Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.), a freshman who replaced Rep. Justin Amash, the only Republican (turned independent) to back impeaching Trump the last time around, has said that he’s “strongly considering” voting to impeach Trump.
“When it comes to impeachment, it’s something we’re strongly considering at this point,” he said during a local TV interview. “There are timelines and additional considerations and additional information that I want to have before making that decision affirmatively.”
“But what we saw on Wednesday left the president unfit for office,” Meijer added.
Meijer wrote an op-ed for the Detroit News over the weekend describing the attack and encouraging Republicans to reflect on what kind of party they want to be.
“Worse yet, while a dead woman’s blood dried mere feet from our chamber, other Republican colleagues doubled down, repeating lies of a stolen election, baselessly deflecting blame for the Capitol assault from Trump loyalists to Antifa, doing whatever they could to justify, equivocate, rationalize or otherwise avoid taking responsibility for the consequences of their actions,” Meijer wrote.
The Democrats have the votes to impeach Trump this week without any Republican votes, but it would convey a stronger message if the impeachment garnered some bipartisanship support.
Another GOP critic of Trump, Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, wants Trump to resign or be removed by the 25th Amendment but said he didn’t think impeachment was the best approach. Still, he said he’d “vote the right way” when the articles come to the floor.