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GOP lawmaker 'strongly considering' impeachment: Trump is 'no longer qualified to hold that office'

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Michigan GOP Rep. Peter Meijer said Monday evening he is "strongly considering" voting to impeach President Donald Trump following last week's riot at the US Capitol, assessing that the President is "no longer qualified to hold that office."

Washington (CNN)Michigan GOP Rep. Peter Meijer said Monday evening he is "strongly considering" voting to impeach President Donald Trump following last week's riot at the US Capitol, assessing that the President is "no longer qualified to hold that office. "

But at the end of the day, I think it is obvious that the President is no longer qualified to hold that office," Meijer told CNN's Erin Burnett on "Out Front. "

His pointed comments came the same day Democrats formally introduced their impeachment resolution, charging Trump with "incitement of insurrection" as they race toward making him the first president in history to be impeached twice.

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania -- Meijer's public position is a notable break from the majority of House Republicans who are urging Democrats not to pursue impeachment, arguing such a move would be divisive.

McCarthy, citing feedback from members, floated the possibility of "a resolution of censure under the rules of the House," as well as a bipartisan commission to investigate riots, according to the letter.

But Meijer said Monday Trump's response to the Capitol breach amounted to an "abject failure of leadership" and that while some colleagues have told him they are concerned about the timing of the impeachment process, he hasn't heard anyone "arguing the merits. "

Drawing on his personal experience as an Iraq war veteran, Meijer added that he's "deeply" worried about more violence in the coming weeks as the country grapples with "a vacuum of leadership. "

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