Trump impeachment updates: House impeaches Trump for Capitol riot

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By LIBBY CATHEY, KENNEDEY BELL, LAUREN KING and ADIA ROBINSON, ABC News

(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump is slated to hand over control of the White House to President-elect Joe Biden in one week.

House lawmakers have voted to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Here is how the scene is unfolding. All times Eastern:

Jan 13, 9:40 pm
Republican lawmaker explains why he voted ‘no’ on the article of impeachment

Although South Dakota Rep. Dusty Johnson said that Trump deserves “more than his fair share of blame” for the U.S. Capitol riot last week, he voted not to impeach the president Wednesday.

Johnson told ABC News that his decision was based on due process of the law.

“I think due process matters,” said Johnson. “I just felt like a snap impeachment was not in the best interest of the country.”

He said Trump could have been held accountable through censure.

“Impeachment for someone who is out of office looks like some sort of formal reprimand. Really, you can’t kick them out when they’re already gone,” said Johnson. “I think (Nancy Pelosi) could have gotten 100 Republican votes for censure.”

Democrats defended the use of impeachment because an impeachment and a conviction vote by two-thirds of the Senate would open Trump up to a congressional ban on running for federal office. Trump has already indicated that he would run for office again in 2024.

Johnson said that he and “dozens” of his Republican colleagues felt frustrated on the House floor Wednesday. He said that his fellow Democrats missed an opportunity to work across the aisle.

“The rhetoric on the House floor today was the most toxic I have seen in my two years. It was the most rancorous,” he said. “And that’s one of the reasons why I was trying to get some of my Democratic colleagues more interested in a bipartisan censure, a more unifying approach than, I think, a largely single-party impeachment process.”

Jan 13, 9:34 pm
Acting ICE director steps down

For the third time in less than a year, the acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director has resigned, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Jonathan Fahey only lasted two weeks on the job.

Fahey is the third acting ICE director in less than a year. The previous director, Tony Pham only lasted a couple of months.

Jan 13, 9:32 pm
Spanberger on Trump’s impeachment, Capitol riot ‘false equivalencies’ to BLM

Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger called it “a point of sadness” after she joined her fellow Democrats and some Republicans Wednesday to vote to impeach Trump.
 
“Impeachment is necessary at this point in time because we have to make a clear statement that the incitement of an insurrection by a sitting U.S. president is absolutely unacceptable,” she told ABC’s Nightline.
 
She acknowledged how close the president is to the end of his term, but said it’s still necessary to impeach Trump because it’s an “issue of accountability.”
 
“It’s an issue of law and order. It is an issue of ensuring that every person who holds this office in the future recognizes and knows and understands that in the United States of America, under no circumstances do we accept that the president … would incite a violent mob to insurrection for the purpose of holding onto power. It’s unacceptable, and generations into the future need to know that we believe that to be the case,” she said.

The Democratic congresswoman has served Virginia’s 7th Congressional District since 2019. She said that the riot at the U.S. Capitol building last week during a joint session of Congress was “unimaginable.”
 
Spanberger also said it’s “ridiculous” to compare the Capitol insurgence to last year’s Black Lives Matter protests like some House Republicans did Wednesday.  
 
“I have categorically denounced violence in all its forms, in any circumstance,” she said. “But this wasn’t violence. This was a domestic terrorist attack perpetrated by insurrectionists who lowered the flag of the United States and raised a flag with one man’s name on it.”
 
“It couldn’t be more different,” she added, “and false equivalencies are deeply saddening and disheartening, particularly for those of us who have sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

Jan 13, 8:26 pm
Biden calls on Senate to move forward with impeachment, other urgent business

Following the second impeachment of Trump, Biden issued a statement urging the Senate to move forward with impeachment and other urgent business simultaneously.

“Today, the members of the House of Representatives exercised the power granted to them under our Constitution and voted to impeach and hold the president accountable,” Biden said in the statement. “It was a bipartisan vote cast by members who followed the Constitution and their conscience.”

“The process continues to the Senate,” he continued. “This nation also remains in the grip of a deadly virus and a reeling economy. I hope that the Senate leadership will find a way to deal with their Constitutional responsibilities on impeachment while also working on the other urgent business of this nation.”

Biden stressed that there is too much “urgent work,” from confirming his key cabinet nominees to getting the vaccine program and economy on track to not move forward with it.

Jan 13, 6:33 pm
Trump condemns violence at Capitol riot in new video

Shortly after he was impeached for the second time, Trump released a video condemning the violence at last week’s riot at the Capitol, which he called a calamity.

“I want to be very clear — I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week, violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country, and no place in our movement,” the president said.

 

 

“Making America great again has always been about defending the rule of law, supporting the men and women of law enforcement and upholding our nation’s most sacred traditions and values,” he added. “Mob violence goes against everything I believe in, and everything our movement stands for.”

In the video, which was posted to YouTube and the White House Twitter account, Trump said that he directed federal agencies to use “all necessary resources” to maintain order in Washington ahead of Biden’s inauguration.

Without mentioning the social media site by name, Trump also seemed to speak to his Twitter ban, saying “the efforts to censor, cancel and blacklist our fellow citizens are wrong and they are dangerous.”

“What is needed now is for us to listen to one another. Not silence on another,” he added.

The president did not mention impeachment.

Jan 13, 6:31 pm
Pelosi holds ceremonial engrossment after House impeaches Trump

Not an hour after the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump for a second time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House impeachment managers walked across Statuary Hall to the Rayburn Room for a ceremonial engrossment ceremony for the article of impeachment.

The engrossment ceremony is a procedural step that takes the article one step closer to the Senate trial.

“Today in a bipartisan way, the House demonstrated that no one is above the law — not even the president of the United States — that Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our country,” Pelosi said, preparing to sign off on the engrossment. “And now, I sadly, with a heart broken over what this means to our country of a president who would incite insurrection will sign the address of the article of impeachment.”

Pelosi was joined for the ceremony by the nine House impeachment managers — one of the rarest assignments for a House member.

Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., a former constitutional law professor who co-authored the article and whose family was present at the Capitol during last Wednesday’s riot a day after burying Raskin’s son, is serving as the lead impeachment manager. The other managers are Democratic Reps. Diana DeGette of Colorado, David Cicilline or Rhode Island, Joaquin Castro of Texas, Eric Swalwell of California, Ted Lieu of California, Joe Neguse of Colorado and Madeleine Dean, of Pennsylvania. and Del. Stacey Plaskett of the Virgin Islands.

While Pelosi has declined to yet say publicly when the House will send the article over to the Senate, a source involved in the Democratic leadership deliberations told ABC News earlier Wednesday that Pelosi planned to send the article to the Senate next week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a statement after the House voted to impeach Trump indicating the Senate trial should take place after Trump leaves office — a message to Pelosi to wait to send the article.

Jan 13, 4:55 pm
10 Republicans vote with Democrats to impeach

The House has voted to impeach President Trump for a historic and unprecedented second time.

Ten Republicans voted with Democrats for a final vote of 232-197.

Those Republicans were Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, Jamie Herrera-Beutler of Washington, John Katko of New York, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Peter Meijer of Michigan, Dan Newhouse of Washington, Tom Rice of South Carolina, Fred Upton of Michigan and David Valadao of California.

 

 

It was the most bipartisan impeachment vote in American history.

No House Republicans voted to impeach Trump in 2019.

-ABC News’ Benjamin Siegel

Jan 13, 4:25 pm
House votes to impeach, Trump becomes only president impeached twice

The House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Trump — making Trump the only president in American history to be impeached twice.

Ten Republicans have sided with Democrats to vote for impeachment with the count currently standing at 225-194.

217 votes were needed to impeach the president.

House lawmakers charged Trump with one article of impeachment for “incitement of insurrection” citing his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has declined to yet say publicly when the House will send the article over to the Senate, a source involved in the Democratic leadership deliberations told ABC News earlier Wednesday Pelosi plans to send the article to the Senate next week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office confirmed earlier in the day that the Senate will not return early for an impeachment trial, so the earliest the trial could start is Jan. 19 — a day before Biden’s inauguration.

-ABC News’ Trish Turner

Jan 13, 4:09 pm
7th House Republican will vote to impeach Trump

Republican Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan is the seventh House Republican to announce he will vote to impeach Trump, announcing his intention in a statement posted to Twitter moments before voting got underway.

“President Trump betrayed his oath of office by seeking to undermine our constitutional process, and he bears responsibility for inciting the insurrection we suffered last week. With a heavy heart, I will vote to impeach President Donald J. Trump,” he said in a tweet, attaching a longer statement.

Meijer joins Republican Reps. John Katko, N.Y., Liz Cheney, Wyo., Adam Kinzinger, Ill., Fred Upton, Mich., Jaime Herrera Beutler, Wash., and Dan Newhouse, Wash, in saying he will vote to impeach the president.

No House Republicans voted to impeach Trump in 2019.

Jan 13, 3:55 pm
Impeachment debate concluded, vote underway

The House has concluded debate on the second impeachment of Trump for “incitement of insurrection.” The vote is now underway and is expected to take 40 minutes to one hour.

House Democrats are expected to vote to impeach the president. Seven Republicans have announced that they also plan to vote to impeach.

The House needs a simple majority to impeach the president.

Jan 13, 3:55 pm
GOP, Dems deliver closing arguments ahead of vote with scathing rebuke of Trump from Hoyer

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La. — the No. 2 Republican in the House — was the last to speak for the Republican Party, said he opposed the “rushed” impeachment, and emphasized that the Senate will only be able to take up the trial once Trump is out of office.

“I’ve seen the dark evil of political violence firsthand. And it needs to stop. But all of us need to be unequivocal in calling it out every single time we see it, not just when it comes from the other side of the aisle,” he said.

Invoking President Abraham Lincoln, he closed by calling on Americans to unify and “seek higher ground.”

House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., quickly responded to his remarks, saying, “We can have all this, and we can have accountability too,” before handing off to Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md.

Hoyer, in a scathing rebuke of the president, repeated the words of Rep. Liz Cheney and called on his Republicans colleagues to rise to the moment and join her to “reject the vices we abhore.”

“It is the first and only physical presence other than the 9/11 attack on this nation — which came from abroad with a plane aimed at our Capitol dome. This attack was not from abroad. It was as Liz Cheney said, summoned, assembled, and inflamed by the president of the United States of America,” he said.

“Last Wednesday, on Jan. 6, the nation and the world watched it shatter to pieces. There could be no mistaking any longer the kind of man sitting in the Oval Office or his intentions and capabilities. The curtain has been pulled back. The office to which he was elected could not temper or reform him,” Hoyer said.

“Reject deceit. Reject fear mongering. Reject sedition, tyranny and insurrection,” Hoyer said. “Reject one man over fidelity to one’s country.”

Hoyer noted that soon the House Reading Clerk will call the roll for voting, and added, “Make no mistake, this will be no ordinary roll call.”

“These votes will be inscribed on the roll of history — a record of courage — and of our commitment to country and Constitution, of our commitment to the rule of law and renewal of that which we inherited and hope to pass on, unbroken, unshattered,” he said. “Vote for this — for America, for our constitution, for democracy, for history.”

Jan 13, 3:32 pm
McConnell has ‘not made a final decision’ on whether he would vote to remove Trump

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sent a note to Republican colleagues Wednesday afternoon, as the House debated the expected impeachment of President Trump, stating that he has not made a final decision on how he would vote in an impeachment trial.

“While the press has been full of speculation, I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate,” said the note McConnell’s team passed along.

The message comes after House GOP leadership said they would not encourage members to vote for or against Democrats’ impeachment push, according to House leadership aides, but to “vote their conscience.”

At least six House Republicans — including No. 3 Rep. Liz Cheney — have announced they will vote to impeach the president.

-ABC News’ Allison Pecorin

Jan 13, 3:22 pm
GOP knocks ‘rushed’ process, calls for unity in wake of Capitol violence

Following several Republicans who aired their grievances with a “rushed” process, Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, condemned Trump for pressing Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the election but argued he couldn’t support the impeachment article as written.

“Let us condemn which must be condemned but do it the right way with deliberation and without disastrous side effects. We must end tearing apart our nation by social media and sound bite,” Roy said.

Another Texas Republican, Rep. Jodey Arrington, expressed some discontent at the president’s rhetoric but suggested it would set a dangerous precedent to pin the actions of his supporters at the Capitol on the president.

“I’m not saying that the president didn’t exercise poor judgment, but to criminalize political speech by blaming lawless acts on the president’s rhetoric is wrong and a very dangerous precedent,” he said to groans from Democrats. “The criminals who stormed the Capitol that day acted on their own volition. They are responsible. This is an important moment for our nation. We have to come together.”

While other Republicans didn’t go so far as to directly condemn Trump, they all condemned the violence at the Capitol — but argued it was time for unity and healing, instead of an impeachment with one week until Biden’s inauguration.

Democrats, however, rejected that stance.

“A police officer was killed. And what I hear from the other side is that it’s time to heal? He’s not even buried yet!” Rep. Donald Norcross, D-N.J., scolded his colleagues.

“If he has four years or four days, we must do the right thing for all Americans because he must be held accountable,” he added.

Republicans argued there had been no hearings or witnesses called in the Judiciary Committee, to which Democrats responded that the lawmakers themselves witnessed the violence and immediate action must be taken to avoid further threats.

-ABC News’ Benjamin Siegel

Jan 13, 3:02 pm
Senate will not return early for impeachment trial

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office has confirmed the Senate will not return early for an impeachment trial.

The GOP leader spoke to Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and said he has no intention of invoking any emergency authority the leaders have to jointly call the Senate back.

That means the earliest the trial can start is  Jan. 19 — the same day as the first confirmation hearing for one of Biden’s Cabinet picks and one day before Biden’s inauguration. It’s unclear how those events might be affected as Trump is poised to be impeached in the House later Wednesday.

-ABC News’ Trish Turner (edited)

Jan 13, 2:47 pm
Dems paint Trump as looming threat to the nation

Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo, a former Army Ranger with multiple combat deployments, called on his Republican colleagues to find the courage to vote to impeach Trump.

“Last week I stood in that gallery to defend this chamber against the violent mob called here by Donald Trump. I have dedicated my life to the defense of our nation and Donald Trump is a risk to all that I love,” he said. “I’m not asking you to storm the beaches of Normandy, but show a fraction of the courage we ask of our troops every day. Leadership is hard. It’s time to impeach.”

Freshman progressive Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., who introduced a resolution on the House floor Monday seeking to expel lawmakers who still voted to overturn the election after the Capitol siege, was met with boos from Republicans after her remarks in which she called Trump “a white supremacist president.”

“If we fail to remove a white supremacist president, who incited a white supremacist insurrection, it’s communities like Missouri’s 1st District that suffer the most,” she said.

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., a staunch critic of Trump’s, warned earlier, “He is capable of starting a Civil War.”

Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, as with many Democrats before her, have called on Trump not only to be impeached but to “never be allowed to hold office again.”

Jan 13, 2:21 pm
6th House Republican backs impeachment

GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse, Wash., issued a statement saying he would vote yes on the article of impeachment shortly before speaking on the House floor.

“These articles of impeachment are flawed, but I will not use process as an excuse. There’s no excuse for President Trump’s actions,” Newhouse said.

“Last week there was a domestic threat at the door of the Capitol, and he did nothing to stop it. That is why with a heavy heart and clear resolve I will vote yes on these articles of impeachment.”

Roughly two dozen Democrats on the House floor applauded Newhouse when he announced his plans to vote to impeach Trump.

Shortly after, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., said she will also vote to impeach Trump in her floor marks. She had previously announced her intentions to break from the president, and said on the floor it’s not a “fear-based decision.”

No House Republicans voted to impeach Trump in 2019.

-ABC News’ Katherine Faulders and Benjamin Siegel

Jan 13, 1:41 pm
Dems push ‘accountability’ in case for impeaching Trump

House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler in his floor remarks said the rioters who stormed the Capitol will be brought to justice. Amid accusations from some members of Congress that other members may have abetted rioters, he said accomplices on the floor will also be held accountable.

“We will bring the rioters to justice. Their accomplices in this house will be held responsible,” Nadler said. “But today we must focus on the gravest threat first: President Trump.”

Rep Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who was the lead impeachment manager for Trump’s last impeachment proceedings said America has endured a Civil War, world wars, the Great Depression and now “a Trumpist and white nationalist insurrection,” but the nation will prevail because of those Americans patriotic enough restore it.

“This is one of those moments,” Schiff said. “Enough.”

 

 

Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., argued that while Republicans are calling for unity and healing, it was the president who refused to recognize Biden’s win, leading to a violent transition of power.

“This president’s refusal to participate in the peaceful transfer of power and his role in the incitement of last week’s violence poses an existential threat. This threat must be extinguished immediately,” Clyburn said.

Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., co-sponsor of the impeachment article, warned of future threats to lawmakers if the president isn’t held accountable, stressing, “Every one of us in this room right now could have died.”

 

 

Jan 13, 1:10 pm
Republicans accuse Dems of ‘cancel culture’ for impeaching Trump as he leaves office

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, one of the president’s staunchest supporters, began the House debate for Republicans by opposing impeaching Trump and railing against Democrats for what he called their attempt to “cancel the president.”

“We should be focused on bringing the nation together. Instead Democrats are going to impeach the president for a second time, one week, one week before he leaves office. Why? Why? Politics and the fact that they want to cancel the president,” he said.

 

 

“Impeachment round two. It’s always been about getting the president, no matter what. It’s an obsession. An obsession that’s now broadened. It’s not just about impeachment anymore. It’s about canceling,” he added.

Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., told the chamber, “I cannot think of a more petty, vindictive and gratuitous act than to impeach an already defeated president a week before he is to leave office.”

“President-elect Biden’s promise to heal the nation becomes a hollow mockery in the harsh reality of this unconstitutional act,” he said.

 

 

Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have deflected when asked questions about impeachment, saying the decision is with Congress.

Jan 13, 12:49 pm
Pelosi first to speak as House debates unprecedented 2nd Trump impeachment

After the House Reading Clerk concluded reading the full impeachment resolution against President Trump, the House has proceeded with the session by kicking off two hours of debate on the article on impeachment charging Trump with inciting an insurrection. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was the first to deliver remarks and called Trump “a clear and present danger” to the country.

“The president of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion, against our common country. He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love,” Pelosi said. “Since the presidential election in November, an election the president lost, he has repeatedly lied about the outcome, sowed self-serving doubt about democracy and unconstitutionally sought to influence state officials to repeal reality.”

“My fellow members, my fellow Americans, we cannot escape history. Let us embrace our duty, fulfill our oath, and honor the trust of our nation. And we pray that God will continue to bless America,” she added, calling on the House to vote to impeach Trump and for the Senate to vote to convict him.

 

 

A spokesperson for Pelosi confirmed to ABC News she is wearing same outfit Wednesday that she wore for Trump’s last impeachment vote on Dec. 18, 2019.

Jan 13, 12:35 pm
House clerk reads article of impeachment charging Trump with inciting on insurrection

House Reading Clerk Susan Cole, donning an American flag mask, recited the article of impeachment before two hours of debate on the resolution kicked off.

Democrats formally introduced an impeachment resolution Monday, charging Trump with “incitement of insurrection” after he told his supporters at a “Save America Rally” to march on the Capitol during Congress’ joint session to count Electoral College votes on Jan. 6.

“In all this, President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government. He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States,” Cole read aloud from the measure.

The impeachment article also cited Trump’s call with the Georgia Republican secretary of state where he urged him to “find” enough votes for Trump to win the state — along with the Constitution’s 14th Amendment, noting that it “prohibits any person who has ‘engaged in insurrection or rebellion against’ the United States” from holding office.

Jan 13, 12:22 pm
Pelosi thanks armed National Guard troops deployed to Capitol

As procedural votes are underway in the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi went outside the Capitol to thank the National Guard troops deployed to the complex in the wake of last week’s riot and ahead of Biden’s inauguration in one week.

Some National Guard members inside the Capitol were spotted taking in the sights of the Rotunda Wednesday morning, gathering around and listening to Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., an Army veteran who lost both legs in Afghanistan.

The Capitol has been closed to tours for months due to the coronavirus pandemic. With the exception of last Wednesday’s attack, this is one of the few times visitors have snapped photos inside the building during the pandemic — finding themselves with unique access as they’ve been designated to protect the building and lawmakers.

As lawmakers arrived on the Hill ahead of the House gaveling in to consider Trump’s second impeachment, a heavy National Guard presence greeted them both outside and inside the building — with some resting, embracing their rifles, on the floor of the Capitol.

Jane Campbell, the president and CEO of the United States Capitol Historical Society, confirmed to ABC News that troops have not been quartered in the Capitol since the Civil War — when the Rotunda was still under construction, and the open-air space was used as a field hospital.

A Defense official said the National Guard members seen sleeping at the Capitol are on breaks and noted that it’s not uncommon on domestic or overseas deployments to see members taking breaks in between long shifts.

There are currently 6,600 members of the National Guard in Washington, D.C. with more continuing to flow in. A Defense official said Wednesday afternoon that the National Guard has now been authorized to have up to 20,000 Guardsmen in Washington for inauguration security and that most may be in town by this weekend.

Jan 13, 11:49 am
House votes to advance hearings, moves to adopt the ‘rule’

The first vote broke down along party lines 221-205, with Democrats voting to advance proceedings. Seven House members did not vote.

The House is now voting on the rule, which is expected to take roughly 45 minutes to one hour, the same amount of time. The chamber will then move to begin debate on the impeachment article.

Jan 13, 11:39 am
Republicans claim ‘rushed’ impeachment would ‘inflame’ the country

As part of rule debate leading up to debate on the article of impeachment, Republicans have largely focused on procedural concerns, criticizing Democrats for moving quickly to impeach Trump without a full investigation and suggesting the move would further divide Americans.

“I hold him accountable for the attack on the Capitol,” newly elected Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., said, making her first speech on the House floor.

“If we’re serious about healing the divisions in this country, Republicans and Democrats need to recognize that last week wasn’t the first day of violence,” she continued. “There is violence on both sides of the aisle.”

“President Trump will leave office in seven days,” Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., said. “This is a reckless impeachment … have a conscience.”

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, attacked Democrat Rep. Jim McGovern, the chairman of the House Rules Committee, over his 2017 objection to the election results, and accused Democrats of hypocrisy.

McGovern quickly shot back that Democrats and Hillary Clinton recognized Trump’s victory — when Republicans refused to acknowledge Biden’s.

“The bottom line is this. This Capitol was stormed — people died because of the big lies that were being told by this president and by too many other people on this side of the aisle. Enough!” McGovern said. “Coming up on this floor and talking about whataboutism and trying to make these false equivalences — give me a break.”

“The president of the United States instigated an attempted coup in this country,” he added. “If this is not an impeachable offense I don’t know what the hell is.”

Jan 13, 11:16 am
Some GOP members rebel against Rep. Liz Cheney

Several conservative House Republicans have criticized Rep. Liz Cheney since she announced she would support impeachment Tuesday evening.

The Wyoming Republican is the chair of the House GOP conference — the No. 3 leadership position — and was reelected to by GOP members at the start of this Congress.

“We ought to have a second vote,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told reporters Wednesday about the leadership position. “The conference ought to vote on that.”

“She should not be serving this conference,” Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., said Tuesday.

It’s unclear how widespread the effort to remove Cheney from GOP leadership is. But Trump’s top allies in the House are using impeachment as an opportunity to kneecap Cheney, a potential future speaker, after months of simmering tensions.

Jan 13, 11:01 am
House procedural votes on impeachment underway

The House has ended its first round of debate on impeachment and is taking the first procedural vote of the day.

This will likely take roughly 45 minutes to one hour, followed by a second procedural vote on the rule that could take the same amount of time.  

After those votes, the House will begin two hours of debate on the impeachment article charging Trump with “incitement of insurrection.”

Democrat Rep. James McGovern, the chairman of the House Rules Committee, when closing out the morning debate, said the impeachment vote will show who in Congress stands with the president “no matter what he does” and who stands up to him.

Jan 13, 10:55 am
Dems begin to lay out their case for impeaching Trump

With the first procedural debate wrapped and a second procedural vote on deck, the House of Representatives will soon debate the article of impeachment — charging the president with “Incitement of insurrection.”

At least once during the hearings, lawmakers were reminded by the presiding officer that masks are required on the House floor at all times.

 

 

Rep. Sheila Lee Jackson, D-.N.Y., appeared to summarize the heart of Democrats’ arguments when speaking ahead of the imminent impeachment vote.

“The president of the United States is an insurrectionist,” she said. “He led an insurrection against the United States of America.”

“The president provoked these domestic terrorists with words, with actions, with conduct, that portray and have contempt and hostility to the national value of equal justice under the law, telling domestic terrorists — nearly all of them white supremacists — many of them who support them politically — who stormed the Capitol to derail Congress for derailing its constitutional required duty of counting the vote,” she said. “He must be impeached because he is a threat.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., a strong critic of Trump’s who called to impeach Trump last week while the siege was ongoing, said it’s about holding the president accountable, as their oath as lawmakers requires, she said.

“It was a violent attempt to interrupt our democratic process,” said Omar, who also called Trump a “tyrant.” “We cannot simply move past this or turn the page. For us to be able to survive as a functioning democracy, there has to be accountability.”

Jan 13, 9:59 am
Debate on the ‘rule’ kicks off ahead of article debate

Democrats and Republicans are expected to debate for one hour — equally divided between Democrats and Republicans — before a procedural vote ahead of the chamber beginning debate on the impeachment article itself.

Democrat Rep. Jim McGovern, the chairman of the House Rules Committee, setting up that preliminary vote on the terms of the debate, called the Capitol a “crime scene” and the rioters “traitors” and “domestic terrorists” in an assault instigated by Trump, emphasizing, “We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the president of the United States.”

McGovern described the day as “a ceremonial role for the Congress — one that sends a message to the world that democracy persists — but at a rally a mile and-a-half down Pennsylvania Avenue, Donald Trump was stoking the anger of a violent mob,” he began. “He said Vice President Pence has to come through and told the mob to walk down to the Capitol.”

“The signal was unmistakable. These thugs should stage a coup so Donald Trump can hang on to power, the people’s will be damned. This beacon of democracy became the site of a vicious attack. Rioters chanted, ‘Hang Mike Pence,’ as a noose and gallows were built. Capitol Police officers were beaten and sprayed with pepper spray. Attackers hunted down lawmakers to hold them hostage or worse,” McGovern continued.

“I saw evil, Mr. Speaker. Our country came under attack, not from a foreign nation but from within,” he added. He also slammed Republicans for preaching unity from members who voted to overturn a free and fair election.

Republican Rep. Tom Cole — one of the lawmakers who object to Electoral College results after the violent seige — called Jan. 6 the “darkest day” of his long career in Washington, but said Democrats, instead of promoting unity, are looking to “divide us further” by pursuing Trump’s impeachment.

Cole did not directly defend Trump’s actions or rhetoric but argued in Congress, one week before Biden’s inauguration, sets up a “flawed process.”

Jan 13, 9:40 am
House begins considering impeachment amid extraordinary security

The U.S. House of Representatives has gaveled in to consider the second impeachment of President Trump.

Democrats formally introduced an impeachment resolution Monday, charging Trump with “incitement of insurrection” after he told his supporters at a “Save America Rally” to march on the Capitol during Congress’ joint session to count Electoral College votes on Jan. 6.

“He also willfully made statements that, in context, encouraged — and foreseeably resulted in — lawless action at the Capitol, such as: ‘if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore,'” the resolution reads.

“Thus incited by President Trump, members of the crowd he had addressed, in an attempt to, among other objectives, interfere with the Joint Session’s solemn constitutional duty to certify the results of the 2020 Presidential election, unlawfully breached and vandalized the Capitol, injured and killed law enforcement personnel, menaced Members of Congress, the Vice President, and Congressional personnel, and engaged in other violent, deadly, destructive and seditious acts,” it continues.

“In all this, President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government. He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States,” it goes on.

The impeachment article also cited Trump’s call with the Georgia Republican secretary of state where he urged him to “find” enough votes for Trump to win the state — along with the Constitution’s 14th Amendment, noting that it “prohibits any person who has ‘engaged in insurrection or rebellion against’ the United States” from holding office.

As House lawmakers arrived on Capitol Hill Wednesday, they were greeted by the sight of National Guard members dispersed throughout the Capitol complex before debate kicked off — a stark sight from last week when Capitol Police were found outnumbered.

Jan 13, 9:03 am
Republicans break from Trump as he’s poised for second impeachment, leaders tell members to ‘vote their conscience’

The House of Representatives is poised to impeach President Trump for a second time on Wednesday for “incitement of insurrection,” exactly one week after a violent siege on the U.S. Capitol left five people dead.

House Democrats have the votes to impeach Trump, who will become the first and only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.

And in a turn of events, at least five House Republicans — including No. 3 Rep. Liz Cheney — have announced they, too, will vote to impeach Trump, even though no Republicans supported the effort during Trump’s first impeachment proceedings related to the Ukraine matter in 2019. The other House lawmakers who say they’ll vote to remove Trump include GOP Reps. John Katko, R-N.Y., Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Fred Upton, Mich., and Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash.

House GOP leadership said they would not encourage members to vote for or against Democrats’ impeachment push, according to House leadership aides, but to “vote their conscience.”

In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not said if he would vote to convict or whether he’d hold a trial in the Senate, ABC News has learned, but he has privately indicated he believes impeaching Trump could make it easier to rid the Republican Party of Trumpism.

Jan 13, 8:58 am
Overview: Trump on track to become 1st president impeached twice

President Trump, one week ago, encouraged thousands of his supporters to march on Capitol Hill, firing them up with baseless claims of election fraud and instructing them to “fight like hell” in order to “stop the steal,” while Congress affirmed Biden’s electoral vote victory. That day ended in a violent attack on one of the most revered buildings in America.

One week later, Trump finds himself on track to become the first president in American history to be impeached twice as the House of Representatives is scheduled to convene at 9 a.m. Wednesday to debate a rule, then debate on one article of impeachment charging the president with “incitement of insurrection.” A final vote is expected later in the day.

Republicans are expected to argue Trump’s rhetoric ahead of the mob Wednesday doesn’t arise to an impeachable offense, and Democrats are expected to blast those 139 House Republicans who still objected to election results after the roughly six-hour siege.

With at least 218 House Democrats and five House Republicans announcing they’ll vote to impeach the president, a trial in the Senate is imminent. Half of the country’s presidential impeachment trials will then belong to Trump.

While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not publicly indicated when the House would send the article of impeachment to the Senate after its expected passage, she plans to send it to the Senate next week, according to a source involved in the Democratic leadership deliberations on the matter.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said already he won’t bring back the Senate from recess before Jan. 19 — a day before Biden’s inauguration. While McConnell has not said if he would vote to convict or whether he’d hold a trial in the Senate, ABC News has learned, he has privately indicated he believes impeaching Trump could make it easier to rid the Republican Party of Trumpism.

Branding his presidency as a “time to heal,” both Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have deflected impeachment questions to Congress — but with confirmations for Cabinet picks and priorities to pass additional coronavirus relief potentially coinciding with Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate, it’s unclear how Biden — or the U.S. Senate — will divide their agendas.

Jan 13, 12:38 am
Acting AG Jeffrey Rosen appears on camera for first time since Capitol siege

One week after the violent attack on the Capitol by a pro-President Trump mob, Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen has appeared on camera for the first time in a video statement condemning the actions of the rioters.

Rosen spends most of the video seeking to assure the public of the department’s efforts to bring those who committed acts of violence to justice, and makes no mention of Trump or his role in inciting the rioters against the lawmakers certifying the vote for President-elect Joe Biden.

He also uses the video to “send a message” to anyone seeking to commit acts of violence in the coming days leading up to the Inauguration, saying the department will have “no tolerance” for anyone seeking to disrupt, or occupy any government buildings around the country ahead of the transfer of power on Jan 20.

Jan 13, 12:14 am
YouTube suspends Trump channel over concerns about ‘potential for violence’

Following his bans from Twitter and Facebook, YouTube announced late Tuesday night that it was suspending Trump’s channel for at least seven days.

“After review, and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to Donald J. Trump’s channel for violating our policies. It now has its 1st strike & is temporarily prevented from uploading new content for a minimum of 7 days,” YouTube said in a statement Tuesday.

Trump’s social media presence has come under severe scrutiny for the language and rhetoric he used leading up to after the Capitol was sieged by a mob of pro-Trump supporters.

The storming of the Capitol left at least five dead and forced Congress to evacuate and seek shelter.

“Given the ongoing concerns about violence, we will also be indefinitely disabling comments on President Trump’s channel, as we’ve done to other channels where there are safety concerns found in the comments section,” YouTube said.

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