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Donald Trump is charged for the second time following a bipartisan vote


The House voted 232-197 Wednesday to indict President Donald Trump for a second time on "incitement to insurrection" exactly one week after the MAGA mob stormed Capitol Hill.

Ten Republicans joined the Democratic majority, making the House's move non-partisan – in contrast to Trump's first impeachment trial less than 13 months ago.

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would not bring the Senate back until January 19, the day before President-elect Joe Biden took office. It means Trump cannot be removed from office before he leaves anyway.

HOUSE REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED "YES" TO IMPEACHMENT

Liz Cheney – Wyoming. Republican royalty and house number 3

"There has never been a major betrayal of his office and his oath on the Constitution by a President of the United States."

Adam Kinzinger – Illinois. Outspoken Trump critic and Air Force veteran

"If these acts are not worthy of impeachment, what is a criminal offense?"

John Katko – New York. Holds Swing District and co-chairs moderate group

"Allowing the President of the United States to instigate this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy."

Fred Upton – Michigan. 14-year-old representative who chairs the moderate group

"It's time to say: enough is enough."

Jaime Herrera Beutler – Washington

Five-term representative in deep blue state

& # 39; The President of the United States has caused an uproar. This uprising resulted in five deaths. & # 39;

Dan Newhouse – Washington

One of only two GOP representatives from the state

"Turning a blind eye to this brutal attack on our Republican is not an option."

Peter Meijer – Michigan

Holds Gerald Ford's seat

"There was no such courage from our president who betrayed and misled millions."

Tom Rice – South Carolina

Voted to overturn the election results

“I supported this president through thick and thin for four years. This utter failure is inexcusable. & # 39;

Anthony Gonzalez – Ohio

"The President of the United States helped organize and instigate a mob to attack the United States Congress to prevent us from performing our solemn duties."

Former NFL starting wide receiver

David Valadao – California

His stimulating rhetoric was un-American, hateful and absolutely punishable. It is time to put the country above politics. "

Reclaimed District of Dems in 2020

McConnell's move was revealed when the House was debating the impeachment article. He then added a statement to the drama suggesting he could condemn and said, “Although the press has been full of speculation, I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when submitted to the Senate. & # 39;

Just before he went down in history as the first president to be charged twice, the White House issued a statement from Trump calling for peace but not addressing his impeachment.

In view of the reports of further demonstrations, I urge that there be NO violence, NO violations of the law and NO vandalism of any kind. That's not what I stand for, and that's not what America stands for. I urge ALL Americans to ease tension and calm down. Thank you, ”said the President's statement.

Later, after the impeachment vote, Trump released a video message.

The call for calm did nothing to quell a Republican uprising against him, led by Liz Cheney, house number three, which ended with a total of 10 GOP members voting against Trump.

Midway through the debate, another defiant Republican, Rep. Dan Newhouse of Washington, said: “Turning a blind eye to this brutal attack on our republic is not an option.

“A vote against impeachment is a vote to affirm this unacceptable violence that we have witnessed in our nation's capital. It's also a vote to condone President Trump's inaction. He neither condemned the attack nor called for reinforcements when our officers were overwhelmed. & # 39;

"Our country needed a leader, and President Trump failed to keep his oath of office," added Newhouse. His keynote speech received democratic applause.

The 10 votes make the impeachment the most bipartisan of all time, another historic marker that also creates a deep split in the Republican party that is unlikely to end with Trump's departure.

The vote ended with the chairmanship of Nancy Pelosi, the House spokeswoman, who explained the number from 232 to 197 – but with silence from the Democrats and a handful of Republicans still present. Pelosi had warned its members not to celebrate the result.

"We are broken about what this means for our country," Pelosi said at the inauguration ceremony for the article of impeachment that took place on Wednesday evening. "To have a president who calls for insurrection."

She said she "sadly" signed the documents.

A day of debate ended when Pelosi had described Trump as a "clear and present danger" when Democrats said they were at a "crime scene" and asked Trump to pay a price for a campaign of "lies and conspiracy theories" that had stirred up violence.

Trump's Republican allies did not defend Trump's behavior, but instead censored the president or started a 9/11 style commission, which were more reasonable penalties for someone who had already resigned.

Rep. Chip Roy, a Republican from Texas, went so far as to say that Trump's behavior was incontestable but disagreed with the article, calling it "flawed."

The republican uprising was up Led by Cheney, number three in the caucus and party king as the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

She had fiery denounced Trump when she announced her voice 24 hours earlier and said he had "lit the flame of insurrection" but did not speak on the ground.

In the Senate, which must hold a post-vote trial of Trump once he receives the article, McConnell's announcement that he is ready to be tried raises new questions about how Republicans will vote when the trial takes place.

So far, only Senator Mitt Romney seems sure to support the conviction, while Senator Lindsey accused Graham McConnell on Wednesday of risking more violence by helping the impeachment. No other Republican senator has made his position public.

The impeachment takes place with a two-thirds majority in the Senate, which basically means that the 50 Democrats must be supported by 17 Republicans. In fact, however, it's only a majority of those in attendance, which means that some GOP members could stay away to hold a vote, go through without actively participating.

In a statement, Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Senate minority, urged McConnell to reconvene the Senate earlier – but said there would definitely be a trial.

"A trial against the Senate can begin immediately, with the approval of the current Senate Majority Leader, to convene the Senate for an emergency session, or it will begin after January 19th," said Schumer.

'But make no mistake, there will be impeachment proceedings in the United States Senate; There is a vote on the conviction of the president for high crimes and offenses. and if the president is convicted, a vote will be taken to stop him walking. & # 39;

Bring the hammer down: Nancy Pelosi proposes the end of the vote, stating that Donald Trump has been indicted again 232-197-10 of the majority vote are from Republicans

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signs the impeachment article against President Donald Trump at a formal ceremony following the vote on Wednesday night

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signs the impeachment article against President Donald Trump at a formal ceremony following the vote on Wednesday night

House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi holds up the impeachment article after signing it at a cover-up ceremony on Capitol Hill Wednesday night

House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi holds up the impeachment article after signing it at a cover-up ceremony on Capitol Hill Wednesday night

The article of the impeachment of President Donald Trump lies on a table in front of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, after the vote on Wednesday at a deepening ceremony

The article of the impeachment of President Donald Trump lies on a table in front of the Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi after the vote on Wednesday at a deepening ceremony

Photographers lean over the impeachment article on Capitol Hill Wednesday, trying to get a good shot ahead of an indentification ceremony with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Photographers lean over the impeachment article on Capitol Hill Wednesday, trying to get a good shot ahead of an indentification ceremony with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Republican House number three Liz Cheney (right) led 10 of the House's GOPs to vote for impeachment - but is now facing backlash from Trump ultra-loyalists. She was seen speaking to Jamie Raskin, one of the key Democrats pushing for Trump's impeachment and removal

Republican House Number Three's Liz Cheney (right) led 10 of the House's GOP to vote for impeachment – but is now facing backlash from Trump ultra-loyalists. She was seen speaking to Jamie Raskin, a key Democrat in pushing for Trump's impeachment and removal

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IMPEACHMENT SCHEDULE

Wednesday afternoon: House passed a single article

What happens next? Nancy Pelosi will decide when the article will be forwarded to the Senate. If she does, she has to start the negotiation the next day of the session and sit six days a week until it ends

Tuesday, January 19: Earliest date Mitch McConnell said the Senate could begin review of the item. Senate proceedings can mean that the process does not begin until 1 p.m. on the following day

Wednesday, January 20, noon: Trump leaves office

What happens next? If a test is running, it can be continued. Most legal experts say if it hasn't started it can, but there is a minority who say the impeachment cannot proceed if the president is out of office

Representative Tom Cole, who was the first GOP legislator to speak, opposed a hasty impeachment vote, "not because the president's inappropriate and inconsiderate words deserve a defense, but because the presidency itself demands due process." Cole himself voted to reverse the election results.

Republicans also warned against indicting Trump a second time, which would only exacerbate partisan hostilities.

"This is a ruthless impeachment," complained Missouri Republican Jason Smith. "This will only create the hatred and fire more than ever."

Republican MP Andy Biggs of Arizona accused the Democrats of wanting "the total destruction of your archenemy".

"Instead of stopping the Trump train, its movement is getting stronger because you would have martyred it," warned Biggs.

Democrats described the terror of last week's attack.

"We're discussing this resolution on an actual crime scene and we wouldn't be here without the President of the United States," said Rep. Jim McGovern, a Massachusetts Democrat.

“People texted their loved ones, telling them that they loved them. They thought they were going to say goodbye, ”he added.

Democratic MP Jamie Raskin, the House's chief impeachment manager, called the rioters a "bloodthirsty mob".

"They wounded dozens of people and hospitalized dozens of people," he said. "They may have been looking for Pence and Pelosi to carry out their coup, but any of us in this room could just have died."

Rep. Joaquin Castro repeated Raskin's description.

& # 39; Let me ask you a question? What would they have done if they had come in? What would they have done to you? And who do you think sent them here? & # 39; he asked his colleagues. "The most dangerous man to ever occupy the Oval Office."

MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, speaking in front of an InstagramLive audience Tuesday night since she voted on proxy, "I can tell you I had a very close encounter that thought I was going to die."

"I didn't know if I would make it to the end of this day alive," said the high profile progressive lawmaker.

On Wednesday, the Democrats pointed to the high profile Republican raid: the Republican of House No. 3, Cheney.

Cheney, the leader of the Republican Conference, interfered with Trump in her statement, saying he lit the flame of insurrection – and the Democrats repeated what they said to the Republicans.

House Democrat No. 3, Rep. Jim Clyburn, enters the Capitol, which is surrounded by members of the National Guard

House Democrat No. 3, Rep. Jim Clyburn, enters the Capitol, which is surrounded by members of the National Guard

National Guard armed forces are seen outside the U.S. Capitol building as members of a debate that will indict President Donald Trump for the second time in 13 months

National Guard armed forces are seen outside the U.S. Capitol building as members of a debate that will indict President Donald Trump for the second time in 13 months

Republican MP Jim Jordan, a top Trump ally, speaks on the floor of the house on Wednesday as the impeachment process began

Republican MP Jim Jordan, a top Trump ally, speaks on the floor of the house on Wednesday as the impeachment process began

HOUSE REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED "YES" TO IMPEACHMENT

Liz Cheney – Wyoming. Republican royalty and house number 3

"There has never been a major betrayal of his office and his oath on the Constitution by a President of the United States."

Adam Kinzinger – Illinois. Outspoken Trump critic and Air Force veteran

"If these acts are not worthy of impeachment, what is a criminal offense?"

John Katko – New York. Holds Swing District and co-chairs moderate group

"Allowing the President of the United States to instigate this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy."

Fred Upton – Michigan. 14-year-old representative who co-chairs the moderate group

"It's time to say: enough is enough."

Jaime Herrera Beutler – Washington

Five-year representative in deep blue condition

& # 39; The President of the United States has caused an uproar. This uprising resulted in five deaths. & # 39;

Dan Newhouse – Washington

One of only two GOP representatives from the state

"Turning a blind eye to this brutal attack on our Republican is not an option."

Peter Meijer – Michigan

Holds Gerald Ford's seat

"There was no such courage from our president who betrayed and misled millions."

Tom Rice – South Carolina

Voted to overturn the election results

“I supported this president through thick and thin for four years. This utter failure is inexcusable. & # 39;

Anthony Gonzalez – Ohio

"The President of the United States helped organize and instigate a mob to attack the United States Congress to prevent us from performing our solemn duties."

Former NFL starting wide receiver

David Valadao – California

His stimulating rhetoric was un-American, hateful and absolutely punishable. It is time to put the country above politics. "

Reclaimed District of Dems in 2020

"There has never been a major betrayal of his office and his oath on the Constitution by a President of the United States," she said.

The decision to support the impeachment by Cheney, a member of the Republican royal family, daughter of Dick Cheney, and to be seen as a future candidate for the leadership of the Party House and chairmanship of the spokesman, means that the impeachment would be non-partisan.

On Wednesday, Democrats referred to Cheney's testimony to prove they were right.

Democratic No. 2 Rep. Steny Hoyer recited Cheney's words when it was his turn to speak.

"This is not an irresponsible new member of the United States Congress," Hoyer said. "This is the daughter of the former Republican Whip and former Vice President of the United States of America."

"She knows what she's talking about," argued Hoyer.

Cheney never gave her own speech.

Reps Jim Jordan and Paul Gosar, two of the GOP House's best allies with Trump, pushed for Cheney to be removed from her leadership position.

JIM JORDAN SAYS DEMOCRATS WANT TO & # 39; CANCEL THE PRESIDENT & # 39;

Jordan gave two fiery speeches on Wednesday.

He yelled & # 39; 19 minutes! & # 39; Hooked into the microphone Wednesday afternoon, accusing Democrats of waiting just 19 minutes in the Trump administration to begin the impeachment hunt.

He said the Democrats are looking for a deportation again because "the politics and the fact that they want to turn the president off".

"This is about getting the President of the United States," said Jordan.

"They spied on his campaign before he was elected. 19 minutes into his presidency, they started impeachment, three years of Mueller investigations, 19 lawyers, 40 agents, 500 witnesses, 2,500 subpoenas, $ 40 million to find nothing "continued Jordan.

The Ohio Republican said the "round one" impeachment was based on information from a "biased" whistleblower.

"Now it's impeachment round two," he said. “It was always about getting the president, no matter what. It's an obsession, an obsession that has now expanded. It's no longer just a matter of impeachment, it's also about canceling the president … canceling, ”argued Jordan.

"IT BREAKS MY HEART," SAYS HOME SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI

Pelosi, who opened the debate on formal impeachment articles, said she was not happy to watch the move.

“I don't enjoy saying that, it breaks my heart. It should break your heart. It should break our hearts, ”said the top democrat.

Pelosi encouraged the Senate to act, describing the president as a "clear and present threat".

I believe the President must be condemned by the Senate, a constitutional tool that will ensure that the Republic is safe from this man was so determined to tear down the things we hold dear and hold together, ”she said.

It also hit those involved in the uprising.

These insurgents were not patriots. They were not part of a political base that was supposed to be maintained and administered. They were domestic terrorists and justice has to prevail, "the House spokesman said.

TOP HOUSE REPUBLICAN DOES NOT SAY ANTIFA RESPONSIBLE

Pelosi's Republican counterpart, Kevin McCarthy, minority chairman of the House of Representatives, let other, more pro-Trump members speak, before turning on the floor and clearing up some right-wing misinformation.

"Some say the unrest was caused by Antifa," said McCarthy. & # 39; There is absolutely no evidence of this. And conservatives should be the first to say that, ”he advised.

McCarthy said he intended to vote no on impeachment because it was too hasty.

"I think it would be a mistake to indict the president in such a short time," argued McCarthy. & # 39; No investigations have been completed. No hearings were held. & # 39;

"In addition, the Senate has confirmed that no trial will begin until President-elect Biden is sworn in," added McCarthy, nodding to the latest McConnell news.

TRUMPS TOP ALLIES POINT FINGERS BACK TO DEMOCRATS

Most of the Republicans who lined up to speak were Trump hardliners – pointing out what they viewed as Democratic hypocrisy.

& # 39; The left in America has incited far more political violence than the right for months. Our cities burned down police stations or shops were destroyed. And they didn't say anything, ”shouted Rep. Matt Gaetz.

“Well, they lit real flames. Actual fires, ”exclaimed Gaetz.

This comment aroused the democratic side.

Rep. Ken Buck compared the attack on the Capitol to Trump administration officials harassed in restaurants.

"The spokeswoman Sarah Sanders was kicked out of a restaurant as a Trump employee, and the DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen molested her in her house," said Buck on the floor.

Nielsen was faced with a crowd in a DC restaurant about the Trump administration's child segregation policy.

Rep. Lauren Boebert, who has openly supported the QAnon conspiracy theory, called for "accountability on the left".

"After encouraging and normalizing violence," she said.

“I call bull shit when I hear the Democrats calling for unity. Unfortunately, they are only united in hatred, ”she burst.

The other "QAnon Congressman", Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, made her bottom-up remarks wearing a "REDACTED" mask.

Rep. Brian Mast, a Republican from Florida, paused dramatically to make his point clear.

"Was any of those people who brought violence to this capital city to answer if they did it because of our President?" Asked Mast.

He went unanswered for 30 seconds until his time was up. "It seems I won't get an answer," he said.

Washington State Republican Dan Newhouse became the sixth GOP member to say he would vote to indict President Donald Trump

Washington State Republican Dan Newhouse became the sixth GOP member to say he would vote to indict President Donald Trump

(SOME) REPUBLICANS REVOLT

Together with Cheney, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois voted for the impeachment article prepared by the Democrats. John Katko from New York, Fred Upton from Michigan, Jaime Herrera Beutler from Washington, Rep. Dan Newhouse from Washington, Peter Meijer from Michigan, Tom Rice from South Carolina and Anthony Gonzalez from Ohio.

"My vote against our sitting president is not a fear-based decision," said Herrera Beutler during her speech. "I don't choose a side that I choose, it's the only way to defeat fear."

Newhouse announced on Wednesday in the middle of the debate that he would vote yes to impeachment.

"Turning a blind eye to this brutal attack on our republic is not an option," said Newhouse.

"A vote against impeachment is a vote to affirm this unacceptable violence that we have witnessed in the capital of our nation," Newhouse said in a statement. & # 39; It's also a vote to condone President Trump's inaction. He neither condemned the attack nor called for reinforcements when our officers were overwhelmed. & # 39;

"Our country needed a leader, and President Trump failed to keep his oath of office," added Newhouse.

His remarks were welcomed on the floor of the house.

Cheney's decision came minutes after McConnell learned that Trump had committed criminal acts.

The New York Times bombshell was still reverberating in Washington DC as the House began its 25th amendment debate – and as it ended Tuesday night, Axios reported that McConnell was leaning towards a vote to condemn the president, and was more than 50 years old / 50 & # 39; on it.

Cheney spoke to Raskin Tuesday night as he led the Democrats advocating a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from power.

The house passed on late Tuesday despite Pence sending a letter to House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi saying he would refuse.

Hundreds of National Guard troops slept on the stone floor of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday morning as security increased in Washington a week after Joe Biden's inauguration

Hundreds of National Guard troops slept on the stone floor of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday morning as security increased in Washington a week after Joe Biden's inauguration

The troops spread in the rotunda of the US Capitol on Wednesday morning

The troops spread in the rotunda of the US Capitol on Wednesday morning

The troops rocked their weapons and huddled as they slept in the Capitol on Wednesday

The troops rocked their weapons and huddled as they slept in the Capitol on Wednesday

In a vote that ended around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the House voted between 223 and 205 for the adoption of the resolution that the vice president's hand cannot enforce.

"I do not believe that such an approach is in the best interests of our nation or in accordance with the Constitution," Pence said in his letter to Pelosi, refusing to pull the trigger on the 25th.

Last week, I did not give in to pressure to put pressure beyond my constitutional authority to determine the outcome of the election, and I will not give in to efforts in the House now to play political games at a time that is so serious in life is our nation, ”added Pence.

Pence's letter came while the House was holding procedural votes on the resolution.

No Republicans joined until the final vote – and Rep. Adam Kinzinger joined the Democrats to get Pence to take advantage of the 25th.

Trump ultra-loyalist Jim Jordan says he will attempt to oust Liz Cheney from her position as the number three house of the party in revenge for the election to charge the president

Jim Jordan said he did republican Remove Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position for trying to indict the President Donald Trump.

"I think she's completely wrong," said Jordan. "The conference should have a second vote on it," said the Ohio The Republican told reporters he believed lawmakers should have a say in removing Cheney from her No. 3 position.

Republican MP Paul Gosar, another top ally of Trump, handed out a petition to GOP members urging Cheney to be removed, C-SPAN and CNN reported.

The House Republican Caucus held leadership elections for the 117th Congress on November 17, two weeks after election day.

Cheney was re-elected chairman of the Republican Conference and ran freely for the position.

On Tuesday she announced that she would join the Democratic majority and vote to charge Trump with "inciting insurrection".

In an explosive statement, former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter tied up in Trump and said he lit the flame of the insurrection.

"There has never been a major betrayal of his office and oath on the Constitution by a President of the United States," said Cheney.

Four other members of the GOP House have announced that they will vote for Trump's impeachment: MPs Adam Kinzinger, Fred Upton, John Katko and Jaime Herrera Beutler.

Jordan was speaking to reporters from Capitol Hill, unsure if there was any mechanism to remove a member from the leadership.

"I don't know – it's just where I am," he told the press.

When asked whether the conservative Freedom Caucus, of which Jordan is the leader, supports the eviction of Cheney, Jordan sarcastically replied, "What do you think?"

& # 39; You know the answer. You know the answer to that question, ”he went on. & # 39; Of course. & # 39;

Jordan was also asked if the Republicans had a "cohesive leadership team" with whom the House minority leaders, Kevin McCarthy and Cheney, appear to be in direct conflict. "Leader McCarthy and Whip Scalise did a great job," replied Jordan.

Rep. Steve Scalise is the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives. Jordan was recently awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom behind closed doors by Trump. Both voted to overturn the election.

This was the site of an impeachment debate and vote on Wednesday, which is completely different from the first impeachment vote on October 31, 2019.

Then the only non-democratic vote was from Justin Amash, who was essentially expelled from the Republican Party before casting it at all.

But after a day in which they feared for their lives, the mood in Congress had quickly changed.

LINDSEY GRAHAM IN BITTER PUBLIC SPLIT WITH MITCH MCCONNELL ABOUT IMPEACHMENT

Lindsey Graham slammed Mitch McConnell and other Republican Senate leaders Wednesday as the House opened the debate against President Donald Trump for a second time.

In a lengthy statement made the day after Graham traveled to Texas with President Trump to visit a new section of the border wall, the Senator argued, "The last thing the country needs is an impeachment trial against a president, who resigns in a week. & # 39;

Graham, a staunch ally of Trump, warned of another impeachment trial that "could encourage further violence" and condemned the Democrats for seeking "impeachment".

Senator Lindsey Graham literally jumped back on the Trump plane on Tuesday as he escorted the President of Air Force One to Texas

Senator Lindsey Graham literally jumped back on the Trump plane on Tuesday as he escorted the President of Air Force One to Texas

& # 39; The House impeachment process seeks to legitimize a premature impeachment that is completely devoid of due process. No hearings. No witnesses. It's a rushed process that will pose a threat to future presidents over time. I fear the Senate leadership is making the problem worse, not improving it, ”he said.

Graham literally jumped back on the Trump plane on Tuesday while escorting the President of Air Force One to Texas.

Statement by Senator Lindsey Graham

Supporting President Trump's impeachment in these circumstances will do great harm to government institutions and could encourage further violence at a time when the president is calling for calm. If there was a time for America's political leaders to bow down a knee and seek God's advice and guidance, it is now. The most important thing leaders must do in times of crisis is to make things better, not worse.

& # 39; The process used in the House to indict President Trump is an affront to any concept of due process and will continue to divide the country. The president, who will step down in less than a week, has pledged to an orderly transfer of power to promote calm and oppose violence.

& # 39; The House impeachment process seeks to legitimize a premature impeachment which is completely devoid of due process. No hearings. No witnesses. It's a rushed process that will pose a threat to future presidents over time. I fear the Senate leadership is making the problem worse, not improving it.

“The last thing the country needs is an impeachment trial against a president who is leaving in a week.

The Democrats have already charged the president on a matter that was not worth trial. Now they are trying again, believing that these efforts will wash down for history the fact that the first impeachment was based on the tiniest of charges: a phone call with the leader of Ukraine. Impeachment should never be a do-over, but that's what Democrats want to do today.

“My Republican colleagues who legitimize this process are not only damaging the country, the future of the presidency, but also the party. The millions who have supported President Trump and his agenda should not be demonized for the despicable acts of a seditious mob. Those who took part in the storming of the Capitol should face the full force of the law. You should and will be held accountable. & # 39;

The trip comes after Graham broke up with the President last Wednesday and refused to join a Trump-backed effort to contest the number of electoral colleges in the hours following the MAGA uprising.

"All I can say is do the math, enough is enough," Graham then told his Senate colleagues. "When it's over, it's over."

But its melody changed.

Graham called out Republicans voting for impeachment on Wednesday. Ten members of the Republican House supported the indictment against Trump on charges that he violated his oath of office by inciting the insurgent crowd that attacked the Capitol on Wednesday.

"My Republican colleagues who legitimize this process are damaging not only the country, the future of the presidency, but also the party," said Graham.

The House approved impeachment proceedings against Trump on Wednesday afternoon, 232-197.

Senate Republican leaders were debating whether to initiate a lawsuit Friday to remove him from office, a source familiar with the concerns told Reuters.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ruled that out.

“ Given the Senate rules, procedures and precedents governing impeachment proceedings against presidents, there is simply no chance a fair or serious trial will be completed before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week. The Senate has carried out three impeachment proceedings against the President. They lasted 83 days, 37 days and 21 days, respectively, ”he said in a statement following the House vote.

Even if the Senate process started this week and proceeded immediately, no final judgment would be reached until President Trump resigned from office. This is not a decision that I am making; it's a fact. The president-elect himself stated last week that his inauguration on January 20 would be the "quickest" way to change president, "he noted.

He said the process would begin after Biden took the oath of office.

"Given this reality, I believe that it will best serve our nation if Congress and the executive branch focus the next seven days on facilitating a safe inauguration and an orderly transfer of power to the future Biden administration," said McConnell.

Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Senate minority, had pressured McConnell to agree to bring the Senate back early in urgent circumstances – to no avail.

This means that the first days of Biden's presidency will begin with the indictment against his predecessor.

If Trump were charged, he would not be able to run for president again. Several Republican senators are believed to be considering presidential offers in 2024.

To indict Trump, it takes a two-thirds majority to convict him.

Ohio Republican Jim Jordan criticized the Democrats' efforts to get Vice President Mike Pence to use the 25th amendment. He also complained about the House's new fines for lawmakers who don't wear masks - and the metal detectors outside the chamber of the house

Ohio Republican Jim Jordan criticized the Democrats' efforts to get Vice President Mike Pence to use the 25th amendment. He also complained about the House's new fines for lawmakers who don't wear masks – and the metal detectors outside the chamber of the house

HOW TRUMPS'S SECOND INJURY DEVELOPS

The House is expected to indict President Donald Trump for encouraging supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol. That vote would make him the first American president to be tried twice.

While the previous three impeachments – those of Presidents Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton and Trump – took months to go to a final vote, including investigations and hearings, this time it will only have lasted a week. Following the riot in the Capitol, House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said "we need to take action," and Democrats – and some Republicans – share her view ahead of Wednesday's vote.

Currently, the Republican-led Senate is not expected to hold a trial and vote on whether to convict Trump before Democrat Joe Biden is sworn in as president on Jan. 20. Still, Democrats believe that Parliament's actions would send an important message to the country.

A look at what will happen as the House nears the indictment against Trump in his final week in office:

THE BASICS OF IMPEACHMENT:

In normal order, there would be an impeachment investigation and the evidence would be sent to the House Judiciary Committee, which would hold hearings, draft articles, and send them around the House. It happened in 2019 when the House indicted Trump over his dealings with the President of Ukraine. It took three months.

This time, with so few days to act – and feeling among Democrats that there is little need to investigate what happened, as most of the Congressmen heard Trump speak to his supporters and were in the Capitol when the mob broke in -, impeachment will be initiated straight to the House Floor for a vote that would come on Wednesday.

Once the House votes for the indictment, the articles and evidence are sent to the Senate, where a trial is held and there are final votes to be convicted or acquitted. That's what the Senate did in early February last year after Trump was first indicted.

THE ARTICLES

The Democrats will begin debating a single impeachment charge on Wednesday: "Incitement to insurrection".

"President Trump has seriously endangered the security of the United States and its government institutions," read the four-page impeachment article introduced by Democrats David Cicilline from Rhode Island, Ted Lieu from California and Jamie Raskin from Maryland.

"He will remain a threat to national security, democracy and the constitution if he is allowed to stay in office," it says.

The article says the behavior is in line with Trump's previous efforts to "undermine and hamper" the election results, and recalls his recent call to the Georgian Foreign Minister saying he wanted him after the loss of the state find more votes after Biden.

Trump has falsely claimed that there was widespread election fraud, and the unsubstantiated claims have been repeated repeatedly by Republicans in Congress and the insurgents who descended on the Capitol. Just before the riot, Trump spoke to supporters near the White House and encouraged them to "fight like hell".

When the protesters broke in, both chambers discussed GOP challenges to the number of votes in Arizona as part of the process of confirming Biden's election victory.

REPUBLICAN SUPPORT

Five Republicans said they would support the impeachment on Tuesday. No Republicans backed Trump's first impeachment in 2019.

Wyoming Republican MP Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives and the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, said she would vote to indict Trump because there has never been any major treason by a President of the United States Office and his oath on the constitution. & # 39;

Cheney said Trump "called" the mob that attacked the Capitol last week, "gathered the mob and lit the flame from that attack."

New York MP John Katko was the first Republican to say he would vote on charges. As a former federal prosecutor, he said he did not take the decision lightly.

"It is a direct threat to the future of our democracy to allow the President of the United States to launch this attack without consequence," said Katko. "I can't sit without doing something."

MPs Adam Kinzinger from Illinois, Fred Upton from Michigan and Jaime Herrera Beutler from Washington also said they would vote for impeachment.

SEND TO THE SENATE

Once the House has passed the articles, Pelosi can decide when to send them to the Senate. According to the current schedule, the Senate won't resume full sessions until January 19, the day before Biden's inauguration.

Some Democrats suggested that Pelosi could wait to air the articles and allow Biden to begin his term with no impeachment hanging over him. But many other Democrats have urged Pelosi to move immediately.

Senate Democratic chairman Chuck Schumer, who will take command after Biden is sworn in, suggested in a letter to colleagues on Tuesday that the chamber take their time between confirming Biden's candidates, approving COVID relief, and the implementation of the process could split.

If the process is not held by the time Trump has already resigned, it could still result in him no longer running for president.

Biden has said it is important to ensure that "the people who riot and threaten life, deface public property, do great harm – that they are held accountable".

SENATE POLICY

Currently, it is unlikely that enough Republicans will vote for a conviction, as it takes two-thirds of the Senate. However, some Republicans have urged Trump to resign, including Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, and few are defending him.

Republican Senator Ben Sasse said he would take a look at House approval but not commit to supporting it.

Other Republicans have said impeachment would be divisive. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, long a key ally of the president, criticized his behavior in sparking the riot but said the impeachment "will do far more harm than good".

Only one Republican voted to condemn Trump last year – Utah Sen. Mitt Romney.

WHAT IMPEACHMENT WOULD MEAN

Democrats say they have to move forward even if the Senate doesn't condemn it.

Bernie Sanders, Senator from Vermont, tweeted Friday that some people might ask why they were trying to indict a president who has only been in office for a few days.

"The answer: precedent," he said. "It must be made clear that no president can now or in the future lead an insurrection against the US government."

In the hours following the uprising, Pence did his constitutional duty and reaffirmed President-elect Joe Biden, which pressured Trump not to do.

"You can either go down in history as a patriot," Trump told Pence by phone before he went to the Capitol on Wednesday, according to The New York Times. "Or you can go down in history as P ****."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled his support for the impeachment, the New York Times reported Tuesday evening

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled his support for the impeachment, the New York Times reported Tuesday evening

Pence was inside when the violent mob was attacked and some Trump supporters shouted, "Hang Mike Pence."

The Times reported that Trump invited Pence to the Oval Office Monday night to try to smooth things out in the run-up to the House's 25th amendment vote.

The official description of the meeting was "good" according to the newspaper.

Unofficial sources called it "insubstantial" and "stilted".

The vote on Tuesday evening on the 25th amendment is considered a starter for the main course on Wednesday: The House is again pursuing the impeachment.

Nowhere in his letter did Pence say he had objected to this move.

Shortly after Pence sent his letter, Pelosi sent out the names of the impeachment managers.

She elected Raskin, who introduced the 25th Amendment resolution, as executive director.

"I think every member of this body should be able to agree that this president does not perform the slightest official duties," argued Raskin on Tuesday evening.

Raskin also warned his peers that Trump might pardon the Capitol Hill attackers during his dwindling days.

Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, recently lost his son.

In addition, Democratic representatives Diana DeGette, David Cicilline, Joaquin Castro, Eric Swalwell, Ted Lieu, Stacey Plaskett, Joe Neguse and Madeleine Dean were selected.

On Tuesday, McConnell had signaled his support for the impeachment effort, which contained an article indicting the president of "inciting insurrection".

The GOP power broker's view surfaced just prior to the announcement by Rep. Liz Cheney, a member of the House's GOP leadership, to vote in favor of the charges against President Trump.

On January 6, 2021, a violent mob attacked the United States Capitol in an attempt to obstruct the process of our democracy and stop the presidential election count. This uprising caused injury, death and destruction in the most sacred space of our republic, ”wrote Cheney, the daughter of the former vice president.

“A lot more will become clear in the days and weeks to come, but what we know now is enough. The President of the United States called this mob together, gathered the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. All that followed was what he did. None of this would have happened without the President. The president could have intervened immediately and forcefully to stop the violence. He did not. A president of the United States has never betrayed his office or his oath on the Constitution more, ”she continued.

"I will vote to indict the president," Cheney concluded.

Neither Cheney nor McConnell supported the Democrats' impeachment efforts a year ago.

McConnell worked successfully to halt impeachment efforts during a trial last year on various counts.

His current view follows reports that McConnell never wants to speak to Trump again after the riot in the Capitol that saw Trump supporters invading the Capitol, destroying leadership offices, and putting lawmakers' lives at risk.

McConnell supports the effort because it will be easier to remove Trump from the party, reports the New York Times.

One feature of impeachment that can stall the Senate and lead to angry partisan arguments is that lawmakers can vote to prohibit the accused from ever holding public office in the U.S. government.

Trump could run for president in 2024, and many of his potential rivals happen to hold Senate seats.

McConnell has made it clear in private discussions that "now is the time to move on to the weakened lame duck he blames for the Republicans' loss of the Senate," the report said.

Trump ignored McConnell's advice and launched his election challenge despite two runoff elections in Georgia that lost the GOP – and took the party out of the majority.

A source said CNN McConnell "hated" Trump and was "angry" with him after the riot at the Capitol.

Five people died in the siege, including a U.S. Capitol police officer stationed on the Senate side.

McConnell's wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, left the Trump Cabinet after the riot, which included an angry mob blocking footsteps from the Senate Chamber door that McConnell uses when he normally walks from his command office.

McConnell's view emerged when Trump called the impeachment a "hoax" and a "witch hunt" and defended his remarks over the riots that the Democrats were already calling incitement. Trump called his speech minutes before the siege "perfectly appropriate".

Cheney's statement denouncing the president comes after Trump told supporters to "get rid of" people like her.

“We have to get rid of the weak congressmen who are not good, the Liz Cheneys of the world. We have to get rid of them, ”said Trump.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, praised her, amid speculation, numerous Republicans of the House of Representatives could follow her example.

“Good for her that she took her oath on us. Would more Republicans keep their oath of office? Asked Pelosi.

GOP MP John Katko also announced that he would support the impeachment on Tuesday evening.

"Allowing the President of the United States to initiate this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy," Katko said in a statement, Syracuse.com reported. “Because of this, I can't watch without doing something. I will vote to indict this president, ”he said.

During the floor debate, Katko said he did not support the resolution on the 25th amendment because it was "non-binding" and called it "just a symbolic gesture".

Katko confirmed his plans to vote for impeachment.

Michigan Republican MP Fred Upton also told Forbes he would vote for the indictment.

As midnight drew near, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler also said she was a yes.

Conviction of Trump on an impeachment article requires a two-thirds vote in the Senate, where Republicans have 50 votes – a high bar.

Assuming passage in the house, It does not specify when the Democratic leaders will forward the impeachment article or when the Senate could pick it up.

A McConnell memo released over the weekend identified planned challenges to impeachment – a trial may not begin until January 19, as the Senate is not in session.

President-elect Joe Biden said Monday there was an opportunity to double-watch an impeachment and Senate meeting required to confirm his cabinet.

Biden called McConnell Monday, according to the Times on a trial, and McConnell said he would consult the Senate MP and come back.

There are rules and precedents for impeachment in the Senate, but leaders might also be able to negotiate a way to deal with it, with the option of a special impeachment committee to take some of the burden.

Trump has continued his usual pattern of attacking political opponents when attacked.

“Freedom of speech is being attacked like never before. The 25th amendment is not a risk to me, but will come back to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden administration. Be careful what you want, ”Trump said Tuesday before lawmakers cast their vote on Tuesday night.

Reports following last Wednesday's riot show that President Trump not only attacked supporters who wreaked havoc in the Capitol, but that he was stuck on television as the events unfolded, unable to respond to desperate requests to influence stopping it and enjoying watching it unfold.

There were two main areas in which the president fell dramatically behind what was asked of him: using his personal popularity with his followers to urge them to leave the Capitol immediately; and use the tremendous powers of his office to seek to expedite a federal response.

But when key current and former aides and family members tried to reach him, he was "busy enjoying the spectacle," according to a Washington Post report.

What Trump said to supporters before they raided the Capitol in a "perfectly reasonable" speech

We're going to have to fight a lot harder

Republicans fight like boxers with their hands cuffed behind their backs. It's like a boxer. And we want to be so nice. We want to be so respectful of everyone, including bad people. And we're going to have to fight a lot harder. & # 39;

We're going down to the Capitol

"We're going down to the Capitol and cheering on our brave senators and congressmen, and we're probably not going to cheer some of them as much because they'll never take our country back with weakness." You have to show strength and you have to be strong.

& # 39; Get harder & # 39; / You can follow completely different rules

“The Republicans have to get tougher. You won't have a Republican Party if you don't get tougher. They just want to play. You want to play so seriously. "The United States, the Constitution doesn't allow me to send you back to the States." Well I would say yes because the Constitution says you have to protect our country and you have to protect our constitution and you can't vote on fraud and fraud breaks everything up, doesn't it? If you catch someone cheating, you can use completely different rules. I hope Mike has the guts to do what he has to do, and I hope he doesn't listen to the RINOs and the stupid people he listens to. If you catch someone cheating, you can use completely different rules. I hope Mike has the courage to do what he has to do and I hope he doesn't listen to the RINOs and the stupid people he listens to. & # 39;

Takes "more courage not to rise"

“I would also like to thank our 13 bravest members of the US Senate … However, I think it will take more courage not to rise, and I think many of these people will find out. And you better start looking at your guidance because your guidance has put you through the tubes. & # 39;

Never admit

& # 39; We will never give up. We will never admit. It doesn't happen. They don't admit when it comes to theft. Our country has enough. & # 39;

On "Fake News" and "Big Tech"

"They manipulated an election, they manipulated it as if they had never manipulated an election before."

“All of us here today don't want our election victory to be stolen by brave and radical left Democrats, which they do, and stolen by the fake news media. They did that and what they do. We will never give up. We will never admit. That does not happen. They don't admit when it comes to theft. "

"We will not take it anymore"

& # 39; Our country has had enough. We won't take it anymore, and that's what this is about. & # 39; And to use a favorite phrase that you all really made up, we're going to stop the theft. & # 39;

Biden's number of votes was denied

& # 39; He had 80 million computer votes. It's a shame. There has never been anything like it. They can take third world countries, just take a look, take third world countries, their choices are more honest than what we've been through in this country. It's a shame. It's a shame. Even if you look at last night, they were all running around like chickens with their heads cut off with boxes and no one knows what the hell is going on. There has not been something like that before. We won't let them silence your voices. We will not allow it. "

(Note: Biden received more than 81 million votes; Trump rounded his own total up to 75 million.)

Require the military and law enforcement agencies to join

"And I would like if those tens of thousands of people were allowed, the military, the intelligence community, and we'd like to thank you – and the police and law enforcement – great, you are doing a great job. But I would love if she could come with us. Is that possible? Can you just let her please? & # 39;

Pressure on Mike Pence: Says it takes & # 39; courage & # 39; to do nothing

“I hope Mike will do the right thing. Hopefully. I hope so, because if Mike Pence does the right thing we will win the election … All Vice President Pence has to do is send it back to the states for recertification and we will become president and you are the happiest people. & # 39;

“And I just spoke to Mike. I said, Mike, it doesn't take courage, what takes courage is nothing to be done. That takes courage, and then we get stuck with a president who lost the election many times over and we have to live with it for another four years. We just won't let that happen. "

Will not stand for Biden's win

"We want to go back and we want to do this right because we will have someone there who shouldn't be there and our country will be destroyed." And that's not what we will stand for. "

"You are not the people who tore our nation down"

"If this had happened to the Democrats, all hell would break loose across the country. There would be hell across the country.

But remember, you are stronger, you are smarter. You have more to do than anyone else

You are trying to humiliate everyone who interacts with us and you are the real people. You are the people who built this nation. You are not the people who tore our nation down. "

March peacefully … we'll see if the Republicans are strong

“I know everyone here will soon be marching to the Capitol to peacefully and patriotically have your voices heard.

Today we are going to see if Republicans stand up for the integrity of our elections. But whether they are strong for our country or not, our country, our country has been under siege for a long time. Far longer than those four years & # 39;

"Ashamed … for eternity"

"Today we are seeing a very important event because right there, right there, we see the event that is going to take place, and I'm going to watch as history is being made." We will see if we have great and courageous leaders or if we have leaders who should be ashamed of themselves in history, in eternity. You will be ashamed. And you know what? When they do the wrong thing, we should never forget that they did it. Never forget. & # 39;

Call Republicans who voted not to count certified votes "warriors"

“I would like to thank the more than 140 members of the House. They are warriors. 15

They work over there like you've never seen before, studying, talking and going all the way back to study the roots of the Constitution because they know we have the right to cast a bad vote that is illegal was obtained. "

Biden will be "illegitimate"

But remember, if you don't, it means you will have a President of the United States with his wonderful son for four years, you will have a President who has lost all of these states, or you will have a President , in other words, who was elected by a group of stupid people who lost all these states. You will have an illegitimate president. You will have that, and we cannot let that happen. "

Call to take action against the radical left

The radical left knows exactly what it did. You're ruthless and it's time someone did something about it.

And Mike Pence, I hope you will work for the good of our Constitution and for the good of our country. (Applause) And if you aren't, I'll be very disappointed in you. I'll tell you in a moment. I don't hear good stories. "

Election was "stolen"

Make no mistake, this election has been stolen from you, me, and the country, and not a single swing state has carried out a full audit to remove the illegal ballot papers.

It is imperative that this be done in each disputed state before the election is confirmed. & # 39;

Claims "criminal company"

"So when you hear – when you hear," There is no evidence of wrongdoing, "this is the most fraudulent thing anyone has ever done – this is a criminal company. This is a criminal company."

Fight like hell

"And again at 9 o'clock in the evening most of the people would stand there and say," Thank you very much, "and they went into another life.

But I said something is wrong here, something is really wrong, can't have happened, and we're fighting. We fight like hell and if you don't fight like hell you will have no more land. "

As the historic mob invasion of the seat of the legislative government in the United States unfolded, various individuals with influence over Trump tried to get him to act.

The paths they took were typical of the loosely organized network of influence in Trump's White House.

Trump's ally Sen. Lindsey Graham – who only declared Joe Biden the election winner after the uprising – turned to the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump.

"It took him a while to realize the gravity of the situation," Graham told the Post. "The president saw these people as his allies on his journey and sympathized with the idea that the election was stolen," said Graham of the rioters who invaded the Capitol.

House MP Kevin McCarthy, who Trump believes is so under his wing that he has publicly called him "My Kevin," called for action.

Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Protesters attempt to enter the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Pro-Trump protesters entered the U.S. Capitol after mass demonstrations in the country's capital during a joint session of Congress to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's victory over Electoral College 306-232 against President Donald Trump. A Capitol police officer died in the action

Protesters attempt to enter the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Pro-Trump protesters entered the U.S. Capitol after mass demonstrations in the country's capital during a joint session of Congress to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's victory over Electoral College 306-232 against President Donald Trump. A Capitol police officer died in the action

Police in riot gear gather as protesters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021. It took hours to regain control of the building

Police in riot gear gather as protesters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021. It took hours to regain control of the building

McCarthy called Trump directly to ask for help – but also called the President's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who was returning from a trip to the Middle East.

Former President Kellyanne Conway, who no longer even works for Trump, tried to reach out to him to take action.

She called an aide who she knew was in close proximity to Trump.

The Washington Mayor's office, desperate to maintain more National Guard forces amid logistical and legal hurdles, also reached out to Conway.

Chief of Staff Mark Meadows urged Trump to speak up after an aide told him, "They're going to kill people," regarding the rioters.

A major area of ​​pleas related to something Trump could do on his own without dealing with the bureaucracy: simple Twitter or video pleas for protesters to get out of the Capitol.

The appeals he eventually submitted either lacked a direct call to withdraw or were language-approved even as the uprising that would be deadly unfolded.

At 2:30 p.m., about half an hour after the Capitol broke, Trump told his supporters, "Please support our Capitol Police" and "Stay peaceful!"

His next message was more explicit and wrote, "No violence!" – but claims "We are the party of law and order."

After finally posting a video around 4 p.m., Trump finally urged his supporters to go home. But he also called them "very special", called the election "fraudulent" and said, "You see how others are treated who are so bad and so angry. I know how you feel. But go home and go in Peace home. & # 39;

Trump himself had urged his supporters to "fight", label the election fraudulent, and put pressure on Vice President Mike Pence, whose only role was the ceremony, which included opening and reading envelopes containing votes.

Trump was taped to the TV as the storm aired on the Capitol.

Previous reports have indicated that the Washington, DC government requested the National Guard to be present, but the Guard had been assigned to traffic and other relief supplies and had received no ammunition or riot gear.

The Capitol Police chief, who has since resigned, said he wanted more support from the guard before Wednesday, but had been asked by superiors to informally request it. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan says there have been delays in approving the deployment of security guards from the Pentagon.

But it wasn't just a distraction that kept Trump from taking action. It's not that he was too busy because he was as consumed as he was, ”reported the New York Times.

& # 39; He was pleased because it was people who fought for him. He was pleased because he liked the scene. And he was pleased because it delayed the confirmation of the vote in the electoral college New York Times reported. "He knew what was going on … He just didn't want to do anything."

Although McCarthy called his colleagues on Monday to say that Trump had assumed "a certain amount of responsibility" for the uprising, on Tuesday the president returned to the defiant attitude he knew from his impeachment and the Russia investigation.

Trump said a second impeachment that the Democrats face was "a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics."

House Democrat accuses Republican lawmakers of leading MAGA rioters in "clearing up" the Capitol before the riot when the Stop the Steal organizer apparently bragged the help of three GOP congressmen

Rep. Mikie Sherrill said Tuesday she saw lawmakers give tours of groups on Tuesday, January 5, which she found to be group education

Rep. Mikie Sherrill said Tuesday she saw lawmakers give tours of groups on Tuesday, January 5, which she found to be group education

A Democratic representative announced Tuesday that she had witnessed members of Congress conducting reconnaissance tours of the Capitol the day before the storming of the building – when more details about the attack emerged, indicating that three Republican lawmakers were helping protesters might have to get in.

Mikie Sherrill, who represents New Jersey's 11th district, said during a live Facebook video Tuesday night that she wants members of Congress who have "favored" President Donald Trump and the violent crowd that is on the Capitol is descended, held accountable and prevented from running for office in the future.

"We cannot have democracy if members of Congress are actively helping the president reverse the election results," Sherrill said of her colleagues who she claims helped Trump get a crowd into the Capitol last Wednesday , January 6th.

"It's not just my intention to see the president removed and never run for office again and not have access to classified material," she continued in her direct remarks on camera.

& # 39; I also intend to see those members of Congress who favored him; those congressmen who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on January 5th – a clearing for the next day; those Congressmen who incited this violent crowd; The members of Congress who tried to help our President undermine our democracy. I will see that they are held accountable and, if necessary, ensure that they do not serve in Congress. & # 39;

At the same time, new revelations are surfacing that a pro-Trump activist, Ali Alexander, claimed he was helped by three GOP officials to organize the January 6 attack on the Capitol and disrupt the election certificate.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said on a live Instagram video Tuesday night that she feared for her life during the riots, specifically expressing concern that some GOP lawmakers would leak her location to the crowd.

Sherrill's comments come when pro-Trump activist Ali Alexander revealed in a video on Periscope that three GOP lawmakers helped organize the break in Congress that certifies Joe Biden's January 6 election

Sherrill's comments come when pro-Trump activist Ali Alexander revealed in a video on Periscope that three GOP lawmakers helped organize the break in Congress that certifies Joe Biden's January 6 election

House majority whip Jim Clyburn walks past members of the National Guard on Wednesday morning as they try to get some sleep in the U.S. Capitol

House majority whip Jim Clyburn walks past members of the National Guard on Wednesday morning as they try to get some sleep in the U.S. Capitol

"I didn't know if I would make it to the end of this day alive, and not just in a general sense, but also in a very, very specific sense," said the progressive legislature during the hour-long live stream.

She called the close encounter "traumatizing" and claimed that her "close attack" was "not an exaggeration".

"There were QAnon and white supremacist sympathizers and frankly white supremacist members of Congress at this extraction point who I believed would reveal my location and create opportunities to injure, kidnap, etc.," Ocasio said -Cortez.

She didn't name any of the lawmakers she believed could endanger her situation.

It is now known that Alexander told his followers on Periscope late last month that Republican representatives Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs of Arizona and Mo Brooks of Alabama were up to something big.

Alexander helped organize one of the demonstrations that took place on the Capitol lawn on Wednesday. Since then, his Facebook and Twitter accounts have been blocked and he has been banned from social media platforms.

In a video that has since been deleted, he said, "I want you guys to know how we're reacting because I was the person who came up with the idea on Jan. 6 with Congressman Gosar, Congressman Mo Brooks, and then Congressman Andy Biggs."

All three lawmakers are die-hard Trump supporters.

"The four of us wanted to put maximum pressure on Congress during the vote so that if we couldn't lobby, we could change the hearts and minds of the Republicans who were in this body and heard our loud roar from outside," said Alexander.

In the video for Periscope, he said the purpose of the rally was "to build momentum and pressure on the day Congress certified the election for Joe Biden." He also vowed that his Stop the Steal group would find rooms in the country's capital if hotels closed amid the unrest.

Alexander, pictured here with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones during a demonstration in Georgia in November, helped organize the protesters that gathered near the Capitol before the chaos erupted last Wednesday

Alexander, pictured here with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones during a demonstration in Georgia in November, helped organize the protesters that gathered near the Capitol before the chaos erupted last Wednesday

WHO IS ALI ALEXANDER?

Ali Abdul-Razaq Ali, 35, is a far-right activist who goes from Ali Alexander. According to Politico, he identifies himself as black and Arab.

He helped organize the Stop the Steal movement, which opposed Joe Biden's election victory, and urged to prove that President Donald Trump won re-election on November 3rd.

Ali also takes responsibility for organizing the January 6 rally, which took place outside the Capitol before it was stormed by thousands of pro-Trump protesters. In a live streaming video, he said that GOP representatives Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs and Mo Brooks were assisting in the effort to suspend the Congressional joining session to confirm the results of the electoral college for Biden.

"I want to let you guys know how we're reacting because I was the person who came up with the idea on Jan. 6 with Congressman Gosar, Congressman Mo Brooks, and then Congressman Andy Biggs," Ali said in the now-deleted video.

"The four of us wanted to put the maximum pressure on Congress during the vote so that if we couldn't lobby, we could change the hearts and minds of the Republicans who were in this body and heard our loud roar from outside," he continued .

Alexander, pictured here with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones during a demonstration in Georgia in November, helped organize the protesters that gathered near the Capitol before the chaos erupted last Wednesday

Alexander, pictured here with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones during a demonstration in Georgia in November, helped organize the protesters that gathered near the Capitol before the chaos erupted last Wednesday

Mug shot of Ali taken in January 2007 in a case where he pleaded guilty of crime theft

A year later, Ali pleaded guilty to a credit card fraud crime. This mug shot was taken in August 2007

Ali Alexander pleaded guilty to two separate offenses in 2007 and 2008 in Forth Worth, Texas

The activist runs with Trump's circle. In the summer of 2019, he gathered in the White House for the President's "Social Media Summit" to beat up platforms on their alleged anti-conservative and anti-Trump tendencies.

This week, Ali was banned from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter after reports of his involvement in the storming of the Capitol, and his accounts were removed.

Ali Abdul-Razaq Ali, 35, by Ali Alexander, is a far-right activist based in Fort Worth, Texas

Ali Abdul-Razaq Ali, 35, by Ali Alexander, is a far-right activist based in Fort Worth, Texas

Ali raised questions about Kamal Harris' "blackness" during the Democratic primary race, which sparked speculation that he was waging a "birther" -like campaign against her. The now elected Vice President is half Indian and half Jamaican.

"Kamala Harris implies that she is descended from American black slaves," he wrote on Twitter in June 2019. It comes from Jamaican slave owners. It's good. She is not an American black. Period. & # 39; Trump's eldest son Donald Trump Jr. retweeted and then deleted the post, asked if it was true, and helped it go viral.

Ali lives in Forth Worth, Texas. In 2007, he pleaded guilty to the theft of property in Lone Star state, and the next year he also pleaded guilty to a credit card fraud crime, also in Texas.

Alexander did not specifically call for violence, claiming instead that the left was trying to push us into war.

Biggs' office sent out a statement claiming the Congressman did not meet or speak to Alexander.

Biggs & # 39; office replied to CNN claiming he had not met or spoken to Alexander.

"Congressman Biggs is at no time aware that he has heard from or met Mr. Alexander – much less that he is working with him to organize part of a planned protest," said the representative's spokesman.

"He has not had contact with demonstrators or rioters, nor has he ever encouraged or promoted the rally or protests," they continued. He focused on his research and arguments to work within the boundaries of the law and to set a precedent to restore the integrity of our elections and ensure that all Americans – regardless of party affiliation – can once again have full confidence in our electoral systems. & # 39;

Biggs, Gosar and Brooks all came under fire after objecting to the election results, even after the violent riot at the Capitol forced them to vacate the chamber and delay the trial for hours.

Sherrill didn't reveal in her thirteen and a half minute video posted on Facebook Tuesday what lawmakers she saw last week showing voters at the Capitol – but she made the shocking claim that the Jan. 5 tours were part of some effort Demonstrators familiarize themselves with the building before they storm it the next day.

While some GOP lawmakers have come under fire for instigating the riots – direct or indirect – or standing by inactive as it unfolded, this is the most serious charge to date against seated members of Congress over the unprecedented attack last week.

The six-hour riot resulted in hundreds of injuries and five deaths, including a Capitol cop and a Trump supporter.

The House voted on a non-binding resolution Tuesday evening calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment to remove Trump from office now. The vote took place between 223-205, and Sherrill voted in favor, despite Pence telling House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi earlier Tuesday that he would not comply with the measure.

With the 25th amendment off the table and no hope of Trump resigning before his last seven days are up, House Democrats are likely to move on Wednesday to indict the president for a second time.

Sherrill said on her video that she intended to support the effort.

She also voiced the sharp gap widening in Congress, claiming that those who disagree with the democratic ideals of democracy are "now on different sides of that line".

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