Republicans Wrestle With Implications Of Impeachment Vote

Ten House Republicans joined Democrats in voting to impeach President Donald Trump for inciting the attack on the U.S. Capitol. It was a sign that some members were unwilling to tie their political fates to the outgoing leader of their party but much of the GOP still stands behind Trump.

The defections represented a significant break among some high-profile members who are looking to distance themselves and their party from Trump as he leaves office.

According to GOP strategist Ford O'Connell, the Republicans betting their political fortunes on Trump losing his influence on the party are making a risky wager.

"Chances are they're probably going to face a primary in 2022. The Republican base is still walking in lockstep with President Trump and going against him comes with costs," O'Connell said.

O'Connell warned that Republicans "have long memories" and that the base of the party will remember the actions taken by the handful of congressmen Wednesday.

Read more from Leandra Bernstein at NBC 15 News

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