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Mitch McConnell says he will NOT begin Donald Trump's trial in time to remove him from office


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.

IMPEACHMENT SCHEDULE

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".

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

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 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 were sleeping 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.

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 for to vote for impeachment

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 to remove President Donald Trump from office after instigating the Capitol Hill riot on Wednesday . GOP MP Adam Kinzinger voted alongside Democrats

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

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

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

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

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 managers, saying Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin would lead the indictment. Raskin tragically lost his son to suicide a few days ago

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

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 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. Keine Republikaner unterstützten Trumps erste Amtsenthebung im Jahr 2019.

Die republikanische Abgeordnete Liz Cheney aus Wyoming, die Republikanerin Nr. 3 im Repräsentantenhaus und Tochter des ehemaligen Vizepräsidenten Dick Cheney, sagte, sie würde dafür stimmen, Trump anzuklagen, weil es nie einen größeren Verrat durch einen Präsidenten der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika gegeben habe sein Amt und sein Eid auf die Verfassung. & # 39;

Cheney sagte, Trump habe den Mob, der letzte Woche das Kapitol angegriffen hatte, "gerufen", "den Mob versammelt und die Flamme dieses Angriffs angezündet".

Der New Yorker Abgeordnete John Katko war der erste Republikaner, der sagte, er würde für eine Anklage stimmen. Als ehemaliger Bundesanwalt sagte er, er habe die Entscheidung nicht leichtfertig getroffen.

"Es ist eine direkte Bedrohung für die Zukunft unserer Demokratie, dem Präsidenten der Vereinigten Staaten zu erlauben, diesen Angriff ohne Konsequenz anzuregen", sagte Katko. "Ich kann nicht sitzen, ohne etwas zu unternehmen."

Die Abgeordneten Adam Kinzinger aus Illinois, Fred Upton aus Michigan und Jaime Herrera Beutler aus Washington sagten ebenfalls, sie würden für die Amtsenthebung stimmen.

SENDEN AN DEN SENAT

Sobald das Haus die Artikel verabschiedet hat, kann Pelosi entscheiden, wann sie sie an den Senat sendet. Nach dem derzeitigen Zeitplan wird der Senat die vollen Sitzungen erst am 19. Januar, dem Tag vor Bidens Amtseinführung, wieder aufnehmen.

Einige Demokraten schlugen vor, dass Pelosi warten könnte, um die Artikel zu senden und Biden zu erlauben, seine Amtszeit zu beginnen, ohne dass eine Amtsenthebung über ihm hängt. Aber viele andere Demokraten haben Pelosi aufgefordert, sofort umzuziehen.

Der demokratische Vorsitzende des Senats, Chuck Schumer, der nach der Vereidigung von Biden das Kommando übernehmen wird, schlug in einem Brief an die Kollegen am Dienstag vor, dass die Kammer ihre Zeit zwischen der Bestätigung von Bidens Kandidaten, der Genehmigung der COVID-Erleichterung und der Durchführung des Prozesses aufteilen könnte.

Wenn der Prozess nicht abgehalten wird, bis Trump bereits sein Amt niedergelegt hat, könnte dies dennoch dazu führen, dass er nicht mehr für das Präsidentenamt kandidiert.

Biden hat gesagt, es sei wichtig sicherzustellen, dass die "Leute, die sich auf Aufruhr einlassen und das Leben bedrohen, öffentliches Eigentum verunstalten, großen Schaden anrichten – dass sie zur Rechenschaft gezogen werden".

SENATPOLITIK

Derzeit ist es unwahrscheinlich, dass genügend Republikaner für eine Verurteilung stimmen, da zwei Drittel des Senats benötigt werden. Einige Republikaner haben Trump jedoch zum Rücktritt aufgefordert, darunter der Senator von Pennsylvania, Pat Toomey, und die Senatorin von Alaska, Lisa Murkowski, und nur wenige verteidigen ihn.

Der republikanische Senator Ben Sasse sagte, er werde einen Blick auf die Zustimmung des Hauses werfen, sich jedoch nicht dazu verpflichten, dies zu unterstützen.

Andere Republikaner haben gesagt, dass Amtsenthebung spaltend wäre. Lindsey Graham, Senator von South Carolina, lange Zeit ein wichtiger Verbündeter des Präsidenten, kritisierte sein Verhalten bei der Auslösung der Unruhen, sagte jedoch, dass die Amtsenthebung "weit mehr schaden als nützen wird".

Nur ein Republikaner hat letztes Jahr dafür gestimmt, Trump zu verurteilen – Utah Sen. Mitt Romney.

WAS IMPEACHMENT WÜRDE BEDEUTEN

Demokraten sagen, sie müssen vorwärts gehen, auch wenn der Senat nicht verurteilt.

Bernie Sanders, Senator von Vermont, twitterte am Freitag, dass einige Leute fragen könnten, warum sie versuchen würden, einen Präsidenten anzuklagen, der nur noch wenige Tage im Amt ist.

"Die Antwort: Präzedenzfall", sagte er. "Es muss klargestellt werden, dass kein Präsident jetzt oder in Zukunft einen Aufstand gegen die US-Regierung führen kann."

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 ****."

Der Mehrheitsführer des Senats, Mitch McConnell, signalisierte seine Unterstützung für die Amtsenthebung, berichtete die New York Times am Dienstagabend

Der Mehrheitsführer des Senats, Mitch McConnell, signalisierte seine Unterstützung für die Amtsenthebung, berichtete die New York Times am Dienstagabend

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".

Die Ansicht des GOP-Powerbrokers tauchte kurz vor der Ankündigung von Rep. Liz Cheney, einem Mitglied der GOP-Führung des Hauses, auf, für die Anklage gegen Präsident Trump zu stimmen.

Am 6. Januar 2021 griff ein gewalttätiger Mob das Kapitol der Vereinigten Staaten an, um den Prozess unserer Demokratie zu behindern und die Auszählung der Präsidentschaftswahlen zu stoppen. Dieser Aufstand verursachte Verletzungen, Tod und Zerstörung im heiligsten Raum unserer Republik “, schrieb Cheney, die Tochter des ehemaligen Vizepräsidenten.

„In den kommenden Tagen und Wochen wird noch viel mehr klar werden, aber was wir jetzt wissen, ist genug. Der Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten rief diesen Mob zusammen, versammelte den Mob und entzündete die Flamme dieses Angriffs. Alles was folgte war sein Tun. Nichts davon wäre ohne den Präsidenten passiert. Der Präsident hätte sofort und mit Nachdruck eingreifen können, um die Gewalt zu stoppen. Er hat nicht. Ein Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten hat sein Amt und seinen Eid auf die Verfassung nie stärker verraten “, fuhr sie fort.

"Ich werde dafür stimmen, den Präsidenten anzuklagen", schloss Cheney.

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 unterstützt die Bemühungen, weil es einfacher sein wird, Trump aus der Partei zu entfernen, berichtet die New York Times.

Ein Merkmal der Amtsenthebung, das den Senat zum Stillstand bringen und zu wütenden Partisanenargumenten führen kann, besteht darin, dass der Gesetzgeber abstimmen kann, um zu verbieten, dass die angeklagte Person jemals ein öffentliches Amt bei der US-Regierung innehat.

Trump könnte 2024 als Präsident kandidieren, und viele seiner potenziellen Rivalen haben zufällig Sitze im Senat inne.

McConnell hat in privaten Diskussionen klargestellt, dass "jetzt der Moment ist, um die geschwächte lahme Ente, die er für den Verlust des Senats durch die Republikaner verantwortlich macht, weiterzumachen", heißt es in dem Bericht.

Trump ignorierte McConnells Rat und startete seine Wahlherausforderung trotz zweier Stichwahlen in Georgia, die die GOP verlor – und der Partei die Mehrheit nahm.

Eine Quelle sagte, CNN McConnell "hasse" Trump und sei nach den Unruhen im Capitol "wütend" auf ihn.

Bei der Belagerung starben fünf Menschen, darunter ein Polizeibeamter des US-amerikanischen Kapitols, der auf der Seite des Senats stationiert war.

McConnells Frau, Transportministerin Elaine Chao, verließ das Trump-Kabinett nach den Unruhen, zu denen auch ein wütender Mob gehörte, der Schritte von der Tür zur Senatskammer blockiert bekam, die McConnell benutzt, wenn er normalerweise von seinem Führungsbüro aus spaziert.

Es war nicht sofort klar, wie McConnell über die Amtsenthebung abstimmen könnte.

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 nannte seine Rede Minuten vor der Belagerung "völlig angemessen".

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.

"Es ist eine direkte Bedrohung für die Zukunft unserer Demokratie, dem Präsidenten der Vereinigten Staaten zu erlauben, diesen Angriff ohne Konsequenz anzuregen", sagte Katko in einer Erklärung, berichtete Syracuse.com. “Because of this, I can't watch without doing something. Ich werde dafür stimmen, diesen Präsidenten anzuklagen “, sagte er.

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.

Als Mitternacht näher rückte, sagte Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler auch, sie sei ein Ja.

Die Verurteilung von Trump wegen eines Amtsenthebungsartikels erfordert eine Zweidrittelstimme des Senats, in dem die Republikaner 50 Stimmen haben – eine hohe Messlatte.

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.

Der gewählte Präsident Joe Biden sagte am Montag, es bestehe die Möglichkeit, eine Amtsenthebungs- und Senatssitzung, die zur Bestätigung seines Kabinetts erforderlich sei, doppelt zu verfolgen.

Biden rief McConnell am Montag an, so die Times zum Thema eines Prozesses, und McConnell sagte, er werde den Parlamentarier des Senats konsultieren und zurückkommen.

Es gibt Regeln und Präzedenzfälle für die Amtsenthebung im Senat, aber die Staats- und Regierungschefs könnten auch in der Lage sein, einen Weg zu verhandeln, um damit umzugehen, wobei die Möglichkeit besteht, dass ein spezieller Amtsenthebungsausschuss einen Teil der Last übernimmt.

Trump hat sein übliches Muster fortgesetzt, politische Gegner anzugreifen, wenn sie angegriffen werden.

„Die Redefreiheit wird angegriffen wie nie zuvor. Der 25. Änderungsantrag ist für mich kein Risiko, wird aber zurückkommen, um Joe Biden und die Biden-Administration zu verfolgen. Be careful what you want, ”Trump said Tuesday before lawmakers cast their vote on Tuesday night.

Post-riot accounts from last Wednesday reveal that not only did President Trump egg on supporters who wreaked havoc in the Capitol – but he was glued to the television as the events unfolded, incapable of responding to desperate pleas to use influence to stop it and enjoying seeing it unfold.

There were two major areas where the president fell dramatically short of what was being asked of him: using his personal popularity with his followers to urge them to vacate the Capitol immediately; and using the vast powers of his office to try to speed a federal response.

Aber als wichtige aktuelle und ehemalige Helfer und Familienmitglieder versuchten, ihn zu erreichen, war er laut einem Bericht der Washington Post "damit beschäftigt, das Spektakel zu genießen".

What Trump told supporters before they ransacked the Capitol in 'totally appropriate' speech

We're going to have to fight much harder

'Republicans are constantly fighting like a boxer with his hands tied behind his back. It's like a boxer. And we want to be so nice. We want to be so respectful of everybody, including bad people. And we're going to have to fight much harder.'

We're going to walk down to the Capitol

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

'Get tougher' / You are allowed to go by very different rules

'The Republicans have to get tougher. You’re not going to have a Republican Party if you don’t get tougher. They want to play so straight. They want to play so serious. “The United States, the Constitution doesn’t allow me to send them back to the states.” Well, I would say yes, it does, 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 up everything, doesn’t it? When you catch somebody in a fraud, you are allowed to go by very different rules. So 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 that he’s listening toWhen you catch somebody in a fraud, you are allowed to go by very different rules. So 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 that he's listening to.'

Takes 'more courage not to step up'

'I also want to thank our 13 most courageous members of the U.S. Senate …  I actually think, though, it takes, again, more courage not to step up, and I think a lot of those people are going to find that out. And you better start looking at your leadership, because your leadership has led you down the tubes.'

Never concede

'We will never give up. We will never concede. It doesn't happen. You don't concede when there's theft involved. Our country has had enough.'

On 'fake news' and 'Big tech'

'They rigged an election, they rigged it like they have never rigged an election before.'

'All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen by bold and radical left Democrats, which is what they are doing, and stolen by the fake news media. That is what they have done and what they are doing. We will never give up. We will never concede. It doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved.'

'We will not take it anymore'

'Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore, and that is what this is all about.' And to use a favorite term that all of you people really came up with, we will stop the steal.'

Denied Biden's vote count

'He had 80 million computer votes. It’s a disgrace. There’s never been anything like that. You can take Third World countries, just take a look, take Third World countries, their elections are more honest than what we have been going through in this country. It’s a disgrace. It’s a disgrace. Even when you look at last night, they were all running around like chickens with their heads cut off with boxes, and nobody knows what the hell is going on. There’s never been anything like this. We will not let them silence your voices. We’re not going to let it happen.'

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

Call for military and law enforcement to join

'And I would love to have, if those tens of thousands of people would be allowed, the military, the Secret Service and we want to thank you — and the police and law enforcement — great, you’re doing a great job. But I would love it if they could be allowed to come up with us. Is that possible? Can you just let them, please?'

Pressure on Mike Pence: Says it takes 'courage' to do nothing

'I hope Mike is going to do the right thing. I hope so. I hope so because if Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election … All Vice President Pence has to do is send it back to the states to re-certify, and we become president, and you are the happiest people.'

'And I actually, I just spoke to Mike. I said, Mike, that doesn’t take courage, what takes courage is to do nothing. That takes courage, and then we are stuck with a president who lost the election by a lot, and we have to live with that for four more years. We’re just not going to let that happen.'

Won't stand for Biden win

'We want to go back, and we want to get this right, because we’re going to have somebody in there that should not be in there, and our country will be destroyed. And we’re not going to stand for that.'

'You're not the people that tore down our nation'

'If this happened to the Democrats, there’d be hell all over the country going on. There’d be hell all over the country.

But just remember this, you’re stronger, you’re smarter. You’ve got more going than anybody, and

they try and demean everybody having to do with us, and you’re the real people. You’re the people that built this nation. You’re not the people that tore down our nation.'

March peacefully … we will see whether Republicans stand strong

'I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.

Today, we will see whether Republicans stand strong for the integrity of our elections. But whether or not they stand strong for our country — our country, our country has been under siege for a long time. Far longer than this four-year period'

'Ashamed … throughout eternity'

'Today, we see a very important event, though, because right over there, right there, we see the event that’s going to take place, and I’m going to be watching because history is going to be made. We’re going to see whether or not we have great and courageous leaders or whether or not we have leaders that should be ashamed of themselves throughout history, throughout eternity. They’ll be ashamed. And you know what? If they do the wrong thing, we should never, ever forget that they did. Never forget.'

Calls Republicans who voted not to count certified votes 'warriors'

'I want to thank the more than 140 members of the House. Those are warriors.15

They’re over there working like you’ve never seen before, studying, talking, actually going all the way back studying the roots of the Constitution because they know we have the right to send a bad vote that was illegally gotten.'

Biden will be 'illegitimate'

'But think of this: If you don’t do that, that means you will have a president of the United States for four years with his wonderful son, you will have a president who lost all of these states, or you will have a president, to put it another way, who was voted on by a bunch of stupid people who lost all of these states. You will have an illegitimate president. That is what you will have, and we can’t let that happen.'

Call to 'do something' about radical left

'The radical left knows exactly what they were doing. They are ruthless, and it’s time that somebody did something about it.

And Mike Pence, I hope you’re going to stand up for the good of our Constitution and for the good of our country. (APPLAUSE) And if you’re not, I’m going to be very disappointed in you. I will tell you right now. I’m not hearing good stories.'

Election was 'stolen'

'Make no mistake, this election was stolen from you, from me, and from the country, and not a single swing state has conducted a comprehensive audit to remove the illegal ballots.

This should absolutely occur in every single contested state before the election is certified.'

Alleges 'criminal enterprise'

'So, when you hear — when you hear, “While there is no evidence to prove any wrongdoing,” this is the most fraudulent thing anybody’s — this is a criminal enterprise. This is a criminal enterprise.'

Fight like hell

'And again, most people would stand there at 9 o’clock in the evening and say, “I want to thank you very much,” and they go off to some other life.

But I said something is wrong here, something is really wrong, can’t have happened, and we fight. We fight like hell, and if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore.'

As the historic mob invasion of the U.S. seat of legislative government unfolded, a variety of people with influence over Trump sought to get to him to urge action.

The routes they took were typical of the loosely organized web of influence within the Trump White House.

Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham – who only after the riot firmly declared Joe Biden the winner of the election – reached out to the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump.

'It took him a while to appreciate the gravity of the situation,' Graham told the Post. 'The president saw these people as his allies in his journey and sympathetic to the idea that the election was stolen,' Graham said of the rioters who took the Capitol.

House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who Trump believes is so much under his wing that he has publicly called him 'My Kevin,' was pleading 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 Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Pro-Trump protesters entered the U.S. Capitol building after mass demonstrations in the nation's capital during a joint session Congress to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. One Capitol Police officer died in the action

Protesters attempt to enter the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Pro-Trump protesters entered the U.S. Capitol building after mass demonstrations in the nation's capital during a joint session Congress to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. One Capitol Police officer died in the action

Police officers in riot gear line up as protesters gather on the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. It took hours to regain control of the building

Police officers in riot gear line up as protesters gather on the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. It took hours to regain control of the building

McCarthy phoned Trump directly to try to plead for assistance – but also called the president's son in law, Jared Kushner, who was returning form a trip to the Middle East.

Former counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, who doesn't even work for Trump anymore, tried to get through to him to urge action.

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

The office of the Mayor of Washington, desperate to get more National Guard forces amid logistical and jurisdictional hurdles, also reached out to Conway.

Chief of staff Mark Meadows urged Trump to speak out after an aide told him: 'They are going to kill people,' in reference to the rioters.

A primary area of the pleas related to something Trump was capable of doing on his own without engaging with the bureaucracy: issuing simple Twitter or video pleas for protesters to get out of the Capitol.

The appeals he finally made either lacked a direct call to fall back, or sprinkled in approving language even as the riot that would become deadly unfolded.

At 2:30 pm, about half an hour after the Capitol breach, Trump told his supporters to 'Please support our Capitol Police' and to 'Stay peaceful!'

His next message was more explicit, writing 'No violence!' – but claimed 'WE are the Party of Law & Order.'

After he finally put out a video at about 4 pm, Trump finally told his backers to 'go home.' But he also called them 'very special,' called the election 'fraudulent,' and said: 'You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel. But go home, and go home in peace.'

Trump himself had egged on his supporters with demands that they 'fight,' calling the election fraudulent, and putting pressure on Vice President Mike Pence, whose only role was ceremonial and involved opening and reading from envelopes containing electoral votes.

Trump was glued to the television as the storming of the Capitol was broadcast.

Prior reporting has revealed that the Washington D.C. government had requested a National Guard presence, but Guard were assigned to traffic and other assistance and weren't issued ammo or riot gear.

The now resigned chief of Capitol Police says he wanted more Guard support in advance of Wednesday but had been told by superiors to ask for it informally. The governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, says there were delays getting approval to send Guard forces from the Pentagon.

But it wasn't mere distraction that kept Trump from springing into action. It's not atht he was too busy because he was so consumed, which he was,' the New York Times reported.

'He was pleased because it was people fighting on his behalf. He was pleased because he liked the scene. And he was pleased because it was delaying the certification of the Electoral College vote,' the New York Times berichtet. 'He knew what was happening… He just didn't want to do anything.'

Although McCarthy told colleagues on a call Monday Trump had accepted 'some responsibility' for the riot, on Tuesday the president was back to his defiant posture familiar from impeachment and the Russia probe.

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 on Capitol 'reconnaissance' before riot as Stop the Steal organizer revealed to have boasted of help from three GOP congressmen

Rep. Mikie Sherrill said Tuesday she saw lawmakers giving tours she perceived to be 'a reconnaissance to groups Tuesday, January 5

Rep. Mikie Sherrill said Tuesday she saw lawmakers giving tours she perceived to be 'a reconnaissance to groups Tuesday, January 5

A Democratic representative revealed Tuesday she witnessed members of Congress leading 'reconnaissance' tours through the Capitol the day before the mob stormed the building – as more details emerged over the attack indicating three Republican lawmakers may have helped protesters get inside.

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

'We can't have a democracy if members of Congress are actively helping the president overturn the elections results,' Sherrill said of her colleagues she claims assisted Trump in inciting a crowd to storm the Capitol last Wednesday, January 6.

'Not only do I intend to see that the president is removed and never runs for office again and doesn't have access to classified material,' she continued in her straight-to-camera remarks.

'I also intend to see that those members of Congress who abetted him; those members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on Jan. 5 – a reconnaissance for the next day; those members of Congress that incited this violent crowd; those members of Congress that attempted to help our president undermine our democracy – I'm going to see they are held accountable, and if necessary, ensure that they don't serve in Congress.'

At the same time, new revelations are surfacing that a pro-Trump activist, Ali Alexander, claimed he was assisted by three GOP representatives to help organize the January 6 assault on the Capitol to disrupt the election certification.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an Instagram Live video Tuesday night that she feared for her life during the riots, specifically expressing her concerns that some GOP lawmakers would give away her location to the mob.

Sherrill's comments come as pro-Trump activist Ali Alexander revealed in a video on Periscope that three GOP lawmakers helped in organizing the disruption of Congress certifying the election for Joe Biden on January 6

Sherrill's comments come as pro-Trump activist Ali Alexander revealed in a video on Periscope that three GOP lawmakers helped in organizing the disruption of Congress certifying the election for Joe Biden on January 6

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn walks past members of the National Guard Wednesday morning as they try to get some sleep inside the U.S. Capitol

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn walks past members of the National Guard Wednesday morning as they try to get some sleep inside the U.S. Capitol

'I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive, and not just in a general sense but also in a very, very specific sense,' the progressive lawmaker said during the hour-long live stream.

She called the close encounter 'traumatizing' and claimed her 'near assassination' is 'not an exaggeration'.

'There were QAnon and white supremacist sympathizers, and frankly white supremacist members of Congress, in that extraction point who I have felt would disclose my location and would create opportunities to allow me to be hurt, kidnapped, etc.,' Ocasio-Cortez said.

She did not name any of the lawmakers she felt could have jeopardized 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 Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama were planning something big.

Alexander helped organize one of the demonstrations that converged on the Capitol lawn Wednesday – since then, his Facebook and Twitter accounts have been locked and he is banned from the social media platforms.

He said in a since-deleted video: 'I want to let you guys know how we're responding because I was the person who came up with the January 6 idea with Congressman Gosar, Congressman Mo Brooks and then Congressman Andy Biggs.'

All three lawmakers are hard-line Trump supporters.

'We four schemed up of putting maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting so that who we couldn't lobby, we could change the hearts and the minds of Republicans who were in that body hearing our loud roar from outside,' Alexander detailed.

In the video to Periscope, he said the purpose of the rally was 'to build momentum and pressure' on the day Congress moved to certify the election for Joe Biden. He also vowed that his group 'Stop the Steal' would find rooms in the nation's capital if hotels shut down in the midst of the unrest.

Alexander, pictured here with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones during a demonstration in Georgia in November, helped organize the 'Stop the Steal' protesters who gathered near the Capitol before the chaos broke out last Wednesday

Alexander, pictured here with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones during a demonstration in Georgia in November, helped organize the 'Stop the Steal' protesters who gathered near the Capitol before the chaos broke out last Wednesday

WHO IS ALI ALEXANDER?

Mugshot of Ali in January 2007 in a case where he pleaded guilty to  felony property theft

Ali also pleaded guilty a year later to a credit card abuse felony. This mugshot was taken August 2007

Ali Alexander pleaded guilty to two  separate felony charges in 2007 and 2008 in Forth Worth Texas

Ali Abdul-Razaq Ali, 35, is a far-right activist who who goes by Ali Alexander. He identifies as black and Arab, according to Politico.

He helped organize 'Stop the Steal' movement, which oppose Joe Biden's election win and is pushing to prove that President Donald Trump won reelection on November 3.

Ali also takes responsibility for organizing the January 6 rally that convened outside the Capitol before it was stormed by thousands of pro-Trump protesters. He said in a live-streamed video that GOP Representatives Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs and Mo Brooks assisted with the effort to disrupt the join session of Congress moving to certify the Electoral College results for Biden.

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

'We four schemed up of putting maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting so that who we couldn't lobby, we could change the hearts and the minds of Republicans who were in that body hearing our loud roar from outside,' he continued.

The activist runs with with Trump's circle. In the summer of 2019 he gathered at the White House for the president's 'social media summit' to bash platforms for their supposed anti-conservative and anti-Trump bias.

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

Ali Abdul-Razaq Ali, 35, who goes by Ali Alexander, is a far-right activist from Fort Worth, Texas

Ali Abdul-Razaq Ali, 35, who goes by Ali Alexander, is a far-right activist from Fort Worth, Texas

Ali raised questions during the Democratic primary race over then-candidate Kamal Harris's 'black-ness', sparking speculation he was waging a 'birther'-like campaign against her. The now vice president-elect is half Indian and half Jamaican.

'Kamala Harris is implying she is descended from American Black Slaves,' he wrote on Twitter in June 2019. 'She's not. She comes from Jamaican Slave Owners. It's good. She's not an American Black. Period.' Trump's eldest son Donald Trump Jr. retweeted and then deleted the post, asking if it was true, and helping it go viral.

Ali resides in Forth Worth, Texas. In 2007 he pleaded guilty to felony property theft in the Lone Star state and the next year also pleaded guilty to to a credit card abuse felony – also in Texas.

Alexander did not specifically call for violence and instead claimed the left is 'trying to push us to war.'

Biggs' office sent out a statement claiming the congressman has not met or spoken with Alexander.

Biggs' office responded to CNN, claiming he has not met or spoken with Alexander.

'Congressman Biggs is not aware of hearing of or meeting Mr. Alexander at any point — let alone working with him to organize some part of a planned protest,' the representative's spokesperson said.

'He did not have any contact with protestors or rioters, nor did he ever encourage or foster the rally or protests,' they continued. 'He was focused on his research and arguments to work within the confines of the law and established precedent to restore integrity to our elections, and to ensure that all Americans — regardless of party affiliation — can again have complete trust in our elections systems.'

Biggs, Gosar and Brooks all came under fire after going forward with objecting to the election results even after the violent Capitol riot forced them to evacuate the chamber and delayed proceedings for hours.

Sherrill, in her thirteen-and-a-half minute video posted to Facebook Tuesday, did not reveal which lawmakers she saw showing constituents around the Capitol last week – but she did make the shocking claim that the January 5 tours were part of some effort to get protesters familiar with the building before storming it the next day.

While some GOP lawmakers have come under fire for inciting the riots – whether directly or indirectly – or standing idly by as they unfolded, this is the most serious charge yet against sitting members of Congress regarding the unprecedented attack last week.

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

The House voted Tuesday evening on a non-binding resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to get Trump out of office now. The vote passed 223-205, with Sherrill voting in favor of it, even though Pence notified House Speaker 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 forward Wednesday on impeaching the president for the second time.

Sherrill said in her video that she intends to support the effort.

She also voiced the sharp divide, which is widening in Congress, claiming those who do not agree with Democratic ideals of democracy are 'now on different sides of this line.'

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