Trump is impeached for SECOND time as 10 Republicans turn on him – but president calls for calm and NO violence
DONALD Trump has been IMPEACHED in the House for a SECOND time, as at least ten Republicans turned on him following the US Capitol riots.
Members of the House of Representatives voted 232 to 197 to impeach Trump, as he's charged with inciting insurrection following his January 6 speech where he told rally-goers in Washington DC to march to Congress and "fight like hell."
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The 45th president’s second impeachment came as he urged calm and called for "no violent protests or vandalism"– a week after five were killed in the deadly US Capitol riots.
"The resolution is adopted without objection," Pelosi said as she slammed a gavel.
Trump's impeachment will now head to the Senate, where members of Congress will again vote on whether or Trump will be convicted on the charge.
Proceedings would continue on January 19, when the Senate is set to meet next – but they could begin before then if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calls members of Congress back to meet sooner.
This is the first and only time a president has been impeached twice.
Trump's second impeachment comes after several key Republicans jumped ship, voting to oust him following the Capitol riots that left five dead.
At least ten GOP members – including Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Dan Newhouse of Washington, John Katko of New York, Fred Upton of Michigan, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, Peter Meijer of Michigan, Tim Rice of South Carolina and David Valadao of California – all voted to impeach Trump.
Some were still opposed to Trump's impeachment, however, saying it would divide the country and it was too close to Joe Biden taking office.
Trump's second impeachment came as:
- Nancy Pelosi was slammed as a "hypocrite" for a resurfaced 2016 tweet claiming the election was "hijacked"
- Trump faces a charge of "incitement of insurrection"
- Trump called for calm and said there should be "no violent protests or vandalism" after five were killed in riots a week ago
- The House passed a powerless 25th Amendment vote to try and get Mike Pence to oust Trump
- FBI investigators probe "sedition and conspiracy " charges related to the riots as hundreds may be prosecuted
- 3,000 National Guard troops were deployed in DC ahead of the impeachment vote
Members of the House kicked off proceedings just after 9am EST on Wednesday – with a vote to follow.
Members of Congress finished a debate ahead of a vote surrounding the rule to continue with debates around 9:35am.
After around an hour, the House voted 221 to 203 to continue the impeachment process.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called for Trump's impeachment when the 2-hour debates kicked off.
"He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love," Pelosi said.
She added: "The president must be impeached and I believe the president must be convicted by the Senate."
Pelosi added the call for impeachment "brings me no pleasure."
"It breaks my heart."
Speaking of the charges, Pelosi said: "This is not theoretical and this is not motivated by partisanship."
She called on members of Congress, saying: "We here in this House have a sacred obligation to stand for truth," as she called them "guardians of the republic."
Rep Jim Jordan of Ohio said "we should be focused on coming together."
He accused Democrats of trying to "cancel the president.
"If it continues, it won’t be just the Republicans that get canceled…" he claimed.
Democratic Texas Rep Joaquin Castro said: "Donald Trump is the most dangerous man to ever occupy the oval office."
"If inciting a deadly insurrection is not enough to get a president impeached, then what is?" he asked.
Many Democrats – and several Republicans – have pushed for Trump's impeachment.
House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy said impeaching Trump now "would be a mistake."
"I believe impeaching the president in such a short timeframe would be a mistake," McCarthy said.
"All of us must resist the temptation of further polarization," he added.
"Instead we must unite once again as Americans. I understand for some the call for unity may ring hollow," the Republican said.
He said, however, that Trump "bears responsibility" for the riots.
What are the steps of the Impeachment process?
Trump is facing his second impeachment as members of Congress charge him with inciting insurrection
- The House has sole power to begin the impeachment process
- Members of the House bring forward articles of Impeachment with which to charge an official (like President Trump)
- The House would usually hold a Judiciary Committee investigation and hearings before making an official vote on whether or not that official will be charged
- The House votes on whether or not to impeach the official
- If the vote passes in the house, the Impeachment will move forward to the Senate
- The Senate then holds hearings
- In the hearings, members of the House will serve as prosecutors before the Senate
- The Senate considers evidence and witness testimonies as they weigh whether or not to convict
- Senators then vote to convict or acquit the official that has been impeached
- If the Senate passes with the required two-thirds vote, the official is removed from office
"The president bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding," McCarthy said.
Democratic Rep Ilhan Omar of Minnesota accused Trump of "leading a rebellion" during the debate ahead of the House vote.
"The president not only incited an insurrection against ourk government—but has in word and in deed led a rebellion," the progressive Rep said.
She said "we cannot simply move past this or turn the page."
"We must impeach and remove this president from the office immediately so that he cannot be a threat to our democracy.
"I challenge my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to do the same," she added, calling on Republicans.
Democratic Rep Mark Takano of California slammed the president, saying Trump is "toxic to our republic and toxic to our democracy."
Democratic Rep Lizzie Fletcher of Texas slammed “gaslighting” from other members of the House as she called for Trump to be impeached.
Although some Republicans have said that an impeachment would divide the country, other Reps have argued otherwise.
"This was not a protest. This was an insurrection. This was a well-organized attack on our country that was incited by Donald Trump," Democratic Rep Jim McGovern of Massachusetts said in the morning ahead of the first vote.
He added: "Every moment Donald Trump is in the White House, our nation, our freedom, is in danger."
"I can’t think of anything that would unify this country more than if there was a big bipartisan vote in favor of impeachment," McGovern said.
"If this is not an impeachable offense, I don't know what the hell is," McGovern later said.
Democratic Maryland Rep Steny Hoyer said: "There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
"Is there little time left? Yes. but it is never too late to do the right thing," Hoyer later added.
Republican Georgia Rep Buddy Carter said that "Our focus should be on healing."
"I don’t believe this resolution will achieve those goals," Carter said, citing a "tense and fragile time in our country."
"Rushing this impeachment… poses great questions about the constitutionality of this process," Republican South Carolina Rep Nancy Mace said as she cited "violence on both sides of the aisle" over the past year.
"We've contributed to it," Mace claimed.
"We need to take responsibility for our words and our actions, we need to acknowledge there's a problem, take responsibility for it, and stop being part of the problem and start being part of the solution."
Rep Tom Cole of Oklahoma said Congress is "rushing to judgement."
"I don't know why there aren't more uprisings in this country. Maybe there will be,” GOP Texas Rep Louie Gohmert said, in a shocking apparent quote from Pelosi without providing context.
Pelosi’s comment came in 2018 when she was speaking of migrant children separated from their children and how people would be upset at the Trump administration’s policy surrounding it.
“Half of the impeachments… occurred under this speaker,” Gohmert continued, insisting “this impeachment isn’t going to work.”
Republican Rep Brian Mast of Florida questioned? "Has any one of those individuals who brought violence on the capitol been brought here to answer whether they did that because of our president?"
He then took a dramatic pause, before noting he would not get an answer and stepping away from the podium.
Some members of Congress called for the establishment of a bipartisan commission on domestic terrorism amid the impeachment proceedings.
This moved forward the Impeachment process as members of Congress go on for a two-hour debate – that turned into around three and a half – before a final vote this afternoon.
"Donald Trump’s incitement of a deadly insurrection against the U.S. Capitol is without precedent in our nation’s history and an egregious violation of his oath of office," Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said in a statement on Wednesday morning.
"Fulfilling our oath to defend our Constitution requires that we act to remove him from office immediately," she added.
In a separate Tweet, Pelosi said Trump "irretrievably violated his oath of office."
The second round of impeachment proceedings comes after members of the House on Tuesday passed a resolution calling on Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
Pence said in a letter to Democratic Pelosi, however, that he would not do so, saying it would set a "terrible precedent."
Despite Pence's saying he would not oust Trump, many top Republicans have jumped ship on Trump and say they will vote to impeach him.
AS the House was voting, Republican Rep Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio said he is "compelled to support impeachment."
Michigan GOP Rep Peter Meijer released a statement just ahead of the House wrapping up debates, revealing he would also vote to impeach.
"With the facts at hand, I believe the article of impeachment to be accurate," Meijer said in a statement.
"The President betrayed his oath of office by seeking to undermine our constitutional process, and he bears responsibility for inciting the violent acts of insurrection last week.
"With a heavy heart, I will vote to impeach President Donald J. Trump," Maijer said.
During impeachment debates, Rep. Dan Newman of Washington became the sixth GOP member to say he'd vote to oust Trump.
"With a heavy heart I will vote yes to these articles of impeachment," Newman said.
"The president of the United States summoned this mob, assembled this mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing," Wyoming Rep Liz Cheney said in a statement.
"None of this would have happened without the president. I will vote to impeach the president," the third-ranking Republican added.
Rep John Katko of New York said he will also vote to impeach Trump in a statement on Tuesday night, saying the president "encouraged this insurrection" as he spoke of the GOP riots.
"To allow the President of the United States to incite this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy. For that reason, I cannot sit by without taking action," Katko said.
"I will vote to impeach the President."
Kinzinger of Illinois said: "There is no doubt in my mind that the President of the United States broke his oath of office and incited this insurrection."
He added: "I will vote in favor of impeachment.
New York Rep Fred Upton said: "I would have preferred a bipartisan, formal censure rather than a drawn-out impeachment process."
He added: "The Congress must hold President Trump to account and send a clear message that our country cannot and will not tolerate any effort by any President to impede the peaceful transfer of power from onePresident to the Next. Thus, I will vote to impeach."
In a statement, Beutler of Washington slammed Trump for taking "hours" to do "anything meaningful to stop the attack."
"The President's offenses, in my reading of the Constitution, were impeachable based on the indisputable evidence we already have," Beutler said.
She added: "I believe President Trump acted against his oath of office, so I will vote to impeach him."
Although many Republicans have said they will vote to oust Trump, some have said they will not.
House Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana slammed House Democrats for "divisive actions" that he dubbed "sheerly political."
"I will not vote in support of these divisive actions," Scalise said in a statement.
"While it is clear we must address all the actions that motivated last week's anarchists to riot at the Capitol, a rushed impeachment that hasn't even had a single hearing is clearly not the appropriate or practical way to do so and would set a dangerous precedent," he added.
If Trump's impeachment is passed in the House, it will move forward to the Senate, where hearings would kick off early next week.
As the Senate is not scheduled to meet next until January 19 – the day before president-elect Joe Biden's Inauguration – a source told ABC that there will not be a hold up in Trump's impeachment.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could call the Senate back to meet earlier, kicking off the process in the Senate even sooner.
Sources told Axios that McConnell is reportedly leaning toward impeaching Trump.
McConnell told Republicans on Wednesday, however that despite reports "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," the National Journal reported.
Senators have been having internal discussions about moving forward with Impeachment hearings if it's passed in the House, Reuters reported.
If it moves forward in the Senate, members of Congress may move their hearings forward ahead of Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters outside the White House on Tuesday, Trump slammed the impeachment as "ridiculous" and said his speech prior to the riots was "totally appropriate."
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