitter Tuesday evening that he will be voting to impeach the president on Wednesday, saying that "Congress must hold President Trump to account and send a clear message."

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This comes after the Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters. Earlier on Tuesday, three Republican members of the House announced they would be voting to impeach Trump following last Wednesday's deadly riots. Those members include Reps. John Katko, R-N.Y., Liz Cheney, R-Wy., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.,

Tuesday evening, the U.S. House voted on a resolution that would call Vice President Pence and the cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment. However, before completion of the vote, Pence released a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stating that he would not invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump.

"I urge you (Pelosi) and every member of Congress to avoid actions that would further divide and inflame the passions of the moment," Pence said in his statement.

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Now an impeachment hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Ahead of that meeting, members of Congress are weighing in on the possible impeachment of Trump, with Michigan Representative Fred Upton saying that he will be voting yes for impeachment.

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"Today the president characterized his inflammatory rhetoric at last Wednesday's rally as 'totally appropriate,' and he expressed no regrets for last week's violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. This sends exactly the wrong signal to those of us who support the very core of our democratic principles and took a solemn oath to the Constitution. I would have preferred a bipartisan, formal censure rather than a drawn-out impeachment process. I fear this will now interfere with important legislative business and a new Biden Administration. But it is time to say: Enough is enough," Upton's statement said in part.