EUGENE, Ore. – As Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives moved to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time Wednesday, Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden said support for the effort is growing quickly, even among some Republicans.
In an interview Wednesday morning, Wyden called the insurrection at the capitol an incident of domestic terrorism.
“This is about accountability,” Wyden said, calling the insurrection a “textbook definition of domestic terrorism.”
Wyden said Trump repeatedly incited supporters to engage in acts of violence.
Trump has denied responsibility for the riot and instead leaned on a familiar refrain.
“The impeachment hoax is a continuation of the greatest and most vicious witch hunt in the history of our country, and is causing tremendous anger and division and pain,” Trump said.
Multiple House Republicans think otherwise and have expressed an intent to vote for impeachment.
Wyden said he expects the number of Republicans supporting the impeachment article to increase.
“If there is the kind of momentum we’ve seen -- even in the last 12 hours -- where Republicans who strongly supported Donald Trump have just said they believe they’ve been totally betrayed, I’ll think we’ll see Republican support grow through the congress,” Wyden said.
Wyden shied away from saying whether he believes enough Senate Republicans could cross the aisle to convict the president in a potential trial.
“I believe what we’re seeing in the House is starting to be a groundswell,” Wyden said.
Democratic House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the article of impeachment will not be held back from the Senate, as Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell is privately signaling his support for the president's removal from office. Wyden said he expects Congress to move “expeditiously” on the impeachment process.