Gonzalez said he weighed Trump’s efforts to overturn the election after the Electoral College certification in December and the “Stop the Steal” rally, as well as his comments and his actions — or inaction — when the Capitol was being attacked.

“I consider it an unconstitutional attempt by a sitting president to overthrow an election and re-install himself as president,” Gonzalez said. “That’s the sort of thing that happens in Third World countries. That’s the sort of thing that we, all Americans, should passionately object to.”

If anything pushed him firmly into the pro-impeachment camp, it was Trump’s conduct once the assault began. Trump, he said, had a responsibility to end the violence “as quickly as humanly possible.” Instead, it took hours “before we got any kind of response from the president to calm the situation down.”