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House impeaches Trump for ‘incitement of insurrection’

The House voted Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time in a swift and bipartisan condemnation of the President’s role inciting last week’s riot at the US Capitol.

The House voted 232 to 197 to impeach Trump exactly one week after rioters forced lawmakers to flee from the very chamber in which they cast ballots in the fourth presidential impeachment in US history — and the first time a President has been impeached twice. Ten Republicans, including the House’s No. 3 Republican, Liz Cheney of Wyoming, joined with Democrats to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection.”

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While the vote won’t force Trump from office — the Senate trial isn’t expected to begin until after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in next week — the vote was a visceral response from lawmakers in both parties furious at Trump after a deadly pro-Trump mob overran Capitol Police, ransacked the US Capitol and put the lives of Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers in danger last week.

“We know that the President of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on the House floor ahead of the vote. “He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”

The speed of the vote and the Republican support underscores the fury that lawmakers feel about Trump’s role inciting the rioters who overtook the Capitol, who were fueled by Trump’s months of false rhetoric about the election being stolen from him. Cheney’s statement was cited by impeachment supporters and detractors alike Wednesday after she charged that Trump “summoned this mob, assembled the mob and lit the flame of this attack.”

“There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” Cheney said.

McCarthy said Wednesday that Trump “bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters,” urging the President to accept his share of responsibility and “quell the brewing unrest.” McCarthy, however, argued the House should create a bipartisan commission instead of impeachment.

“I believe impeaching the President in such a short timeframe would be a mistake,” McCarthy said. “No investigations have been completed. No hearings have been held.”

The division within the Republican Party starkly contrasts the House Democrats’ 2019 impeachment of Trump, when House Republicans were united in opposition.

In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is not planning to bring the Senate back for a trial before January 19, meaning the trial won’t begin until Trump is out of office and Biden has been sworn in.

In a note to his GOP colleagues Wednesday afternoon, McConnell wrote, “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.”

McConnell has indicated he believes impeaching Trump will make it easier to get rid of the President and Trumpism from the Republican Party, sources said Tuesday. McConnell is facing a delicate balance — a number of his GOP colleagues have made clear they oppose impeachment and the Kentucky Republican famously loathes anything that divides his conference, according to a source familiar with the matter.

But the source says McConnell is also keenly aware of the moment in history — and the moment for the Republican Party. McConnell’s shift against Trump has been apparent for those watching him closely. He cut off contact with Trump weeks ago and has made clear he has no plans ever to speak to him again.

For House Democrats, the disagreements that divided their caucus on impeachment in 2019 simply never materialized. Democrats quickly coalesced around using impeachment in the final days of Trump’s presidency to serve as a proper response to the President’s conduct and as a way to push for his removal from office before the end of his term, although that scenario looks unlikely.

Pence sent a letter ahead of the vote saying he would not seek to invoke the 25th Amendment as Democrats had urged, and Trump is not considering resigning.

Pelosi has brushed aside Republican efforts to take a different action, such as censure, in response to Trump’s role in the riot. She named impeachment managers on Tuesday evening, a team of nine Democrats who will be led by Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, ahead of a likely trial in the days after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said late Tuesday the House would send the articles to the Senate immediately.

Democrats have only grown more resolute in their push to impeach Trump over the riot as more information has come out about the attack on the Capitol, including violent images of Capitol Police officers being attacked, and the death of a Capitol Police officer. Wednesday’s vote occurred while thousands of National Guard troops were present every nook of the Capitol complex ahead of next week’s inauguration, and they slept on the floors of the Capitol building the night before the impeachment vote.

Trump has showed no contrition for his role in last week’s Capitol riot, railing against impeachment on Tuesday in his first public remarks since the incident. A source close to the President said he’s not considering resigning.

“It’s been analyzed,” Trump said of his remarks last week to the crowd before the riots. “People thought what I said was totally appropriate.”

Trump, unable to post his thoughts on Twitter after his account was permanently suspended in the fallout from the riots, released a statement just before Wednesday’s vote saying, “In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind. That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers.”

Wednesday’s impeachment vote will complicate the opening days of the Biden administration, both in his efforts to reach out to Republicans and because the Senate is likely to be tied up with a trial just as Biden is taking office.

Both Biden and Schumer have argued that the Senate will try to divide its days while conducting the trial, so the Senate can confirm Biden’s nominees and consider Covid-19 stimulus legislation while also carrying out the impeachment trial.

This story has been updated with additional developments Wednesday.

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  1. Dump bragged that he could shoot a person on 5th Avenue and get away with it. Well, last Wednesday was the next closest thing to it (having someone else do the murder for him). Let the chips fall where they may. He’ll certainly be remembered in history.

    1. Madonna wanted to blow up the White House ! Jonny Depp dreamed about being John Wilkes Booth so he could assassinate a President- Maxine Waters demanded that angry lefties “get in the face” of their GOP rivals- the squad promoted a concept of “make them uncomfortable” AOC even produced a rioters guide for first time participants… “bring water for tear gas”- leave your dope at home in case you are arrested- and don’t forget them fire-proof gloves” ! Yup- it’s all put there on her instagram site ! So it seems that President Trump encouraging people to be strong is rather mild compared to what the left has gotten away with.. I mean really- ‘blow up the WH” ???

  2. Stupid Democrats… Just like the first impeachment, and almost almost everything else that they do, this accomplishes absolutely nothing, and they still can’t get rid of him…

      1. No unfortunately I didn’t forget, and I’m not trying to be witty. The sad reality is
        that all it means is that there are enough liberals in this country that are content
        with four years of failures and excuses about why they aren’t accomplishing anything…
        The only real reason Biden and his token VP choice won is because he was the lesser of two evils, and because Trump has become even more unhinged over the last year or so.
        Much like the eight long years of Obama, Trump has become an embarrassment to our country which is unfortunate because he had a lot of good ideas, but he could only do so much on his own, and thanks to the liberal media and Democrats, he was screwed before he was even inaugurated…

        1. Oh, so you just dont understand the meaning of the word “accomplishment” you used earlier… fair enough, thanks for being honest and next time probably dont need to whine about it quite so much either, an adult literacy course would perhaps be a better use of your time than (still) attempting to blame dang obama 🤠🇰🇪🤬🤬🤬 #maga

        2. You might have disagreed with Obama about most or all of his policy choices, but do you really think he was an embarrassment to our country? I thought Trump had some good ideas, although I mostly disagreed with him, but I just don’t see how anything Obama did rose to the level of “embarrassment to our country.” I didn’t generally agree with George Bush, but I didn’t feel he was an embarrassment to our country (other than perhaps “mission accomplished”).

          1. I do think Obama was an embarrassment to our country because our country was viewed as weak by other leaders. I’ve never totally agreed with any President but I think that’s normal.

              1. bin Laden was the rare exception during Obamas eight years,
                and the only thing he did was give the okay for Special Forces to
                do their job.
                Of course we can’t forget how awesome truly awesome Obama was as he sat on his butt in the Situation room watching a video of Americans that were ambushed and being slaughtered in a little place called Benghazi, and he didn’t have the stones to answer their cries for help.
                That showed the true Obama. Spineless and unpatriotic, just like his
                worthless S.O.S Clinton who was also watching the video, and could have cared less about what had transpired…

              1. I wouldn’t consider rolling over to other Governments foreign policy success; not for our country. Yes there was economic growth while he was in office but he had eight years to do it… Trump had four years and set economic records with no cooperation from the Democrats, and he did
                it while dealing with the never ending daily slanderous accusations and impeachment attempts courtesy of the liberals, and the support they received from the disgusting bias and negativity from the liberal main stream media…
                Perfect ? Nope, not even close but considering the fact that he was screwed before he was even inaugurated, I would say that for a non-politician and a Washington outsider, he did pretty good.

              1. “Fake President Dotard BOY “… Isn’t there a minimum age requirement to post on here ? You sound like a 12 year old with the never ending use of childish names. Liberals seem to have a problem getting their point across
                without sounding like immature little kids…

                Obama staring down Putin ? Get a grip…Putin has eaten weasels like Obama for breakfast for years. What would Obama do ? Threaten to beat Putin at a game of HORSE ?

          2. I do not think Obama was an “embarrassment” to the country- he was simply weak- and our adversaries and the international community knew this… so obviously they loved him ! But that is not the goal of international relations- to be seen as weak and vulnerable. Here are some facts that you will hate to admit… Obama actively engaged in America’s never ending wars by drone striking more sovereign nations than any other US President- Why ? President Trump called BS- did not promote a single bit of these never ending international conflicts. Instead he eliminated ISIS- brow beat Assad in Syria and Kim in North Korea- and the world has been better because of it ! Obama didn’t do this- Biden sat right next to Obama (like a lap dog) and licked his hand the whole time ! President Trump rebuilt the US military and forced other countries to recognize our might- Obama bad mouthed our US military and displayed weakness with Iran- giving them pallets of hush money to keep them quiet… Trump didn’t do this ! On the home front- Trump made America energy independent- he supported big oil- he created an environment where the world could function on $40 dollars a barrel- Obama shut down more than 1000 US oil rigs and did nothing as gasoline prices doubled what they are today ! Joe Biden will return America to those dark days of weakness and dependence on other nations for our energy… if he doesn’t- you can thank Trump ! But I doubt you will.

    1. Typical sheeple treasonous Republiclown. Accomplishes nothing? To start with US taxpayers will not have to pay for all these things https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-05/what-is-donald-trump-entitled-to-when-he-is-former-president/12937940 The traitor just cost himself Millions in benifits a year, he’ll have to pay for his own travel, security, loses his pension, lose intelligence briefings (Never read them anyway, and wouldn’t understand them if he did) and on and on. Plus even if he hadn’t been impeached, New York’s Attorneys General can and will go after him with criminal charges of tax fraud that will most likely put him in prison for a long, long time IF the 74 year old Morbidly obese clown lives that long.

      1. I’m treasonous ? You’re an idiot… Do you really think he cares about losing his pension ? Guess you forgot about him donating his salary for four years.
        Prison ? The liberals have been promising to remove Trump from office and imprison him for over four years. How’s that workin out for you ? Just another in the long
        list of broken promises and failures…

        1. Yes. Absolutely yes. I have read a few of your posts and yes, you and your kind are traitors. No way to slice and dice that. How much bull did we have to listen to about Obama playing golf? Wasn’t Mexico supposed to pay for the wall? If you weren’t so dumb you’d be funny.

          1. Well Mr. Neurotic, if you have read some of my other comments then you should know that I have said numerous times that I don’t agree with a lot of things that Trump did, and I especially don’t agree with many of the things that he said…
            The difference is, he had a lot of great ideas and unlike many of the liberal Presidents we have had, he actually tried to accomplish those things.
            Democrats make a lot of promises, but then they conveniently forget about
            them, or just make up excuses about why they can’t accomplish them…
            Because you seem to have trouble understanding the meaning of words, maybe this will make it easier for you…
            https://www.bing.com/search?q=treason&qs=EP&pq=treas&sk=LS3&sc=8-5&cvid=FC67C4F4CDAB46C0A456814A767AADA2&FORM=QBLH

        2. It’s easy to donate Your measley $400,000.00 annual salary for 4 years when you when you bilk the American Taxpayers out of 334 YEARS of Presidential salary to golf at his own courses, which includes doubling or tripling the normal room rates for the secret service detail guarding him. All scam artist, ALL the time.

          1. So I guess with the millions that Biden and his coke nosed, hooker lovin’,
            dirt bag kid made in their little overseas “business dealings” in the Ukraine
            while he was V.P, we should expect to see Biden donating all of his salary ?
            Only seems right because we all know that $400,000 a year is just a drop in the bucket when you have blackmailed, and probably still is, at least one foreign Government for millions, and he did all of that while he was a lowly V.P.
            Just imagine how many people he will blackmail and screw over once he actually becomes President… Honestly I’m sure he already started rebuilding his web of corruption once the election results were official, and of course his token V.P has been drooling at the potential of getting involved and getting her share of the millions ever since she was nominated.
            Don’t talk to me about crooked dealings and corruption because the liberals wrote the book on it…

  3. I like the idea of the House waiting 100+ days before sending it over to the Senate. No real reason to rush it through as he is already gone. Let the distraction of the trial wait until after the Biden administration is staffed and rolling.

  4. Why is it camela hairyiss can say riots could and should continue past the election and there isn’t this faux outcry??? Also, why is trump blamed when the first fence was taken down 20 minutes before his speech ended? They listening on bluetooth or something?

      1. There no proof for any of it, its just whatever line is echoing around am radio today, just like the this concept that their rebellion started BEFORE the trump speech was over, like that makes it ok or something… more baby talk for baby minds

    1. Indeed, and all the people who terrorized our country for months and the politicians who encouraged them.
      Or maybe justice is only for one party, if so we are finished as a nation.

  5. “I am the greatest President that ever lived! I accomplished more impeachments than any other President in history, all the other Presidents who were impeached could only do it once – total losers!”

  6. Good, now go after all the politicians who gave their nobs of approval while our country was shredded by millions of Black Lives Matter activists, cities burned, businesses looted, lives lost. We all know it’s true, we watched it happen, don’t say it didn’t happen, you know who you are.
    Many of those communities will not recover for years if ever, many of them are black communities but nobody really cares, not really. Politicians got woke points and that’s all that really matters in the end.

  7. Everybody is saying it.

    tRump is the dumbest of the dumb and if he could just keep his mouth shut and let experts do their jobs he would be starting a second term.

    Thank God he isn’t.

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