WASHINGTON (AP) – With the House set for impeachment, President Donald Trump is accusing Democratic congressional enemies of “tremendous anger” in the country and after a deadly attack by his supporters on the Capitol last week Urged to carry on his way.
In his first remarks to reporters since last week’s attack, the president claimed no responsibility Tuesday for the deadly mob invasion of the building, but also said he “did not want any violence.”
Trump defended his raging rally comments to a protest crowd last week, “completely appropriate”, and he showed no remorse for the following attack, the most serious and deadly domestic invasion in the Capitol in the nation’s history Was.
On impeachment, Trump said that this is “an awful thing they are doing.”
“To continue on this path, I think it is posing a tremendous threat to our country, and it is creating tremendous anger,” he said. “I don’t want any violence.
The President spoke as soon as he left for Texas to survey the border wall with Mexico. He did not raise any questions.
The impeachment further, on Tuesday, the House will seek to convince the Vice President and Cabinet to act more quickly to remove Trump from office, warning that he is a threat to democracy in the remaining days of the presidency.
House legislators are regrouping in the Capitol since the deadly pro-Trump riot to approve a proposal to call Vice President Mike Pence to implement the 25th Amendment for the first time, declaring the president incapable of serving. Are amending to do. Pence is not expected to take any such action. The House will move fast to impeach Trump.
Trump faced the same charge in the impeachment motion – “provocation of rebellion” The debate in the House will begin a week before Democrat Joe Biden is scheduled to be inaugurated on 20 December.
Unprecedented events, the first US president to impeach only twice, are revealed in a nation bracing for more unrest. FBI warns of possible armed protests Washington and many states Trump loyalists preceded Biden’s inauguration. In a dark foreboding, the Washington Monument was closed to the public and the opening ceremony on the western steps of the Capitol would be closed to the public.
Trump’s presidency as Democrats all added stunning final moments and a growing number of Republicans announced he was unfit for office and could do more damage after provoking a mob that violently killed the US Capitol Robbed on Wednesday.
A Capitol police officer died from injuries sustained in the riot, and police shot a woman during the violence. Officials said three other people died in a medical emergency.
“We are very strict and very strong right now in protecting the Constitution and democracy,” said Remy, Jamie Ruskin, D-MD, author of the law of both pieces, in an interview.
Late on Monday, the entire congressional Hispanic caucus, all 34 members, unanimously agreed to support impeachment, asking for Trump’s immediate removal.
“It is clear that every moment, America is at risk if Trump remains in office,” said a statement from the caucus led by Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-CA. It said that Trump “should be held accountable for his actions”.
Democrats are not the only ones who say Trump needs to go.
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., On Monday encouraged House GOP colleagues to “vote their conscience”, with one person calling for anonymity to discuss a private call. She has criticized Trump’s actions, but has not said publicly how she would vote.
Republican Sen. Pat Tomé of Pennsylvania joined GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska over the weekend, calling for Trump to “get away as soon as possible.”
The pencil and Trump met for the first time since the Capitol attack on Monday, and had a “good conversation”, pledging to continue working for the remainder of their terms, a senior administration official said on the private meeting Talked on condition of anonymity to discuss. .
Pence has indicated that he will move to implement the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. No cabinet member has publicly called for Trump’s removal from the post through the 25th amendment process.
As security tightened, Biden said that on Monday he was “not afraid” to take the oath of office outside the Capitol.
For the rioters, Biden said, “It is critically important that there will be a real serious focus on capturing and treasoning those people and threatening public property, protecting public property that has caused a lot of damage – that they have Should be held accountable. “
Biden said he had conversations with senators ahead of a possible impeachment trial that, some worried, would cloud the early days of his administration.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer was looking for ways to summon the Senate for a trial immediately after the House proceedings, although Republican leader Mitch McConnell would need to agree. The presidential-election suggested dividing the Senate time, perhaps “go half a day to deal with impeachment, half a day after my people are nominated and confirmed in the Senate, plus more to move forward on the package”. For COVID relief.
An uneasy government swept over as soon as the Congress resumed. Another jurist, Rep. Pramila Jaipal, D-Wash, announced on Tuesday that he tested positive for COVID-19 after taking shelter during the siege.
Many legalists may choose to vote by proxy instead of coming to Washington, a process that was put in place last year to limit the health risks of travel.
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy has discouraged GOP lawmakers from using the proxy option. But during a call with him he let loose his staunch opposition to this week’s votes, according to a Republican allowing Anonymous to discuss private calls.
Among Trump’s closest allies in Congress, McCarthy said in a letter to allies that “impeachment will have the opposite effect of bringing our country together at this time.”
He said he would review the president’s possible term. But House Republicans are divided and some may vote for impeachment.
Democrats say they have votes for impeachment. The Reps impeachment bill was drawn by Rhode Island’s David Sicilin, California’s Ted Liu, Maryland’s Ruskin and New York’s Jerrold Nadler from their false statements about Trump’s election defeat.
Judges across the country, including some named by Trump, have repeatedly dismissed cases challenging the election results, and Trump’s former Attorney General William Barr said there was no indication of widespread fraud.
The impeachment law also details Trump’s pressure on state officials in Georgia to “find” more votes, as well as his White House rally ahead of the Capitol siege, in which he told thousands of supporters “like hell and march” last Wednesday Fighting “. To the building.
The crowd pressured the police, broke through security lines and windows and ran through the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to disperse as they finalized Biden’s victory over Trump at Electoral College .
While some have questioned the president’s impeachment, Democrats and others at the end of his term argue that he should be prevented from taking public office in the future.
There is precedent for impeachment after the official office. In 1876, during the Ulysses Grant administration, Secretary of War William Belknap was impeached by the House on the day he resigned, and the Senate went to trial months later. He was acquitted.
Barrow reported from Willington, Delaware. Associated Press authors Alan Fram, Jill Colvin, Ellen Naikmeier, Tom Beaumont and Darlene Superville contributed to this report.