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Republican Lawmaker Who Voted to Impeach Trump Will Not Seek Re-Election


FILE - Congressman Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois, speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, May 12, 2021.

U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger, one of the few Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump, said Friday he would not seek re-election in 2022.

The Illinois congressman, who also bucked party leadership by joining a House of Representatives panel investigating the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot lamented national divisions in announcing his exit.

"I cannot focus on both a re-election to Congress and a broader fight nationwide," Kinzinger said in a video posted on Twitter.

Kinzinger was the latest Republican lawmaker to decide not to seek re-election after 10 House Republicans joined Democrats in voting to impeach the Republican president for inciting supports in the deadly January 6 assault on the Capitol. Trump, the first president in history to be impeached twice, was subsequently acquitted by the U.S. Senate.

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