U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, the third-highest ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, has said she will vote to impeach President Donald Trump.
She cited last week's deadly mob attack on the U.S. Capitol and Trump's role in inciting the insurgency as prompting her to want to hold the president accountable, according to a Tuesday afternoon press release.
"On Jan. 6, 2021, a violent mob attacked the United States Capitol to obstruct the process of our democracy and stop the counting of presidential electoral votes," Cheney says in the statement. "This insurrection caused injury, death and destruction in the most sacred space of our Republic."
She said that while there are investigations underway to determine just what happened and how it happened, "what we know now is enough" to warrant impeachment.
"The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack," Cheney said. "Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President."
She also noted Trump's failure to do all he could to quell the riot after it began.
"The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not," Cheney said. "There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution."
She concludes by saying that, "I will vote to impeach the President."
Before last week's Capitol unrest, Cheney criticized the president for a telephone call he made to Georgia's top election official, urging the official to "find" more votes for him to discredit that state's results, which were in favor of President-Elect Joe Biden.
Cheney said the call was "deeply troubling."