A majority of the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to advance legislation that would impeach President Donald Trump.
As such, the House charged 45 with high crimes (again) - and now, the Senate will have to take the matter up among themselves. either voting to convict, or acquit. Aides explained they had been warned that armed groups could attempt to disrupt President-elect Joe Biden's January 20 inauguration.
Ten Republicans joined Democrats in voting to impeach the president on Wednesday. The mob disrupted the formal certification of Biden's victory over Trump in the November 3 election, sent lawmakers into hiding and left five people dead, including a police officer.
He noted that the Democrats have "always hated Trump" and now that he is "wounded" after last week's violence at the Capitol, they are taking their chance at forcing him out. Minnesota's two Democratic senators, Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, both voted to remove Trump previous year following House impeachment, and both have said since last week's Capitol attack that he no longer deserves to be in office.
"Mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for".
A frequent Trump critic, Kinzinger said Trump broke his oath of office by inciting his supporters to insurrection and used his position to attack the legislative branch of government.
Security was exceptionally tight at the Capitol with shocking images of massed National Guard troops, secure perimeters around the complex, and metal-detector screenings required for lawmakers entering the House chamber.
McConnell also saw House Democrats' drive to impeach Trump as an opportune moment to distance the GOP from the tumultuous, divisive outgoing president, according to the strategist, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe private conversations.
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The president's impeachment was never in doubt.
Four Republicans - Dan Crenshaw (TX), Chip Roy (TX), Nancy Mace (SC), and John Curtis (UT) - abstained from the vote.
Shortly before the House's final vote, he issued a written statement calling on his supporters not to engage in any more violence in the rounds of new protests planned for the coming days. The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. "It's the only way to defeat fear".
During a brief trip to the U.S. -Mexico border on Tuesday, he offered those who support impeachment an ominous warning: "Be careful what you wish for".
A spokesman for McConnell said he had informed Democrats that he would block their effort to quickly call the chamber back into emergency session to put Trump on trial.
Mr Trump, a Republican, is the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.
The president has indicated that he would run for office again in 2024, however, an impeachment and conviction vote by the two-thirds of the Senate would open him up to a congressional ban on running for federal office.
The House impeached Trump after he ignored calls for his resignation and Pence rebuffed Democratic demands to invoke a constitutional provision to remove the president. The House voted 229-198 in 2019 to impeach him on a charge of obstructing Congress, and by 230-197 to impeach him on the charge that he had abused power. Against the backdrop of a fortified Capitol, his supporters in Congress got to work early to try to keep Republican defectors to a minimum, looking to prevent a jailbreak of party lawmakers dismayed with Trump's role inspiring the insurrection.