WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWNY) - Syracuse-area congressman John Katko said late Tuesday afternoon that he will vote to impeach President Trump.
Katko became the first Republican member of congress to say definitively he will vote to impeach, though several other Republicans are expected to support impeachment when the vote is taken Wednesday.
In a statement, Katko said “It cannot be ignored that President Trump encouraged this insurrection - both on social media ahead of January 6th, and in his speech that day.
“By deliberately promoting baseless theories suggesting the election was somehow stolen, the president created a combustible environment of misinformation, disenfranchisement, and division. When this manifested in violent acts on January 6th, he refused to promptly and forcefully call it off, putting countless lives in danger.”
“To allow the president of the United States to incite this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy.”
“For that reason, I cannot sit by without taking action. I will vote to impeach this president.”
Katko is a former federal prosecutor.
In his statement, Katko acknowledged other Republicans, who have said impeachment will further divide the country.
“There must be a continuance of government and a peaceful transition of power,” he wrote.
“But I also believe firmly that I must follow the law and the facts and hold this President accountable for his actions.”