Update (1635ET): The House has now voted to impeach President Trump for allegedly inciting last week’s riot on Capitol Hill by a margin of 232-197.
- ️ Democrats: 222-0
- ➡️ Republicans: 10-197
Ten Republicans broke ranks and voted for impeachment:
- Rep. Liz Cheney (WY)
- Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA)
- Representative John Katko (NY)
- Representative Adam Kinzinger (IL)
- Representative Fred Upton (MI)
- Representative Dan Newhouse (WA)
- Representative Peter Meijer (MI)
- Representative Anthony Gonzalez (OH)
- Rep. Tom Rice (SC) and
- Rep. David Valadao (CA).
President Trump is now the first president to be impeached twice.
Is it a smile under Pelosi’s mask?
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Here's the moment: Donald Trump is officially the first president to be impeached twice.<br><br>Trump now accounts for two of the nation’s four impeachments.<a href="https://t.co/uC1597jVug">pic.twitter.com/uC1597jVug</a></p>— The Recount (@therecount) <a href="https://twitter.com/therecount/status/1349471958606499842?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 13, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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Update (1545ET): After several hours of withering, the House finally votes to dismiss President Trump.
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Update (1357ET): The following GOP lawmakers have announced they will vote for Trump’s impeachment:
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) – Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) – Rep. John Katko (R-NY) – Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) – Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) – Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA)
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House Democrats lead the charge in a vote Wednesday to impeach President Trump on a count of incitement to insurgency, after protesters were allowed to enter the U.S. Capitol building last week by a open door – walk calmly inside before taking selfies and ransacking lawmakers’ offices.
The impeachment article accuses Trump of “willfully inciting violence against the government of the United States” in violation of his oath and duty. Once passed, which we predict, Trump will be the first U.S. president in history to be impeached twice.
The floor debate began shortly after 9 a.m. ET, with a vote scheduled for mid-afternoon, according to House Rules Speaker Jim McGovern. Members will vote in groups in stages on House floors due to the coronavirus, while some will vote by proxy.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on Tuesday the impeachment article would be sent to the Senate quickly, which would then hold a trial – as opposed to keep it for up to 100 days to give the Biden administration time to get to work without the theater of indictment not defeating their agenda.
“The timing has been imposed on us by the actions of the President of the United States. The fact that he is leaving shouldn’t deter us from responsibility for behavior that many of us consider to be treasonable and criminal behavior, ”Hoyer said. MSNBC.
More via Bloomberg:
The timing could complicate Biden’s efforts to gain Senate approval from cabinet officials, as lawmakers would be busy with an impeachment trial.
But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has raised the possibility of invoking an emergency session law of 2004 to call a trial this week, although such a ruling would require the consent of the majority leader, Mitch McConnell.
Whether or not he is convicted in the Senate, a second indictment would further stain a presidency that has resulted in a frightening assault on the historic center of American democracy. It has also opened cracks within the Republican Party which portends a power struggle over its future.
The New York Times reported that McConnell had told his associates he was privately happy with the impeachment, believing it would facilitate the party’s purge of Trump’s influence.
Many Republicans, however, have argued that Trump’s impeachment will only deepen divisions in the country.
South Carolina Representative Nancy Mace, elected in November, said impeachment “throws gasoline on the fire.”
“Both sides need to take a break and take a deep breath,” Mace told reporters on Capitol Hill. “We have to have a peaceful transition of power and start over.”
Mace was not among the 138 Republicans who voted Jan.6 to reject Biden’s Electoral College victory in at least one state, even after mobs seeking to overturn the election stormed the building. Many of them also pleaded for unity.
Owen is joined by crew member Sam, who has gathered new information about the agitators wreaking havoc in the capital.
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