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Republican congressman explains his vote for impeachment: 'There must be accountability'

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Rep. Peter Meijer, one of just 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach President Donald Trump, explained his vote Wednesday evening as a step toward "accountability" following the President's response to last week's US Capitol insurrection.

Washington (CNN)Rep. Peter Meijer, one of just 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach President Donald Trump, explained his vote Wednesday evening as a step toward "accountability" following the President's response to last week's US Capitol insurrection.

The House voted 232 to 197 to impeach Trump exactly one week after rioters forced lawmakers to flee from the very chamber in which they cast ballots in the fourth presidential impeachment in US history -- and the first time a president has been impeached twice.

Meijer -- who replaced Justin Amash, the Republican-turned-independent former congressman who supported Trump's first impeachment -- had signaled his support for impeachment earlier in the week, telling CNN's Erin Burnett on "Out Front" that Trump is "no longer qualified to hold that office. "

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