Third GOP Congressman to Vote to Impeach Trump Won’t Be Re-elected

Third GOP congressman to vote to impeach Trump won’t be re-elected: ex-president says ‘another bites the dust’ as New York Rep. John Katko announces he won’t fight for seat in 2022 in Democrat glimmer of hope

  • A third Republican legislator who voted for the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump has announced he is withdrawing from Congress
  • New York Rep. John Katko, 59, said Friday he would not seek a fifth term
  • “Great news, another bite in the dust,” Trump said in a statement. “Katko, from Upstate New York, is gone!”
  • Katko follows Republican delegates Adam Kinzinger and Anthony Gonzalez out the door instead of trying to resist a MAGA-backed challenger










A third Republican legislator who voted in favor of former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment has announced he is stepping out of Congress.

New York Rep. John Katko, 59, said on Friday that he would not aim for a fifth term.

“Great news, another bite in the dust,” Trump said in a statement. “Katko, from Upstate New York, is gone!”

Katko follows Republican delegates Adam Kinzinger and Anthony Gonzalez out the door instead of trying to resist a MAGA-backed challenger.

New York Rep. John Katko, 59, said Friday he would not aim for a fifth term. He is the third Republican to vote in former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, who will retire rather than face a MAGA-backed challenger

Former President Donald Trump responded to Katko's retirement announcement by issuing a statement saying,

Former President Donald Trump responded to Katko’s retirement announcement by issuing a statement saying, “Great news, another bite in the dust. Katko, from Upstate New York, is gone!’

Trump has been on a mission to take out pro-impeachment Republicans.  His first rally in support of the interim races last year, in June in Ohio, was to the district of Gonzalez to officially support his former assistant Max Miller.

Trump has been on a mission to take out pro-impeachment Republicans. His first rally in support of the interim races last year, in June in Ohio, was to the district of Gonzalez to officially support his former assistant Max Miller.

Trump has been on a mission to take out pro-impeachment Republicans. His first rally in support of the interim races last year, in June in Ohio, was to the district of Gonzalez to officially support his former assistant Max Miller.

Ten House Republicans voted to impeach Trump for inciting an uprising on January 6, 2021.

In a statement, Katko said it was time to “enjoy my family and life more fully and more.”

He did not mention Trump in his exit announcement, though he said, “My conscience, principles and commitment to do the right thing have guided every decision I’ve made as a member of Congress, and they guide my decision today. ‘

Katko faced at least one primary challenger.

His district, which surrounds Syracuse, New York, could be a ray of hope for Democrats who already have a strong chance of retaining the House.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a slim majority and historically, the party that holds the White House loses seats in Congress during a president’s first interim term.

In addition to a Trump-backed primary opponent, Katko’s decision could be colored by the fact that his party leadership threw him under the bus last year.

Katko and now January 6 select committee chair, Representative Bennie Thompson, had struck a deal to establish a 9/11-style commission to investigate the attack on the Capitol.

He had been tasked with coming up with a 1/6 commission plan by House minority leader Kevin McCarthy.

But McCarthy later lobbied House Republicans to vote against the 1/6 bill.

Still, 35 Republicans, including Katko, voted for the legislation, who later died in the Senate thanks to the filibuster rules with a 60-vote threshold.

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell had also asked his caucus to vote against.

The current 1/6 select committee was then founded by Pelosi.

Only two Republicans, Kinzinger – who is retiring – and Rep. Liz Cheney, serve on the panel.

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