Corrections and Clarifications: The Associated Press, citing unidentified sources, reported in January that Constable Brian Sicknick may have been hit in the head by a fire extinguisher. But no official cause of death has been released, and US Capitol Police only said he died “from injuries sustained while on duty.”
As the House prepares to vote on a single article of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday, a first-year Republican congressman has said he could support the effort.
Rep. Peter Meijer, of R-Mich., Told his local TV station Grand Rapids that he was “strongly considering” impeachment this week after Trump supporters stormed and ransacked the U.S. Capitol, interrupting certification by Congress of the results of the presidential election.
“When it comes to impeachment, it’s something that we’re strongly considering at this point. Again, you know there are deadlines and other considerations and additional information that I want to have before I make this affirmative decision, ”Meijer told FOX 17 on Monday.
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Meijer expressed his horror of the Capitol Riot in a Detroit News op-ed, where he warned his fellow Republicans to chart a different course.
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“Blood has been shed and those who encouraged this insurgency are too deep,” Meijer wrote on Saturday. He also argued that Republicans who did not entertain the president’s conspiracy theories, “who refused to curl up, who spoke the truth, suffered the consequences.”
Meijer, who was sworn in Jan. 3, represents Michigan’s 3rd District, which encompasses the city of Grand Rapids and other parts of western Michigan.
He is the successor to former Representative Justin Amash, the former Tea Party Republican who left the party due to Trump’s grip on the conservative movement to join the Libertarian Party. At 33, Meijer is one of the youngest members of the Chamber.
During his interview with FOX 17, Meijer said that a video Trump posted to Twitter was apparently aimed at cracking down on violence on Capitol Hill was “deeply disqualifying.” In the video, Trump repeated false claims of widespread electoral fraud and told the violent crowd “we love you” and “you are very special”, but they needed to “go home.”
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Meijer noted that Trump “said while Officer Sicknick was in hospital on life support after being clubbed with a fire extinguisher,” Meijer said, referring to the death of the U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who was killed by rioters. me who was deeply disqualifying and left him frankly unfit for the job. So I think the best solution would be to resign. “
The Associated Press, citing unidentified sources, reported that Sicknick may have been hit in the head by a fire extinguisher. But no official cause of death has been released, and the United States Capitol Police have only said he died “from injuries sustained while on duty” and provided no further details.
“I have been called a traitor more times than I can count. I’m sorry I didn’t bring my gun to DC, ”Meijer wrote in his op-ed.
Meijer has yet to fully commit to supporting the article of impeachment against Trump, which alleges the president has committed “serious crimes” for “inciting violence against the United States government.”
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Representative Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Also expressed support for the impeachment. First-year Rep. Nancy Mace, RS.C., like Meijer, expressed outrage at the Capitol riot and blamed her fellow Republicans.
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Yet, while Meijer and other Republican colleagues say they could join with House Democrats in impeaching the president, potentially signaling cracks in GOP support for Trump, more than 100 GOP House members have always supported the contestation of the elections by the president after passing the Capitol.
Minority House Leader Kevin McCarthy has spoken out against impeachment.
This story originally appeared on USA TODAY: Peter Meijer, GOP Representative, Considering Impeaching Trump After Capitol Riot