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House in session to consider article of impeachment, which charges Trump with incitement of insurrection in connection to Capitol riotHouse in session to consider article of impeachment, which charges Trump with incitement of insurrection in connection to Capitol riot
Republican leadership in the US Senate is mulling the possibility of beginning an impeachment trial of Donald Trump as early as Friday if (as appears highly likely) the Democratic Party-dominated House of Representatives approves one article of impeachment, according to a report this morning.
A senior Senate Republican aide, who asked not to be identified, has told the above to the Reuters news agency, and stressed that no decisions had yet been made on whether to take that step.
Jim Jordan, one of the president’s fiercest congressional allies, said Liz Cheney should be removed as House Republican conference chair for supporting impeachment.
“We ought to have a second vote,” Jordan said, per the Washington Post. “The conference ought to vote on that.”
The proposal to oust Cheney for her impeachment vote seems to be at odds with Republicans’ calls for unity and healing after a violent, pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol last week.
Apparently the unity does not apply to House members.
The vote on the rule to set up debate on the article of impeachment is underway, and a number of Republicans are voting by proxy.
The decision is noteworthy because Republican members have criticized House speaker Nancy Pelosi for allowing voting by proxy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
But today, a week after a violent mob stormed the US Capitol, many Republican members are taking the proxy option.
As the vote continues, House members are once again sidestepping the metal detectors that have been set up outside the chamber.As the vote continues, House members are once again sidestepping the metal detectors that have been set up outside the chamber.
A HuffPost reporter saw three Republican members -- Bob Gibbs, Chip Roy and Garret Graves -- ignore the metal detectors.A HuffPost reporter saw three Republican members -- Bob Gibbs, Chip Roy and Garret Graves -- ignore the metal detectors.
Another Republican member, Russ Fulcher, pushed past a cop guarding the metal detectors to gain access to the floor.Another Republican member, Russ Fulcher, pushed past a cop guarding the metal detectors to gain access to the floor.
The metal detectors were set up yesterday to provide more security on the floor, in response to the violent riot at the Capitol last week, but some Republicans have objected to their use or ignored them entirely.The metal detectors were set up yesterday to provide more security on the floor, in response to the violent riot at the Capitol last week, but some Republicans have objected to their use or ignored them entirely.
The House is now voting on the rule to open debate on the article of impeachment, incitement of insurrection, against Donald Trump.The House is now voting on the rule to open debate on the article of impeachment, incitement of insurrection, against Donald Trump.
Dozens of Republicans have already voted against the rule, but it is expected to pass with all Democrats’ support.Dozens of Republicans have already voted against the rule, but it is expected to pass with all Democrats’ support.
This is a procedural vote that will allow the House to move on to debate the article of impeachment itself. The final vote on the article will come this afternoon.This is a procedural vote that will allow the House to move on to debate the article of impeachment itself. The final vote on the article will come this afternoon.
A New York Times reporter captured a picture of a group of black National Guard troops posing for a photo with the statue of civil rights leader Rosa Parks in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall.A New York Times reporter captured a picture of a group of black National Guard troops posing for a photo with the statue of civil rights leader Rosa Parks in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall.
The picture resonated with many, given that it was taken just a week after violent rioters (many of whom espoused white supremacist views) stormed the Capitol.The picture resonated with many, given that it was taken just a week after violent rioters (many of whom espoused white supremacist views) stormed the Capitol.
These black service members are now protecting the very lawmakers who were forced to shelter in place because of that mob.These black service members are now protecting the very lawmakers who were forced to shelter in place because of that mob.
Nancy Mace, a Republican of South Carolina, delivered her first floor speech as a congresswoman moments ago, addressing the article of impeachment against Donald Trump.Nancy Mace, a Republican of South Carolina, delivered her first floor speech as a congresswoman moments ago, addressing the article of impeachment against Donald Trump.
“This is not the reason why I wanted to give my first speech in our chambers,” Mace said.“This is not the reason why I wanted to give my first speech in our chambers,” Mace said.
Mace expressed dismay about the violence at the Capitol last week, saying she was very grateful that she sent her children home before Wednesday because she was worried about the rhetoric she was seeing.Mace expressed dismay about the violence at the Capitol last week, saying she was very grateful that she sent her children home before Wednesday because she was worried about the rhetoric she was seeing.
Mace, who has been very critical of Trump and his allies who have echoed his baseless claims of widespread fraud in the presidential election, then went on to argue this impeachment is “rushed,” so she will not be supporting it.Mace, who has been very critical of Trump and his allies who have echoed his baseless claims of widespread fraud in the presidential election, then went on to argue this impeachment is “rushed,” so she will not be supporting it.
She added that “there is violence on both sides of the aisle.” But the violence last week, which resulted in five deaths, was incited by the president and was carried out by a group of his supporters.She added that “there is violence on both sides of the aisle.” But the violence last week, which resulted in five deaths, was incited by the president and was carried out by a group of his supporters.
“I hold him accountable for the events that transpired,” Mace said of Trump. And yet ... she is not supporting impeachment.“I hold him accountable for the events that transpired,” Mace said of Trump. And yet ... she is not supporting impeachment.
The Capitol rioter who was photographed wearing a sweatshirt that said “Camp Auschwitz” has been arrested, according to multiple reports.The Capitol rioter who was photographed wearing a sweatshirt that said “Camp Auschwitz” has been arrested, according to multiple reports.
The rioter was identified as Robert Keith Packer of Virginia.The rioter was identified as Robert Keith Packer of Virginia.
CNN reports:CNN reports:
Steny Hoyer, the House majority leader, rejected Republicans’ arguments that a swift impeachment would only further divide the country, after the president incited a violent mob to storm the Capitol.Steny Hoyer, the House majority leader, rejected Republicans’ arguments that a swift impeachment would only further divide the country, after the president incited a violent mob to storm the Capitol.
“There are consequences to actions, and the actions of president of the United States demand urgent, clear action by the Congress of the United States,” Hoyer said.“There are consequences to actions, and the actions of president of the United States demand urgent, clear action by the Congress of the United States,” Hoyer said.
Hoyer quoted the five Republican members of Congress who have already said they will support impeachment, including Liz Cheney, the House Republican conference chair.Hoyer quoted the five Republican members of Congress who have already said they will support impeachment, including Liz Cheney, the House Republican conference chair.
The majority leader predicted that more Republicans would join them in supporting impeachment when the vote happens this afternoon.The majority leader predicted that more Republicans would join them in supporting impeachment when the vote happens this afternoon.
The appearance of National Guard troops at the Capitol this morning is a visceral reminder of the violence that took place last week.The appearance of National Guard troops at the Capitol this morning is a visceral reminder of the violence that took place last week.
One picture, captured by a New York Times photographer, shows troops resting in a hallway that Nancy Pelosi frequently passes through on her way to her office.One picture, captured by a New York Times photographer, shows troops resting in a hallway that Nancy Pelosi frequently passes through on her way to her office.
The plaque next to the troops honors the service members who were quartered in the Capitol during the Civil War.The plaque next to the troops honors the service members who were quartered in the Capitol during the Civil War.
A CNN reporter shared a tweet comparing photos of troops at the Capitol today to sketches of troops at the Capitol during the Civil War.A CNN reporter shared a tweet comparing photos of troops at the Capitol today to sketches of troops at the Capitol during the Civil War.
Tom Cole, the top Republican on the House rules committee, made a process argument against the second impeachment of Donald Trump.Tom Cole, the top Republican on the House rules committee, made a process argument against the second impeachment of Donald Trump.
“This is not the type of robust process we’ve followed for every modern impeachment,” Cole said on the House floor.“This is not the type of robust process we’ve followed for every modern impeachment,” Cole said on the House floor.
The Republican congressman called for “healing” after a violent mob stormed the Capitol, arguing another impeachment would only further divide the nation.The Republican congressman called for “healing” after a violent mob stormed the Capitol, arguing another impeachment would only further divide the nation.
It’s worth noting that last week, Cole supported an objection to counting Arizona and Pennsylvania’s electoral votes for Joe Biden after the violence at the Capitol.It’s worth noting that last week, Cole supported an objection to counting Arizona and Pennsylvania’s electoral votes for Joe Biden after the violence at the Capitol.
Steny Hoyer, the House majority leader, told NBC News that the chamber would immediately send the impeachment article to the Senate if it passes the House.Steny Hoyer, the House majority leader, told NBC News that the chamber would immediately send the impeachment article to the Senate if it passes the House.
There had been discussions among Democrats about holding back the article until their party took control of the Senate, but it seems House leadership decided against that.There had been discussions among Democrats about holding back the article until their party took control of the Senate, but it seems House leadership decided against that.
The House is now debating the rule to set up the debate on the impeachment article later today, which will precede the vote on the article.The House is now debating the rule to set up the debate on the impeachment article later today, which will precede the vote on the article.
Speaking on the House floor, Jim McGovern, the Democratic chairman of the rules committee, noted that today’s vote is taking place at “an actual crime scene” after a violent mob stormed the Capitol.Speaking on the House floor, Jim McGovern, the Democratic chairman of the rules committee, noted that today’s vote is taking place at “an actual crime scene” after a violent mob stormed the Capitol.
McGovern recounted how Donald Trump incited the crowd to attack the Capitol, by encouraging a group of his supporters at a rally to march down Pennsylvania Avenue as Congress certified Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.McGovern recounted how Donald Trump incited the crowd to attack the Capitol, by encouraging a group of his supporters at a rally to march down Pennsylvania Avenue as Congress certified Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.
“I saw evil,” McGovern said of the rioters.“I saw evil,” McGovern said of the rioters.
Grun Kibben, the House chaplain, reflected on the gravity of the day and the grief of the past week in her opening prayer this morning.Grun Kibben, the House chaplain, reflected on the gravity of the day and the grief of the past week in her opening prayer this morning.
“We stand before you to give account for our role in today’s momentous decisions and our deepest desire to carry out responsibilities to govern, protect and preserve this nation while yet unsettled by the events of this past week,” Kibben said.“We stand before you to give account for our role in today’s momentous decisions and our deepest desire to carry out responsibilities to govern, protect and preserve this nation while yet unsettled by the events of this past week,” Kibben said.
The president’s likely impeachment comes exactly one week after he incited a violent, pro-Trump mob to storm the Capitol, resulting in five deaths.The president’s likely impeachment comes exactly one week after he incited a violent, pro-Trump mob to storm the Capitol, resulting in five deaths.
After gaveling in the session, the House immediately went into a brief recess before starting the debate on the article of impeachment.After gaveling in the session, the House immediately went into a brief recess before starting the debate on the article of impeachment.
The final vote on the article, incitement of insurrection, is expected around 3 pm ET.The final vote on the article, incitement of insurrection, is expected around 3 pm ET.
The article is expected to pass with the support of all Democrats and at least five Republicans, meaning this impeachment (unlike Donald Trump’s first impeachment) will be bipartisan.The article is expected to pass with the support of all Democrats and at least five Republicans, meaning this impeachment (unlike Donald Trump’s first impeachment) will be bipartisan.
The House has now gaveled in its session to debate and vote on the article of impeachment, incitement of insurrection, against Donald Trump.The House has now gaveled in its session to debate and vote on the article of impeachment, incitement of insurrection, against Donald Trump.
Over on Capitol Hill, National Guard troops have been deployed to protect lawmakers and staffers amid the impeachment vote, in response to the violence last week that has left five people dead.Over on Capitol Hill, National Guard troops have been deployed to protect lawmakers and staffers amid the impeachment vote, in response to the violence last week that has left five people dead.