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How John Katko Became First Republican to Support Impeachment

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John Katko

John Katko

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Representative John Katko, a former federal prosecutor from Syracuse, was the first Republican member of Congress to announce he would vote to impeach President Donald Trump.

It was, in many ways, an unexpected development. Katko is not a lawmaker with a reputation for clashing with the president or other members of his own party. He’s the kind of person who gets elected to Congress after a lifetime of public service with the goal of writing laws instead of enforcing them.