Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will not initiate impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump in time to remove him from office.
McConnell's spokesman confirmed that McConnell had informed Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Senate minority, that he would not bring the Senate back until January 19, the day before President-elect Joe Biden was sworn in.
The reveal came after the House cleared procedural hurdles and started the debate that led to an expected impeachment vote on Wednesday afternoon.
Wednesday afternoon: House vote on 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 trial could begin if not all senators approve. 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
Five Republicans are expected to join Democrats to indict Trump a second time for his role in "inciting insurrection" just a week after the MAGA mob stormed Capitol Hill.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi called Trump a "clear and present threat" as Democrats said they were at a "crime scene" and Trump had to pay a price for a campaign of "lies and conspiracy theories" that sparked violence would have.
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.
Later on Wednesday, at least five Republicans are sure to vote for impeachment, led by number three Liz Cheney in the caucus, who fiery denounced Trump when she announced her vote and said he had lit the flame of insurrection.
Members of the house entered the chamber past rows of members of the National Guard sleeping with their rifles, while outside of thousands of troops, the building was encircled and stationed for the first time since the Civil War.
In the Senate, which after the vote has to hold a trial against Trump as soon as he receives the article, the Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell is said to be "more than 50/50" inclined to condemn Trump in order to "purge the party of him.
How many other Republicans are on board is unknown, and only Mitt Romney is certain he will support the impeachment, while Lindsey accused Graham McConnell on Wednesday of risking more violence by supporting the impeachment.
In the House of Representatives' first procedural vote of the day, Democrats voted en masse between 221 and 205 against Republican efforts to set up a commission.
A second procedural hurdle was also only overcome with democratic votes.
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.
The House of Representatives began debating the charges against President Donald Trump for the second time on Wednesday morning – a historic first
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi opened the session Wednesday afternoon and said President Donald Trump was a "clear and present threat".
"We are discussing this resolution on a real crime scene and we would not be here without the President of the United States," said Massachusetts Democratic MP Jim McGovern
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
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 VOTE "YES" IN PLACE
Liz Cheney – Wyoming
Adam Kinzinger – Illinois
John Katko – New York
Fred Upton – Michigan
Jaime Herrera Beutler – Washington
AND SEE SENATORS
Mitt Romney – Utah. Sure to vote to indict
Mitch McConnell – Kentucky. "More than 50/50 to be sentenced"
Lisa Murkowski – Alaska. Already said, she wants Trump to be "gone"
Susan Collins – Maine. Key moderate
Pat Toomey – Pennsylvania. Said Trump should resign
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."
The Democrats also pointed to the high profile Republican raid: Republican No. 3, Rep. Liz 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.
"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 as the daughter of Dick Cheney, and to be seen as a future contender for leadership of the Party House and chairman of the spokesman, means the impeachment will 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.
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
House spokeswoman Nancy 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.
(SOME) REPUBLICANS REVOLT
Adam Kinzinger of Illinois will vote with Cheney for the democratically prepared impeachment article. John Katko from New York, Fred Upton from Michigan and Jaime Herrera Beutler from Washington.
The White House braced itself for more.
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
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
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.
Nonpartisan and United: Jamie Raskin, the House Democrat who led the successful call for a resolution calling on Mike Pence to remove Donald Trump, held talks with Liz Cheney, the House number three Republican, after she announced she was for to vote for impeachment
Parliament voted 223-205 for a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment and remove President Donald Trump from office after instigating the Capitol Hill riot on Wednesday . GOP MP Adam Kinzinger voted alongside Democrats
U.S. President Donald Trump disembarks Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland after visiting the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Harlingen, Texas on Tuesday
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"The President lit the flame." GOP NO.3 LIZ CHENEY & # 39; S STATEMENT IN COMPLETE
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 injuries, death and destruction in the most sacred space of our republic.
A lot more will become clear in the days and weeks ahead, 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. There has never been a greater betrayal of office and constitutional oath by a President of the United States.
I will vote to indict the president.
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.
In Tuesday's debate, pro-Trump Republicans lined up to support him – but the party moderators were overtly silent, and the minority leader and deputy Steve Scalise were silent.
The resolution held Trump responsible for the violent MAGA mob that broke into Capitol Hill on Wednesday. He set out how he "generally encouraged" his followers to come to Washington on January 6, saying the day was "wild".
Donald Trump has repeatedly, continuously and spectacularly demonstrated his absolute inability to discharge the most basic powers and duties of his office, including the duty to respect the legitimate results of the presidential election, the duty to respect the peaceful transfer of democratic power under the Constitution, the duty to participate in transitional activities established by law, the duty to protect and uphold the United States Constitution, including the counting of the votes of the electoral college by Congress, the duty to protect the people of the United States and their elected officials against domestic Insurrection, mob rule and seditious violence and, in general, the duty to see that the law is faithfully carried out, ”the resolution reads.
Although the House Republicans were the targets of the violent incident, they opposed the passage of the resolution.
Oklahoma Republican Tom Cole described the resolution as "an attempt to pressure the vice president to do a duty which he clearly does not currently consider necessary."
Angry MP Pat Fallon, a new GOP lawmaker from Texas, said Trump held a "legal, legal and peaceful rally" and refused to hold him responsible for the group of Trump supporters who attacked the Capitol .
Jordan, the Republican from Ohio who recently received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from Trump, lambasted the efforts – as well as the new fines for not wearing masks in the chamber of the house and the metal detectors that went outside the doors Tuesday of the house.
In his letter to Pelosi, Pence argued that the 25th amendment should address "incapacity or disability".
The Vice President noted the Democrats' own efforts to establish a 25th Commission of Amendments to determine the eligibility of a president through "science and facts" and "(v) very respectful not to judge based on comment or conduct we don't like it, but based on a medical decision. & # 39;
Pence also promised that administration's energy would be used "to ensure an orderly transition".
The Vice President reiterated an argument made by a number of Capitol Hill Republicans – that removing Trump would only make matters worse.
"I urge you and every member of Congress to avoid actions that further divide and inflame the passions of the moment," said Pence. "Work with us to bring the temperature down and unite our country as we prepare for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden as the next President of the United States."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been informed by Vice President Mike Pence that he will not invoke the 25th amendment and remove President Donald Trump from office as the House of Representatives will vote for the first time on Tuesday night on a resolution that asks him to do so
The House of Representatives voted late into the night Wednesday on a resolution encouraging Vice President Mike Pence to use the 25th amendment and remove President Donald Trump from power
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
During Tuesday night's debate on the 25th Amendment resolution, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also announced her impeachment manager, saying Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin would lead the indictment. Raskin tragically lost his son to suicide a few days ago
Rep. Jim Jordan, the Ohio Republican who recently received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from Trump, lambasted the effort
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 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.
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".
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 fulfilled his constitutional duty and reaffirmed President-elect Joe Biden what Trump had pressured him 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
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 over 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 Rep. Jamie 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 colleagues 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.
Earlier on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had signaled his support for the impeachment drive, 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 at the Capitol, in which Trump supporters invaded the Capitol, destroyed leadership offices, and put the lives of lawmakers 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.
It was not immediately clear how McConnell could vote on impeachment.
McConnell's view emerged when Trump called the impeachment a "hoax" and a "witch hunt" and defended his remarks against 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;
& # 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.
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
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 political history".
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
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
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.
"Wir vier wollten den Kongress während der Abstimmung maximal unter Druck setzen, damit wir, wenn wir nicht Lobbyarbeit leisten konnten, die Herzen und Gedanken der Republikaner ändern konnten, die in diesem Körper waren und unser lautes Brüllen von außen hörten", erklärte Alexander.
In dem Video zu Periscope sagte er, der Zweck der Kundgebung sei es, "an dem Tag, an dem der Kongress die Wahl für Joe Biden bescheinigte, Schwung und Druck aufzubauen". Er schwor auch, dass seine Gruppe "Stop the Steal" Zimmer in der Hauptstadt des Landes finden würde, wenn Hotels inmitten der Unruhen schließen würden.
Alexander, der hier mit dem Verschwörungstheoretiker Alex Jones während einer Demonstration in Georgia im November abgebildet war, half bei der Organisation der Demonstranten, die sich in der Nähe des Kapitols versammelten, bevor das Chaos am vergangenen Mittwoch ausbrach
WER IST ALI ALEXANDER?
Ali Alexander bekannte sich 2007 und 2008 in Forth Worth, Texas, zu zwei verschiedenen Straftaten schuldig
Ali Abdul-Razaq Ali, 35, ist ein rechtsextremer Aktivist, der von Ali Alexander geht. Er identifiziert sich laut Politico als schwarz und arabisch.
Er half bei der Organisation der "Stop the Steal" -Bewegung, die sich Joe Bidens Wahlsieg widersetzt, und drängt darauf zu beweisen, dass Präsident Donald Trump am 3. November die Wiederwahl gewonnen hat.
Ali übernimmt auch die Verantwortung für die Organisation der Kundgebung am 6. Januar, die außerhalb des Kapitols stattfand, bevor sie von Tausenden von Pro-Trump-Demonstranten gestürmt wurde. In einem Live-Streaming-Video sagte er, dass die GOP-Vertreter Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs und Mo Brooks bei den Bemühungen zur Unterbrechung der Beitrittssitzung des Kongresses zur Bestätigung der Ergebnisse des Wahlkollegiums für Biden behilflich waren.
"Ich möchte euch wissen lassen, wie wir reagieren, weil ich die Person war, die die Idee vom 6. Januar mit dem Kongressabgeordneten Gosar, dem Kongressabgeordneten Mo Brooks und dann dem Kongressabgeordneten Andy Biggs hatte", sagte Ali in dem jetzt gelöschten Video.
"Wir vier wollten den Kongress während der Abstimmung maximal unter Druck setzen, damit wir, wenn wir nicht Lobbyarbeit leisten konnten, die Herzen und Gedanken der Republikaner ändern konnten, die in diesem Körper waren und unser lautes Brüllen von außen hörten", fuhr er fort.
Der Aktivist läuft mit Trumps Kreis mit. Im Sommer 2019 versammelte er sich im Weißen Haus zum "Social Media Summit" des Präsidenten, um Plattformen auf ihre angebliche anti-konservative und anti-Trump-Tendenz zu verprügeln.
Diese Woche wurde Ali nach Berichten über seine Beteiligung an der Erstürmung des Kapitols von Facebook, Instagram und Twitter ausgeschlossen und seine Konten wurden entfernt.
Ali Abdul-Razaq Ali, 35, der von Ali Alexander stammt, ist ein rechtsextremer Aktivist aus Fort Worth, Texas
Ali warf während des demokratischen Primärrennens Fragen über Kamal Harris '"Schwarzheit" auf, was Spekulationen auslöste, dass er eine "birther" -ähnliche Kampagne gegen sie führte. Der jetzt gewählte Vizepräsident ist halb Inder und halb Jamaikaner.
"Kamala Harris impliziert, dass sie von amerikanischen schwarzen Sklaven abstammt", schrieb er im Juni 2019 auf Twitter. Sie kommt von jamaikanischen Sklavenbesitzern. It's good. Sie ist keine amerikanische Schwarze. Zeitraum.' Trumps ältester Sohn Donald Trump Jr. hat den Beitrag retweetet und dann gelöscht, gefragt, ob er wahr ist, und ihm dabei geholfen, viral zu werden.
Ali lebt in Forth Worth, Texas. 2007 bekannte er sich schuldig, im Bundesstaat Lone Star den Diebstahl von Eigentum begangen zu haben, und im nächsten Jahr bekannte er sich auch schuldig, ein Verbrechen wegen Kreditkartenmissbrauchs begangen zu haben – ebenfalls in Texas.
Alexander rief nicht ausdrücklich zu Gewalt auf und behauptete stattdessen, die Linke versuche, uns in den Krieg zu drängen.
Biggs 'Büro sandte eine Erklärung aus, in der behauptet wurde, der Kongressabgeordnete habe Alexander nicht getroffen oder mit ihm gesprochen.
Biggs 'Büro antwortete CNN und behauptete, er habe Alexander nicht getroffen oder mit ihm gesprochen.
"Der Kongressabgeordnete Biggs ist sich zu keinem Zeitpunkt bewusst, dass er von Herrn Alexander gehört oder ihn getroffen hat – geschweige denn, dass er mit ihm zusammenarbeitet, um einen Teil eines geplanten Protestes zu organisieren", sagte der Sprecher des Vertreters.
"Er hatte weder Kontakt zu Demonstranten oder Randalierern, noch hat er jemals die Kundgebung oder Proteste ermutigt oder gefördert", fuhren sie fort. Er konzentrierte sich auf seine Forschungen und Argumente, um innerhalb der Grenzen des Gesetzes zu arbeiten und einen Präzedenzfall zu schaffen, um die Integrität unserer Wahlen wiederherzustellen und sicherzustellen, dass alle Amerikaner – unabhängig von ihrer Parteizugehörigkeit – wieder volles Vertrauen in unsere Wahlsysteme haben können . & # 39;
Biggs, Gosar und Brooks gerieten alle unter Beschuss, nachdem sie Einwände gegen die Wahlergebnisse erhoben hatten, selbst nachdem der gewaltsame Aufstand im Capitol sie gezwungen hatte, die Kammer zu räumen und das Verfahren stundenlang zu verzögern.
Sherrill enthüllte in ihrem dreizehneinhalbminütigen Video, das am Dienstag auf Facebook gepostet wurde, nicht, welche Gesetzgeber sie letzte Woche gesehen hatte, wie sie Wähler im Capitol zeigte – aber sie machte die schockierende Behauptung, dass die Touren am 5. Januar Teil einiger Bemühungen waren Demonstranten mit dem Gebäude vertraut zu machen, bevor sie es am nächsten Tag stürmen.
Während einige GOP-Gesetzgeber unter Beschuss geraten sind, weil sie die Unruhen – ob direkt oder indirekt – angestiftet haben oder während ihrer Entfaltung untätig daneben standen, ist dies die bislang schwerwiegendste Anklage gegen sitzende Kongressmitglieder wegen des beispiellosen Angriffs in der vergangenen Woche.
Der sechsstündige Aufstand führte zu Hunderten von Verletzungen und fünf Todesfällen, darunter ein Polizist des Kapitols und eine Trump-Anhängerin.
Das Haus stimmte am Dienstagabend über eine unverbindliche Entschließung ab, in der Vizepräsident Mike Pence aufgefordert wurde, sich auf den 25. Änderungsantrag zu berufen, um Trump jetzt aus dem Amt zu entlassen. Die Abstimmung fand zwischen 223 und 205 statt, und Sherrill stimmte dafür, obwohl Pence am Dienstag zuvor die Sprecherin des Repräsentantenhauses, Nancy Pelosi, darüber informiert hatte, dass er die Maßnahme nicht einhalten werde.
Da der 25. Änderungsantrag vom Tisch ist und keine Hoffnung auf einen Rücktritt von Trump vor Ablauf seiner letzten sieben Tage besteht, werden die Hausdemokraten wahrscheinlich am Mittwoch vorgehen, um den Präsidenten zum zweiten Mal anzuklagen.
Sherrill sagte in ihrem Video, dass sie beabsichtige, die Bemühungen zu unterstützen.
Sie äußerte auch die scharfe Kluft, die sich im Kongress vergrößert, und behauptete, diejenigen, die den demokratischen Idealen der Demokratie nicht zustimmen, seien "jetzt auf verschiedenen Seiten dieser Linie".
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