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Third GOP congressman who voted to impeach Trump won’t seek re-election


Third GOP congressman who voted to impeach Trump won’t seek re-election: Ex-President says ‘another one bites the dust’ as New York Rep. John Katko announces he won’t fight for seat in 2022 in sliver of hope for Democrats

  • A third Republican lawmaker who voted in favor of former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment has announced he’s retiring from Congress 
  • New York Rep. John Katko, 59, said Friday that he would not seek a fifth term 
  • ‘Great news, another one bites the dust,’ Trump said in a statement. ‘Katko, from Upstate New York, is gone!’ 
  • Katko follows Republican Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Anthony Gonzalez out the door instead of trying to withstand a MAGA-backed challenger 


A third Republican lawmaker who voted in favor of former President Donald Trump‘s second impeachment has announced he’s retiring from Congress. 

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

‘Great news, another one bites the dust,’ Trump said in a statement. ‘Katko, from Upstate New York, is gone!’

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

New York Rep. John Katko, 59, said Friday that he would not seek a fifth term. He’s the third Republican who voted for former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment who will retire instead of face a MAGA-backed challenger

Former President Donald Trump reacted to Katko's retirement announcement by sending out a statement saying: 'Great news, another one bites the dust. Katko, from Upstate New York, is gone!'

Former President Donald Trump reacted to Katko’s retirement announcement by sending out a statement saying: ‘Great news, another one bites 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 midterm races last year, in Ohio in June, was to Gonzalez's district to officially endorse former aide Max Miller

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

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

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

In a statement, Katko said it was time to ‘enjoy my family and life in a fuller and more present way.’ 

He didn’t mention Trump in his exit announcement, though mentioned, ‘My conscience, principles, and commitment to do what’s right have guided every decision I’ve made as a Member of Congress, and they guide my decision today.’  

Katko was facing at least one primary challenger. 

His district, which surrounds Syracuse, New York, could be one bright spot for Democrats who are already facing long odds that they’ll retain the House.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds a narrow majority and historically the party that holds the White House loses Congressional seats during a president’s first midterm. 

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

Katko and now chairman of the January 6 select committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson, had crafted a deal for the creation of a 9/11-style commission to investigate the Capitol attack. 

He had been tasked to come 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 in favor of the legislation, which later died in the Senate thanks to the 60-vote threshold filibuster rules. 

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

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

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

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