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Illinois politicians voice support for Trump’s impeachment

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SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ representatives and senators are making their opinions clear about Trump’s second impeachment.

They, largely, fall on party lines. Except for U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) is the only Illinois Republican and one of a growing number of Republicans saying that they will vote for impeachment.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the President of the United States broke his oath of office and incited this insurrection,” Kinzinger said in a press release on Tuesday. “He used his position in the Executive to attack the Legislative. So in assessing the articles of impeachment brought before the House, I must consider: if these actions–the Article II branch inciting a deadly insurrection against the Article I branch–are not worthy of impeachment, then what is an impeachable offense?”

The only other state Republican to put out any statements is freshman U.S. Rep. Mary Miller (R-Oakland), who said she would oppose impeachment and that it would cause more division.

“President Trump will leave behind a legacy filled with remarkable achievements, including the protection of the unborn, creation of the world’s greatest economy, the restoration of American manufacturing, historic deregulation, secure borders, the negotiation of fair and balanced trade deals along with promoting peace around the world,” Miller said in her own release. “I will oppose any articles set forth to impeach our President and pray for the immediate peace we need.”

Illinois Democrats, on the other hand, are supporting impeachment. Two representatives, Sean Casten (D-Downers Grove) and Bill Foster (D-Naperville) were among those sponsoring articles of impeachment.

“The President’s encouragement of the insurrection and his intended disruption of our Constitutional duty to count the certified Electoral College ballots is a direct threat to our rule of law, national security, and democracy,” Casten said in announcing his filing. “His willingness to incite, and potentially facilitate, violence against a coequal branch of government are as much a mortal threat to our constitutional republic as they are a violation of our nation’s laws.”

Jesús “Chuy” García (D-Chicago) condemned last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol and blamed Trump for inciting it, declaring he would vote for impeachment. He also called for an investigation on all elected officials who aided or abetted the insurrection.

“Congress must remove Trump from the White House and rebuke him in the strongest possible terms,” Garcia said. “Insurrection must be condemned, and the precedent must be set that any and all who instigate such acts against democracy will be brought to justice.” 

Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) last week, one day after the insurrection, called for Trump to be removed from office, either by the 25th amendment or by impeachment.

Lauren Underwood (D-Naperville) also added her voice to those calling for Trump’s removal.

“By his own admission, he sought to overturn an election and the will of the American people,” she said. “Our democracy is at stake and we cannot wait until Inauguration Day to see him removed from office—it must be immediate.”

Mike Quigley (D-Chicago) does support impeachment, his office said via email.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) didn’t mince words about his own opinion.

“The Vice President should immediately invoke the 25th Amendment,” Durbin said on his Facebook page. “If the Vice President and the Cabinet refuse to do their duty, Congress should reconvene to impeach the President. Period.”

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