Written by Lisa Mascaro, Zeki Miller, and Marie Claire Gallonic The Associated Press
Washington – On Tuesday, the US House of Representatives scrambled to impeach President Donald Trump from the bloody Capitol attack, and it took only time to try to persuade his deputy to remove him first. Trump showed no remorse, blaming the impeachment itself for “tremendous anger” in America.
Trump is already set to leave office next week, and he is on the cusp of becoming the only president in history to be impeached twice. His inflammatory speech at a rally before the Capitol Uprising is now on the charge of accountability against him, even with the lies he spread about election fraud some Republicans still support.
United States Democrats in Colorado. Joe Nigues of Lafayette and Diana Digit of Denver have been appointed as Directors of Accountability in the event that efforts to impeach Trump move to the Senate. There are 9 Democratic members of the House of Representatives in that position.
When Trump was impeached last year, Aurora US Representative Jason Crowe was Director of Accountability.
The House of Representatives met Tuesday evening to vote to urge Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to remove Trump through a cabinet vote. But shortly before that, Pence had said in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he would not do so.
He said that this would not be in the interest of the nation or in line with the constitution, and that “the time has come to unify our country as we prepare for the inauguration of the elected president, Joe Biden.”
Meanwhile, three Republican lawmakers, including Leader of the House Republican Party, Liz Cheney, from Wyoming, announced that they will vote to impeach Trump on Wednesday, fracturing the Republican leadership and the party itself.
“The president of the United States summoned this mob, gathered the mob, and lit the torch of this attack,” Cheney said in a statement. “There has never been any greater betrayal by the president of the United States of his office and the swearing in of the Constitution.”
As lawmakers met again at the Capitol for the first time since the bloody blockade, they were Preparing for more violence Before the inauguration of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden on January 20.
“We all have to do some soul-searching,” said Democratic Representative Jimmy Ruskin of Maryland, and appealed to other Republicans to join.
Trump, meanwhile, Lawmakers warned of impeachment They indicated that the motive for his ouster was what divides the country.
“To continue down this path I think it poses an enormous danger to our country and causes tremendous anger,” Trump said.
In his first statements to reporters since the violence that took place last week, the outgoing president did not offer any condolences for the dead or injured, and said only, “I do not want violence.”
With Pence excluded from implementing the 25th Amendment, the House of Representatives will quickly move to impeachment on Wednesday.
Trump faces one count – “incitement to disobedience” – in Dismissal decision After the most dangerous local incursion into the Capitol in the nation’s history.
During an emotional debate before the House action, Representative Norma Torres, a Democrat from California, urged her fellow Republicans to understand the stakes, and she narrated a phone call from her son as she fled during the blockade.
She said to him, “Baby, I’m fine.” “I run for my life.”
But Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, a major Trump ally who was just honored this week at the White House, refused to give Biden an election victory outright.
Representative Jim McGovern, a Massachusetts Democrat, linked such talk to the Capitol attack, interfering, “People came here because they believed the lie.
Two Republicans, MPs. Former federal prosecutor John Katko of New York, and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, a veteran of the Air Force, announced that they would also vote for accountability.
A handful of other Republicans in the House of Representatives could join the impeachment vote, but it is not clear that there will be the two-thirds vote required to condemn the narrowly divided Senate, although some Republicans say it is time for Trump to resign.
Unprecedented events are unfolding, with just over a week remaining on Trump’s term, in a country bracing for more turmoil. The FBI has it He warned ominously of possible armed protests In Washington and Many countries By Trump loyalists before Biden’s inauguration and Capitol Police have warned lawmakers to be on alert. The opening ceremony on the western steps of the Capitol will be off-limits to the public.
Lawmakers were required to pass through metal detectors to enter the House of Representatives, not far from where Capitol Police, pulled rifles, and the door to rioters had surrounded. Some Republican lawmakers complained about it.
A Capitol police officer died of wounds sustained in the riots and police shot a woman during the violence. Three other people died in what the authorities said were medical emergencies.
In the Senate, Republican Pat Tommy of Pennsylvania joined the Republican senator. Lisa Murkowski from Alaska over the weekend calling on Trump to “leave as soon as possible.”
Senator. Rob Portman, from Ohio, did not go that far, but on Tuesday he called on Trump to address the nation and openly urged his supporters to refrain from more violence. If not, he said, Trump “will take responsibility.”
No cabinet member has publicly called for Trump’s removal from office through the 25th Amendment.
Biden said it was important to ensure that “people who have participated in sedition, threatened lives, and mutilated public property, caused enormous damage – that they are held accountable.”
In response to concerns that the impeachment trial could hinder Biden’s early days in office, the president-elect is encouraging senators to divide their time between addressing his priorities to confirming his candidates and agreeing to COVID relief while the trial is also taking place.
Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer suggested in a letter to his colleagues on Tuesday that the Chamber would do both.
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As Congress summed up, anxiety engulfed the halls. More Lawmakers have tested positive for COVID-19 After sheltering during the siege. Many lawmakers have been voting by proxy rather than coming to Washington, a process put in place last year to reduce the health risks of travel.
One of Trump’s closest allies in Congress, Republican Leader in the House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy, was among those echoing the president’s statement, saying that “accountability at this time will have the opposite effect in uniting our country.”
Democratic House of Representatives say they have accountability votes. The impeachment bill was drafted by the deputies. David Cecilin of Rhode Island and Ted Liu of California, while the riots are closed, joined by Ruskin of Maryland and Gerold Nadler of New York, draw on Trump’s false statements about his election defeat to Biden.
Judges across the country, some of whom have been nominated by Trump, including cases that were repeatedly dismissed to challenge election results, and former Attorney General William Barr, a Trump ally, said there were no indications of widespread fraud.
The impeachment bill also clarifies Trump’s pressure on state officials in Georgia to “find” more votes, in addition to his gathering in the White House before the Capitol siege, as he encouraged thousands of his supporters last Wednesday to “fight like hell” into the building.
A mob defeated the police, breaching security lines and windows and engulfing the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to scatter as they put the finishing touches to Biden’s victory over Trump in the Electoral College.
While some have questioned the impeachment of the president, who is very close to the end of his term, there is a precedent. In 1876, during the Ulysses Grant administration, Secretary of War William Belknapp was impeached by the House of Representatives the day he resigned, and the Senate held a trial months later. He was acquitted.
Colorado Sun Jesse Paul contributed to this report.
Associated Press writers Alan Fram, Jill Colvin, Ellen Knickmeyer, and Bill Barrow contributed to this report.
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