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Updated at 5:20 PM ET.
The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to impeach President Trump over the charges. “High crime and misdemeanor”, especially for inciting an uprising against the federal government at the US Capitol.
Just a week before he left his current office, Trump became the first U.S. president to be sued twice.
Wednesday’s vote came a week after Trump supporters stormed government agencies in a tumultuous scene that left many deaths.
Ten Republicans destroyed the bipartisan position to vote in support of the impeachment, including Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney, who chaired the Republican convention.
“This wouldn’t have happened without the president,” Cheney said in a statement on Tuesday describing her vote. “The president can intervene to stop the violence immediately and seriously, he cannot. There has never been a betrayal of the President of the United States in his office and an oath to the Constitution”
The House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump, with four GOP abstentions after hours of debate equally divided between the parties. Due to tight schedules, many lawmakers are allocated minutes or less to determine their positions.
The Democratic Party-led House sanctions a new blame in the same room, where a week ago Congressmen fled the wave of president-provoked riots and false claims that fraudulent electoral processes made President Joe Biden.
Calling January 6 the “day of the fire we all experience,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Said it follows Trump’s continued efforts to spread the unreality of voting. In 2020 and influence the state election officials to overturn the results.
The prosecution, Pelosi said, was “a constitutional way to ensure the republic is safe from this man who was determined to destroy what we love and hold us together.”
Many Republicans who voted against the measure criticized the impeachment process as being rushed and opposed. But impeachment supporters say Trump’s efforts to get Congress to stop endorsing the election results spurred terrorism in the country, making the president ineligible to serve.
In his speech, R-California home chief Kevin McCarthy tried to strike a balance between blaming Trump for his role in fanfare of the protest’s devotion to the uprising. And speaking against impeachment
“The president is responsible for Wednesday’s attacks against Congress by rioters,” McCarthy said. “He should condemn the mob immediately upon seeing what is unfolded.”
But McCarthy, who opposed the endorsement of the college’s election results, said that instead of suing Trump, Congress should set up a fact-finding committee and consider formally blaming the president.
As lawmakers debated the impeachment, the White House released a statement Trump called for peace. He made no reference to the actions of the council. But it’s a new protest of pro-Trump plans to take place next week.
“As more marches are reported, I urge no violence, no violations of the law and no annihilation,” Trump said. “That’s not what I stand for, and not what America means. All Americans help relieve tension and calm emotions.
The Democratic-led House first accused Trump in December 2019 for his role in the Ukraine story. On Tuesday, the president called for another “ridiculous” movement to impeach him.
If the Senate votes to convict Trump – an outcome still far from certainty – he could be barred from serving in the federal office any longer. The impeachment hearing will not begin before Biden was sworn in office on Jan. 20, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office said Wednesday that the House, which Republicans currently hold, would not. Meeting again until the transfer of powers is completed.
The prosecution article, set out in House Resolution 24, states that:
- “Ahead of a joint Congress meeting held on January 6, 2021 to count the college’s presidential elections, Trump issued a series of false statements, arguing that the results of the presidential election were fraudulent and not. Should be recognized by the American people or certified by Government or federal officials
- “Shortly before the joint meeting began, President Trump reiterated false claims against the crowd near the White House and deliberately made public statements to support crowds and is expected to result in illegal actions. Parliament
- “Members of the mob, incited by President Trump, illegally violate and destroy government agencies and engage in other violent, destructive and inciting acts, including the killing of law enforcement officials.
- “President Trump’s behavior on Jan. 6, 2021 follows previous attempts to overturn and block the endorsement of the presidential election, including a phone call threatening Georgia Secretary of State on Jan. 2, 2021.
- “President Trump is seriously detrimental to the security of the United States and the institutions of governance, threatening the integrity of democratic systems, interfering with peaceful transitions of power and destroying an equal government and
- “As a result of this behavior, President Trump warrants the impeachment and trial to remove his office and disqualify his tenure in the United States.”