No Republicans In The Senate Have Said That They Would Approve Of Impeachment Proceedings Against Trump Cnn Noted Sen Ron Johnson Of Wisconsin Said That Trump Told Him He Had Withheld Aid Because Of Concerns About Corruption In Ukraine
Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, who is a former Republican but now an Independent, has said that he supports impeachment proceedings, CNN reported.
Bill Weld, who is running against Trump, has said that Trump’s actions amount to treason. Weld ran on the Libertarian ticket in 2016, but he served as the Governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997. He’s not currently in Congress.
So far, Republicans in Congress haven’t specifically stepped out to speak in favor of impeachment. Back in August, this was the same, with no Republicans in Congress supporting impeachment.
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To be clear, he has danced around the topic, saying he’ll wait until hearing the prosecution of the House impeachment managers and the defence mounted by Mr Trump’s legal team surrounding the events of 6 January – when a mob of Trump supporters descended upon the US Capitol and ransacked the building, menacing lawmakers and interrupting their certification of Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
“There’s no question that the article of impeachment that was sent over by the House describes impeachable conduct, but we have not yet heard either from the prosecution or the defence,” Mr Romney said in an interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday.
Do Any Republicans Support Impeachment Of The President Or Said What It Would Take For Them To Support It
Impeaching the president is a among Democrats these days. But Republicans control both houses of Congress, so it seems like a futile endeavor without significant Republican support.
Have any Congressional Republicans so far said they support impeachment, or said what it would take for them to support impeachment, or what they consider impeachable offenses for this president? Additionally, is there any significant support by Republican voters for impeachment, or is this a purely partisan issue by Democrats right now?
ETA: I am asking about this president generally but I am most interested in Republican positions considering the firing of the James Comey, the president’s admission that it was because of the investigation against himself , and the president’s subsequent threat against Comey. And if any of that has had an effect on Republican support for impeachment.
Additionally, is there any significant support by Republican voters for impeachment, or is this a purely partisan issue by Democrats right now?
According to Public Policy Polling , only 8% of self-identified Donald Trump voters think that he should be impeached. 89% think that he should not be impeached. Overall 45% of voters oppose impeachment and 44% support it. Using voting for Trump as an proxy for Republicans, this suggests that it is mostly Democrats who support impeachment.
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Republican Joe Walsh Implores Congressional Gop To Support Trump Impeachment: ‘put Country Over Party’
A former Republican congressman seeking his party’s presidential nomination in 2020 sent a letter to Republicans in the House of Representatives on Thursday, urging them to “put country over party” and push for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Former Representative Joe Walsh, who represented the 8th Congressional District of Illinois from 2011 to 2013, published the letter on his campaign website after sending it to congressional Republicans.
In the letter, Walsh encouraged Republicans in the House to support the impeachment proceedings begun by Nancy Pelosi last month following a whistleblower complaint alleging the president had asked the leader of Ukraine to investigate Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
“President Trump told a foreign leader to dig up dirt on his political opponent,” Walsh wrote in the letter. “This can’t be acceptable to any Member of Congress—Republican, Democrat, or Independent.”
Those in favor of impeachment claim the president’s request of the Ukrainian president amounted to asking a foreign country to meddle in American elections, Walsh wrote. He said he believed his fellow Republicans could not condone this behavior in good conscience.
He concluded his letter by asking the recipients to uphold their oaths and prioritize being faithful Americans over being faithful Republicans.
Gop Support For Impeachment Nearly Doubles After Mueller Testimony While Democrats’ Support Lags
Republican support for impeaching President Donald Trump has nearly doubled since the former special counsel investigating Russian election interference testified before Congress in late July, a new Hill-HarrisX poll has found.
Moreover, Democratic support for impeachment proceedings has slipped slightly during the same period.
In May, 71 percent of Democrats supported beginning impeachment proceedings against Trump, compared with just 67 percent in the poll conducted days after former special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony. This dip is well within the margin of error for Democratic voters of 5.1 percentage points, suggesting that Mueller’s proclamations on Capitol Hill did little to move the needle for Democrats.
On the other hand, while significantly lower, Republican support for impeachment surged from 9 percent in May to 17 percent at the end of July, well outside the margin of error of 5.5 percentage points.
Many independents were similarly moved to the pro-impeachment camp, growing from about a quarter favoring impeachment to more than a third.
Overall, voters are now evenly divided on whether to begin the constitutional process of impeachment, a trend away from the largely impeachment-skeptical U.S. public that surveys in previous months had measured.
“They know that,” Pelosi confirmed at a press conference following the caucus meeting. “That’s never been an issue. People do whatever they do to represent their districts.”
The Dam Is Breaking As Two Dozen House Republicans Are Expected To Support Trumps Impeachment
Donald Trump and his most loyal allies in Congress had one anti-impeachment talking point that they’ve been spouting since last week’s violent insurrection, and it officially went up in flames on Tuesday night.
Over the past week, they repeatedly said that impeaching the president after he incited a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol would be a divisive exercise. They argued that the country should simply run out the clock on Trump‘s term and move on to other business once Joe Biden is sworn in next week.
Folks like Jim Jordan in the House and Lindsey Graham in the Senate suddenly acted like they cared about national unity and urged Democrats not to impeach Trump again.
But with the bombshell news that Mitch McConnell is open to impeachment – as are a growing number of Republicans in the House – the argument that impeachment would be partisan and divisive has officially crumbled to dust.
The dam is officially breaking. This impeachment is bipartisan.
In addition to McConnell thinking Trump committed impeachable offenses, the number three Republican in the House – Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming – announced on Tuesday that she would vote to impeach the president.
“The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame,” Cheney said in a statement. “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
Ten Republicans Join All Democrats In Charging President With Inciting Riot At Us Capitol
WASHINGTON—The House voted to impeach President Trump for an unprecedented second time on Wednesday, alleging he encouraged a mob to storm Congress as part of a last-gasp effort to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s election win.
The vote was 232 to 197, with all Democrats joined by 10 Republicans, in a House chamber protected by National Guard troops stationed throughout the Capitol and its grounds.
Democrats’ push to impeach Mr. Trump just before he is set to leave office reflects many lawmakers’ deep anger at Mr. Trump’s monthslong campaign to challenge the results of the election, making false claims about election fraud and trying to twist the arms of state officials as well as Vice President Mike Pence to stay in power, culminating in his supporters’ violent actions.
“We know that the president of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion, against our country,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. “He must go—he is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”
Republicans, some of whom criticized Mr. Trump’s actions, said Democrats were rushing to impeach because of their longstanding animosity toward the president and would just further divide the country.
Report: 9 Of The 10 Republicans Who Voted To Impeach Trump Facing Primary Challengers
Nine out of the 10 Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump are facing primary challenges for their congressional seats.
Fox News reports that a majority of those who joined Democrats and the media circus during the second impeachment trial are facing a “barrage of pro-Trump primary challengers.”
“Some of them,” like Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger , according to Fox, “may have a very hard time holding on to their seats.”
The former President has vowed to back challengers to any Republicans who voted in favor of impeachment as they gear up for a fight in 2022.
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Gop Leader Mccarthy: Trump ‘bears Responsibility’ For Violence Won’t Vote To Impeach
Some ambitious Republican senators have never been as on board the Trump train as the more feverish GOP members in the House, and the former might be open to convicting Trump. But their ambition cuts two ways — on the one hand, voting to ban Trump opens a lane to carry the Republican mantle in 2024 and be the party’s new standard-bearer, but, on the other, it has the potential to alienate many of the 74 million who voted for Trump, and whose votes they need.
It’s a long shot that Trump would ultimately be convicted, because 17 Republicans would need to join Democrats to get the two-thirds majority needed for a conviction. But it’s growing clearer that a majority of the Senate will vote to convict him, reflecting the number of Americans who are in favor of impeachment, disapproved of the job Trump has done and voted for his opponent in the 2020 presidential election.
Correction Jan. 14, 2021
A previous version of this story incorrectly said Rep. Peter Meijer is a West Point graduate. Meijer attended West Point, but he is a graduate of Columbia University.
With Some Republicans On Board Us House Democrats Press Forward On Impeachment Vote
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WASHINGTON – With at least five Republicans joining their push to impeach President Donald Trump over the storming of the U.S. Capitol, Democrats in the House of Representatives stood poised for a history-making vote to try to remove the president from office.
With eight days remaining in Trump’s term, the House will vote on Wednesday on an article of impeachment accusing the Republican of inciting insurrection in a speech to his followers last week before a mob of them stormed the Capitol, leaving five dead.
That would trigger a trial in the still Republican-controlled Senate, although it was unclear whether enough time or political appetite remained to expel Trump.
Democrats moved forward on an impeachment vote after a effort to persuade Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to remove Trump was rejected by Pence on Tuesday evening.
“I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution,” Pence said in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Despite the letter, the House passed a resolution formally calling on Pence to act. The final vote was 223-205 in favor.
While that was occurring, Trump’s iron grip on his party was showing further signs of slipping as at least four Republicans, including a member of the House leadership, said they would vote for his second impeachment – a prospect no president before Trump has faced.
House Votes To Impeach Trump But Senate Trial Unlikely Before Biden’s Inauguration
9. Rep. John Katko, New York’s 24th: Katko is a moderate from an evenly divided moderate district. A former federal prosecutor, he said of Trump: “It cannot be ignored that President Trump encouraged this insurrection.” He also noted that as the riot was happening, Trump “refused to call it off, putting countless lives in danger.”
10. Rep. David Valadao, California’s 21st: The Southern California congressman represents a majority-Latino district Biden won 54% to 44%. Valadao won election to this seat in 2012 before losing it in 2018 and winning it back in the fall. He’s the rare case of a member of Congress who touts his willingness to work with the other party. Of his vote for impeachment, he said: “President Trump was, without question, a driving force in the catastrophic events that took place on January 6.” He added, “His inciting rhetoric was un-American, abhorrent, and absolutely an impeachable offense.”
Trump Calls For ‘no Violence’ As Congress Moves To Impeach Him For Role In Riot
This time, there will be more. Some Republican senators have called on Trump to resign, and even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he is undecided at this point.
Trump’s impeachment won’t lead to his removal — even if he is convicted — because of the timeline. The Senate is adjourned until Tuesday. The next day, Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president. But there’s another penalty the Constitution allows for as a result of a Senate conviction that could be appealing to some Republican senators — banning Trump from holding “office” again.
While there is some debate as to the definition of “office” in the Constitution and whether that would apply to running for president or even Congress, that kind of public rebuke would send a strong message — that Republicans are ready to move on from Trumpism.
Rep Crow: Majority Of Republicans ‘paralyzed With Fear’ To Vote For Impeachment
And while some allies did defend Trump directly, defending him was far from the center of the GOP argument.
During the first of two rounds of debate on the House’s articles of impeachment, Republicans didn’t even use the full hour allotted to them.
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., who was tasked with leading the first round of debate as the top GOP lawmaker on the Rules Committee, began the Republican program by criticizing the riots, calling the attack “the darkest day during my time of service.”
And when he turned toward his opposition to impeachment, he said that the country needs to unite and that he doesn’t believe impeachment would serve that goal best.
“I can think of no action the House can take that’s more likely to further divide the American people than the action we are contemplating today,” he said.
“We desperately need to seek a path forward, healing for the American people. So it’s unfortunate the path to support healing is not the path the majority has chosen today,” he said. “Instead, the House is moving forward, erratically, with a truncated process.”
Just a half-dozen other Republicans stood to speak in the first round. Some offered other suggestions, such as a commission to investigate the attack, some lamented the violence, some decried the push to impeach as politically motivated, and others voiced frustration with the speed of the process.
But none defended Trump.
Rep Tim Ryan: Probe Underway On Whether Members Gave Capitol Tours To Rioters
7. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Washington’s 3rd: Herrera Beutler was swept in with the Tea Party wave in 2010, but her district is a moderate one. Trump won it 51% to 47%. Herrera Beutler gained prominence several years ago for giving birth to a child three months early, born without kidneys and a rare syndrome. Her daughter, Abigail, became the first to survive the often-fatal condition. The now-mother of three and congresswoman from southwest Washington state declared on the House floor her vote in favor of impeachment: “I’m not choosing sides, I’m choosing truth.”
8. Rep. Peter Meijer, Michigan’s 3rd: Meijer is a freshman, who won his seat with 53% of the vote. He represents a district that was previously held by Justin Amash, the former Republican-turned-independent who voted in favor of Trump’s impeachment in 2019. Meijer, a Columbia University grad who served in Afghanistan, is a social conservative in favor of restrictions on abortion rights and against restrictions on gun rights and religious freedoms. But he said Trump showed no “courage” and “betrayed millions with claims of a ‘stolen election.’ ” He added, “The one man who could have restored order, prevented the deaths of five Americans including a Capitol police officer, and avoided the desecration of our Capitol, shrank from leadership when our country needed it most.”
Mccarthy Calls For Censure Resolution For Trump’s Actions During Capitol Riot
“A vote to impeach would further divide this nation. A vote to impeach will further fan the flames of partisan division. Most Americans want neither inaction or retribution,” McCarthy said. “The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attacks on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.”
But one Republican dismissed his party’s process arguments to announce his support to impeach the president.
“These articles of impeachment are flawed, but I will not use process as an excuse. There is no excuse for President Trump’s actions,” said Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash.
“The president took an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” he said. “Last week, there was a domestic threat at the door of the Capitol, and he did nothing to stop it. That is why, with a heavy heart and clear resolve, I will vote yes.”
Retiring House Republicans May Dump Trump And Support Impeachment Resolution
House Democrats are watching a group of retiring House Republicans who may break with Trump and support the impeachment resolution.
Heidi Przybyla of NBC News reported, “The real question in their minds at this moment is whether they will get any Republican support for this. I can tell you from my sources that the members that they are watching who may be most likely to break, although they have no idea at this moment if it will actually happen, are those retiring Republicans, Republicans like Justin Amash of Michigan, like Will Hurd of Texas, those are the guys, Francis Rooney, for example, of Florida, those are the guys they are watching and they do not expect any Republicans who expect to come back and set foot on that floor in the new congress to vote for this. That’s for a number of reasons, Ari. They may actually get more support, they think, for an actual impeachment vote than this for a number of reasons.”
Any Republican who crosses over and votes for the impeachment resolution will be destroying the Trump argument that impeachment is a “Democrat hoax.” If Republicans cross over, the vote becomes bipartisan and that takes away one of the few Trump talking points that he has left to use to discredit the impeachment process. It doesn’t matter how many Republicans cross over.
It only takes one, and the fact that Democrats don’t know if any Republicans are going to join them is a good sign.
Here Are All Of The House Republicans Who Voted To Impeach Donald Trump
Ten members of the GOP joined with Democrats in the vote.
President Donald Trump impeached for ‘incitement of insurrection’
Unlike his first impeachment in 2019, 10 Republicans joined Democrats to charge Trump for the “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol with a final vote of 232-197.
Some Republicans may have feared for their own safety if they voted for impeachment, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, one of those who voted against Trump, said. Kinzinger told ABC’s “Powerhouse Politics” podcast that some members of his party are likely holding back from voting for impeachment due to fear of highlighting their own participation in supporting the president’s false claims of election fraud.
Democrat Jason Crow, of Colorado, relayed similar thoughts in an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday morning.
“I had a lot of conversations with my Republican colleagues last night, and a couple of them broke down in tears talking to me and saying that they are afraid for their lives if they vote for this impeachment,” he said.
Here is a list of the 10 Republicans who took a stance against Trump:
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.“It’s not going to be some ‘Kumbaya moment’ on the floor — it’s going to be an awakening by the American people to hold their leaders accountable to their rhetoric,”
Trump Impeachment: Several Republicans To Join Democrats In House Vote
The US House of Representatives is deciding whether to impeach President Donald Trump over his role in last week’s storming of Congress.
Democrats accuse the president of encouraging his supporters to attack the Capitol building. Five people died.
Some in Mr Trump’s Republican party say they will join Democrats to impeach him on Wednesday, formally charging the president with inciting insurrection.
President Trump has rejected any responsibility for the violence.
The riot last Wednesday happened after Mr Trump told supporters at a rally in Washington DC to “fight like hell” against the result of November’s election.
As the House continued its debate, Mr Trump responded to the latest reports of planned protests, urging calm.
“I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind,” he said in statement released by the White House.
“That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for.
“I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers. Thank You.”
More Than 150 House Democrats Support Starting An Impeachment Process
In total, 145 Democrats have backed impeachment as of Monday night, The Washington Post reported. That number is in the 150s as of Tuesday morning. However, some Democrats believe that some Republicans also need to get on board before impeachment can proceed.
Seven freshman Democrats wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post saying that impeachment is necessary if the allegations are true. These were all in the House. They are:
- Rep. Gil Cisneros of California
- Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado
- Rep. Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania
- Rep. Elaine Luria of Virginia
- Rep. Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey
- Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan
- Rep. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia
In addition, the following Democratic House members have recently publicly supported calls for impeachment:
- Rep. Dean Phillips
- Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro
- Rep. Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee Chairman, said impeachment “may be the only remedy” if the Ukraine reports are true
- Rep. Brad Sherman
If all 435 House members vote, they would need 218 votes for a majority to be reached and for Trump to be impeached. There are 235 Democrats in office in the House, one Independent, and 199 Republicans.
NBC News counted a total of 134 Democrats who said they would support starting an impeachment inquiry process back in May. Now after the Ukraine news, CNN notes there are 151 Democrats calling for impeachment inquiries. Here’s the full list below. The names with asterisks next to them also called for impeachment in May.
House Impeaches Trump A 2nd Time Citing Insurrection At Us Capitol
This vote could expose some of them to potential primary challenges from the right as well as possible safety threats, but for all of them Trump had simply gone too far. Multiple House Republicans said threats toward them and their families were factors weighing on their decisions on whether to impeach this president.
Ten out of 211 Republicans in the House is hardly an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, and clearly, most Republicans’ sympathies still lie with Trump — and his ardent base of followers. But the 10 represent something significant — the most members of a president’s party to vote for his impeachment in U.S. history.
Rep Hoyer: Republicans I’ve Talked To Say This Action Is Required
Republican Support For Trump On Decline Ahead Of Impeachment Vote
Republicans offered only modest reproach when President Donald Trump said there were “very fine people” on both sides of a white supremacist rally. They stayed in line when Trump was caught pressuring a foreign leader and later defended his handling of a deadly pandemic.
But with a sudden force, the wall of Republican support that has enabled Trump to weather a seemingly endless series of crises is beginning to erode.
Trump’s weakened standing among his own party will come into sharper focus on Wednesday when the House is expected to impeach the president for inciting a riot at the U.S. Capitol last week. A handful of Republicans have already said they’ll join the effort, a number that could grow as the vote nears.
The choice facing Republicans isn’t just about the immediate fate of Trump, who has just seven days left in his presidency. It’s about whether the party’s elected leaders are ready to move on from Trump, who remains popular with many GOP voters but is now toxic in much of Washington.
How they proceed could determine whether the party remains viable in upcoming elections or splinters in a way that could limit their relevance.
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy blamed Trump for the attack on the U.S. Capitol last week after arguing against the president’s impeachment on Wednesday.
House Hands Trump A Second Impeachment This Time With Gop Support
The House made history Wednesday by impeaching a president for a second time, indicting President Trump a week before he leaves office for inciting a riot with false claims of a stolen election that led to the storming of the Capitol and five deaths.
Unlike Trump’s first impeachment, which proceeded with almost no GOP support, Wednesday’s effort attracted 10 Republicans, including Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 party leader in the House. The Senate now appears likely to hold a trial after Trump’s departure, an unprecedented scenario that could end with lawmakers barring him from holding the presidency again.
The final vote was 232 to 197.
One of the final dramas of a tumultuous presidency, the impeachment unfolded against the backdrop of near-chaos in the House and uncertainty about where Trump’s exit leaves the GOP. Democrats and Republicans exchanged accusations and name-calling throughout the day, while Trump loyalists were livid at fellow Republicans who broke ranks — especially Cheney — leaving the party’s leadership shaken.
McCarthy for the first time publicly endorsed a censure for Trump, but the call came too late to serve as an effective alternative to impeachment.
“He must go,” Pelosi said. “He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”
The focus will now turn to how the trial will unfold in the Senate, which has never before held an impeachment trial for a former president.
One Voted Last Week Against Certifying Electoral College Results
Ten Republicans voted Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump, exactly one week after a violent attack on the Capitol by the president’s supporters.
The Democrat-led House voted 232-197 to approve one article of impeachment against Trump, charging the president with “incitement of insurrection.”
The GOP lawmakers who voted to impeach the president from their own party included Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-highest-ranking Republican in the House. Cheney’s vote has prompted House Republicans to call on her to step down as conference chairwoman.
While many in the group have a history of breaking with their party, the “yes” votes included several with a strong record of supporting Trump and one, South Carolina Rep. Tom Rice, who voted last week against certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory in two states.
Most Republicans in the House opposed impeachment, with many arguing the hurried process would further divide the country. But for these 10 Republicans who supported impeachment, the fact that Trump incited the riot at the Capitol was indisputable.
Four Republicans did not vote on impeachment, including Texas Rep. Kay Granger, who recently tested positive for COVID-19. The others were Reps. Andy Harris of Maryland, Greg Murphy of North Carolina and Daniel Webster of Florida.
Here are the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump:
Top House Republican Says Party Won’t Support Trump Impeachment
Democratic House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her Senate Minority Leader colleague Chuck Schumer have threatened to begin impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, accusing him of “sedition” and blasting the Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on Wednesday as “rioters, insurrectionists” and “thugs.”
Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has said that his party will not support President Trump’s impeachment, and has promised to speak to President-elect Joe Biden about how to “lower the temperature” of the political debate and “unite the country to solve America’s challenges.”
“Our country is not just divided. We are deeply hurt. The task ahead for the next Congress and incoming Biden Administration couldn’t be more momentous. But to deliver a better America for all, partisans of all stripes first must unite as Americans and show our country that a peaceful transition of power has occurred. Impeaching the President with just 12 days left in his term will only divide our country more,” McCarthy said in a statement posted to Twitter.
Impeaching the President with just 12 days left will only divide our country more. I’ve reached out to President-elect Biden today & plan to speak to him about how we must work together to lower the temperature & unite the country to solve America’s challenges.My full statement pic.twitter.com/EkkmOAkb7i
— Kevin McCarthy January 8, 2021