WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is on the verge of impeachment for the second time in an unprecedented House vote Wednesday, a week after he told a crowd of loyalists “fighting like hell” for election results just before the storm struck in America. Encouraged for. Capitol in deadly siege.
While Trump’s first impeachment in 2019 brought no Republican votes to the House, a small but significant number of leaders and legislators are breaking up with the party to join the Democrats, stating that Trump has protected and defended American democracy Violated his oath for.
The surprise collapse of Trump’s final days in office, against warnings of further violence by his followers, Democrat Joe Biden leaves the nation at an uneasy and unfamiliar junction before the inauguration on 20 January.
“What if inviting crowds to rebel against their government is not an unremarkable event?” Remy said. Jamie Ruskin, D-MD, after the impeachment article.
Trump, who became the only US president to impeach twice, has a single charge of “inciting rebellion”.
Four page impeachment proposal Much depends on Trump’s own rhetoric and he spread lies about Biden’s election victory, including a White House rally. Attack on the Capitol on 6 January, in the making of its case for high crimes and misdemeanors as demanded in the Constitution.
Trump took no responsibility for the riots, Suggesting that it was a drive to exclude him rather than his actions around the bloody riots that divided the country.
Trump said on Tuesday, “To continue on this path, I think it is a tremendous threat to our country, and it is tremendous anger.”
A Capitol police officer died from injuries sustained in the riot and a woman was shot dead by police during the siege. Officials said three other people died in a medical emergency. Lawmakers had to scramble for safety and rioters took control of the Capitol and delayed the final stages by hours to finalize Biden’s victory.
The outgoing president expressed no condolences for those dead or injured, saying only, “I don’t want any violence.”
The presidential rationale included at least five Republican lawmakers, including Wyoming’s third-placed House GOP leader Liz Cheney. Republicans announced they would vote to impeach Trump, challenging the Republican leadership and the party itself.
Cheney said in a statement, “The President of the United States called this crowd, gathered the crowd, and lit the flame of this attack.” “There has never been a greater betrayal than the President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
Unlike a year ago, Trump faces impeachment as a weak leader, losing his own reelection as well as a Senate Republican majority.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is said to be angry at Trump, and it’s unclear how the impeachment trial will go. In the House, Republican Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of California, a top Trump aide, suggested a lighter censor instead, but that option was scrapped.
So far, Republican Reps. John Katko of New York, a former federal prosecutor; Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, an Air Force veteran; Fred Upton of Michigan; And Jaime Herrera Beatler of Washington State announced that he, along with Cheney, would vote for impeachment.
The House first tried to push Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to intervene, passing a resolution Tuesday night calling for them to implement the 25th Amendment of the Constitution to remove Trump from office. The resolution urged Pence to declare “what is clear to the panicked nation: the president is unable to successfully discharge the duties and powers of his office.”
Pence clarified that in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, he said that this would not happen, “it was time to unite our country as we prepare to inaugurate President-Elect Joe Biden.”
The debate over the proposal was swift after the MPs withdrew the Capitol for the first time after the siege.
Rape Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, argued that Trump should go, because he said in Spanish, he is “loco” – crazy.
In protest, Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio said the “canceled culture” was trying to repeal the president. He said Democrats were trying to reverse the 2016 election as Trump took office and were ending his term the same way.
While House Republican leaders are allowing rank and file lawmakers to vote their conscience on impeachment, it is clear that then there will be two-thirds of the vote in an equally divided Senate to indict and remove Trump. Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania included Lisa Murkowski of Alaska over the weekend in a call for Trump to “get away as soon as possible.”
With just one week remaining in Trump’s term, the FBI warned of possible armed protests Trump loyalists preceded Biden’s inauguration. The Capitol Police urged lawmakers to be vigilant.
With the new security, lawmakers had to pass through metal detectors to enter the chamber of the house, not from where the Capitol Police, with guns drawn, locked the door against the rioters. Some Republican lawmakers complained about the screening.
Biden has said that it is important to ensure that “those who indulge in treason and are threatening public property, protecting public property have caused great harm – they should be held accountable.”
A impeachment trial will end his first days in office, removing concerns that President-elect is encouraging senators to take their priorities to confirm their nomination and to conduct COVID-19 when conducting the test Divide your time between approving.
The impeachment bill is about Biden’s election defeat from Trump’s own false statements. 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.
Like the resolution to implement the 25th Amendment, the impeachment bill also describes Trump’s pressure on state officials in Georgia to rally in the Capitol to fight “votes” and “hell like White” .
While some have questioned the president approaching the end of his term to impeach him. 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.
Associated Press authors Alan Fram and Zeke Miller contributed to this report.
This story has been corrected to show Trump’s first impeachment in 2019, not last year.