While Trump’s first impeachment trial did not bring any Republican votes in the House, a small but significant number of lawmakers are falling out of the Republican Party to join the Democrats.
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President Donald Trump is on the verge of impeachment for a second time in an unprecedented vote in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, a week after he encouraged a group of loyalists to “fight like hell” against the election results before storming the US Capitol building in a deadly siege.
While Trump’s first impeachment trial in 2019 did not bring any Republican votes in the House of Representatives, a small but significant number of leaders and lawmakers are defying the party to join the Democrats, saying Trump has violated his oath to protect and defend American democracy.
The astonishing collapse in Trump’s final days in office, in the face of troubling warnings of more violence in the future from his followers, leaves the nation at an uncomfortable and unfamiliar twist before the inauguration of Democrat Joe Biden on January 20.
“If a mob call to revolt against your government was not an impassable event, then what?” Rep. Jamie Raskin, MD, said the authors of the accountability article.
Trump, who will become the only US president to be impeached twice, faces one count of “inciting disobedience.”
The A four-page dismissal decision Leans on Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric and the lies he spread about Biden’s election victory, including at a rally at the White House on the day of the January 6 attack on the Capitol, to build his case for grave crimes and misdemeanors as required by the constitution.
Trump card We took no responsibility for the riots, Indicating that it was the motive for his ouster rather than his actions over the bloody riots that were dividing the country.
“To continue on this path, I think it is causing a tremendous danger to our country, and it is causing tremendous anger,” Trump said on Tuesday, in his first remarks to reporters since the violence that took place last week.
A Capitol police officer died of wounds sustained in the riot, and a woman was shot and killed by police during the siege. Three other people died in what the authorities said were medical emergencies. Lawmakers had to scramble for safety and hiding as rioters took over the Capitol building and were hours late in the final step in ending Biden’s victory.
The outgoing president did not offer any condolences for the dead or injured, and said only: “I do not want violence.”
At least five Republicans, including the Leader of the House Republican Party, Liz Cheney of Wyoming, were unaffected by the president’s reasoning. Republicans announced that they would vote to impeach Trump, split the Republican leadership, and the party itself.
Cheney said in a statement: “The President of the United States summoned this mob, gathered the mob, and lit the torch of this attack.” “There has never been any greater betrayal by the president of the United States of his office and the swearing in of the Constitution.”
Unlike last year, Trump faces impeachment as a weak leader, having lost his re-election as well as the Republican majority in the Senate.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is said to be angry with Trump, and it is unclear how the Senate impeachment trial will end. The New York Times reports that McConnell believes Trump has committed an impeachment crime and is happy that the Democrats are moving against him. Citing anonymous people familiar with McConnell’s thought, The Times reported that McConnell believes the move against Trump will help the Republican Party forge a future independent of the anarchic and divisive president.
In the House of Representatives, Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of California, a big Trump ally, was quick to suggest a lesser blame instead, but that choice collapsed.
So far, Republican Rep. John Katko of New York, former Federal Prosecutor; Adam Kinzinger, Illinois, Air Force veteran; Fred Upton from Michigan; Jaime Herrera Butler of Washington state announced that they would also join Cheney to vote to impeach him.
The House of Representatives first tried to pressure Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to intervene, and it passed a resolution Tuesday night calling on them to summon the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to remove Trump from office. The resolution urged Pence to “declare what is clear to a panicked nation: that the president is incapable of successfully carrying out the duties and powers of his office.”
Pence made it clear that he would not do so, saying in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that the time had come “to unify our country as we prepare for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.”
Controversy over the decision raged after lawmakers restored the Capitol for the first time since the blockade.
Representative Sylvia Garcia, Democrat from Texas, argued that Trump should go because, as she said in Spanish, he is a “resident” – insane.
In opposition, Republican Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio said that the “culture of annulment” was only trying to abolish the president. He said the Democrats had been trying to reverse the 2016 election since Trump took office and were ending his term in the same way.
While House Republican leaders allow ordinary lawmakers to vote on their conscience on impeachment, it is unclear afterwards that there will be the two-thirds vote in the equally divided Senate required to convict and impeach Trump. Republican Senator Pat Tommy of Pennsylvania joined Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska over the weekend in calling on Trump to “leave as soon as possible.”
With little more than a week left in Trump’s term, the FBI has ominously warned of potential armed protests by Trump loyalists ahead of Biden’s inauguration. Capitol Police urged lawmakers to exercise caution.
With new security measures in place, lawmakers have been required to pass through metal detectors to enter the House of Representatives, not far from where Capitol Police cordoned off the door to rioters with drawn rifles. Some Republican lawmakers complained about the screening.
Biden said it was important to ensure that “people who have participated in sedition, threatened lives, and mutilated public property, caused extensive damage – and held accountable.”
Fearing concerns that an impeachment trial will disrupt his first days in office, the president-elect is encouraging senators to divide their time between addressing his priorities by confirming his candidates and agreeing to COVID-19 relief while the trial is also taking place.
The impeachment bill draws on Trump’s false statements about his election defeat to Biden. Judges across the country, including some nominated by Trump, have repeatedly dismissed cases contesting election results, and former Attorney General William Barr, a Trump ally, said there was no sign of widespread fraud.
Like the decision to summon the 25th Amendment, the impeachment bill also details Trump’s pressure on state officials in Georgia to “find” more votes and drive him into the White House “to fight like hell” by heading to the Capitol.
While some have questioned the impeachment of the president, who is very close to the end of his term, there is a precedent. In 1876, during the Ulysses Grant administration, Secretary of War William Belknap was impeached by the House of Representatives the day he resigned, and the Senate held a trial session months later. He was acquitted.
Attack on the Capitol Building – Trump supporters riot and storm the US Capitol Building
Associated Press writers Alan Fram and Zeki Miller contributed to this report.