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Washington Republican Dan Newhouse joins other in his party supporting impeachment, saying Trump ‘inflamed a violent mob’Washington Republican Dan Newhouse joins other in his party supporting impeachment, saying Trump ‘inflamed a violent mob’
Young Kim, a freshman Republican congresswoman who flipped a California district that Donald Trump lost by 10 points, will vote against impeachment.
“The violence we saw last week was disgusting. Our law enforcement was attacked, lives were lost and more were put in danger. These rioters must be held accountable. Words have consequences and I believe the president should also be held accountable,” Kim said in a statement.
“However, I believe impeaching the president at this time will fail to hold him accountable or allow us to move forward once President-elect Biden is sworn in. This process will only create more fissures in our country as we emerge from some of our darkest days.”
So far, only six House Republicans have signaled they intend to support the article of impeachment.
It is now past 3 pm in Washington, but the House has not yet moved on to the final vote on the article of impeachment.
The House majority leader, Steny Hoyer, said yesterday that the final vote would occur at roughly 3 pm, but there are about 20 minutes of debate left.
Once the debate has concluded, the chamber will move on to voting on the article, which is expected to be approved.
Chip Roy, a Republican of Texas who has criticized his colleagues’ efforts to cast baseless doubt upon the legitimacy of the presidential election, said he believed Donald Trump had committed “impeachable” offenses.
“The president of the United States deserves universal condemnation for what was clearly, in my opinion, impeachable conduct, pressuring the vice president to violate his oath to the constitution.” Roy said in his speech.
And yet Roy will not be supporting the article of impeachment. The congressman argued the article had been drafted in a manner that targeted political speech itself.
Here’s what the article says, in part: “Donald John Trump engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States ...
“Donald John Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office[.]”
Marjorie Taylor Greene, the freshman Georgia congresswoman who supports the QAnon conspiracy theory, delivered her speech while wearing a mask that said “censored”.Marjorie Taylor Greene, the freshman Georgia congresswoman who supports the QAnon conspiracy theory, delivered her speech while wearing a mask that said “censored”.
Greene did not seem to pick up on the irony that she was claiming to be “censored” while delivering a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, which was broadcast on national television.Greene did not seem to pick up on the irony that she was claiming to be “censored” while delivering a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, which was broadcast on national television.
Nancy Pelosi will speak today at the lectern that was taken by one of the rioters during the violence at the Capitol last week.Nancy Pelosi will speak today at the lectern that was taken by one of the rioters during the violence at the Capitol last week.
A House staffer was seen wheeling the lectern through Statuary Hall as the floor debate on the article of impeachment continued.A House staffer was seen wheeling the lectern through Statuary Hall as the floor debate on the article of impeachment continued.
During the riot last week, a man was photographed carrying the speaker’s lectern through the Rotunda with a smile and a wave to the camera.During the riot last week, a man was photographed carrying the speaker’s lectern through the Rotunda with a smile and a wave to the camera.
The man, identified as Adam Christian Johnson of Florida, was arrested on federal charges two days later.The man, identified as Adam Christian Johnson of Florida, was arrested on federal charges two days later.
New York Democratic representative Adriano Espaillat just spoke in utter fury about a mob “summoned and dispatched” by Donald Trump to attack the US Capitol on January 6, including one rioter who waved a Confederate flag inside the complex.New York Democratic representative Adriano Espaillat just spoke in utter fury about a mob “summoned and dispatched” by Donald Trump to attack the US Capitol on January 6, including one rioter who waved a Confederate flag inside the complex.
He said he believed that those exhorted by the president to march on the Capitol as both chambers of Congress were in session to certify the election result in Joe Biden’s favor were intent on trying to kidnap lawmakers.He said he believed that those exhorted by the president to march on the Capitol as both chambers of Congress were in session to certify the election result in Joe Biden’s favor were intent on trying to kidnap lawmakers.
Espaillat said he believes thugs aimed “to assassinate Pence and Pelosi”, referring to the Republican vice president Mike Pence and the Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.Espaillat said he believes thugs aimed “to assassinate Pence and Pelosi”, referring to the Republican vice president Mike Pence and the Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
Trump had urged his supporters at a rally before the riot to march on the Capitol and “fight” to overturn the election result, after his requests to Pence somehow to engineer such a thing (which is not in the vice president’s power) had failed.Trump had urged his supporters at a rally before the riot to march on the Capitol and “fight” to overturn the election result, after his requests to Pence somehow to engineer such a thing (which is not in the vice president’s power) had failed.
Moments ago, Cori Bush, the newly elected progressive congresswoman from St Louis, delivered an impassioned speech calling for the impeachment of Donald Trump.Moments ago, Cori Bush, the newly elected progressive congresswoman from St Louis, delivered an impassioned speech calling for the impeachment of Donald Trump.
“If we fail to remove a white supremacist president who incited a white supremacist insurrection, it’s communities like Missouri’s 1st district that suffer the most,” Bush said.“If we fail to remove a white supremacist president who incited a white supremacist insurrection, it’s communities like Missouri’s 1st district that suffer the most,” Bush said.
“The 117th Congress must understand that we have a mandate to legislate in defense of Black lives. The first step in that process is to root out white supremacy, starting with impeaching the white supremacist-in-chief.”“The 117th Congress must understand that we have a mandate to legislate in defense of Black lives. The first step in that process is to root out white supremacy, starting with impeaching the white supremacist-in-chief.”
As she finished her speech, Bush’s denunciation of white supremacy was booed by some of her Republican colleagues.As she finished her speech, Bush’s denunciation of white supremacy was booed by some of her Republican colleagues.
The statement from the president, which calls for “no violence,” comes a week after Donald Trump incited a violent mob to storm the Capitol, resulting in five deaths.The statement from the president, which calls for “no violence,” comes a week after Donald Trump incited a violent mob to storm the Capitol, resulting in five deaths.
The president has consistently denied responsibility for inciting the riot, despite telling a group of his supporters to march to the Capitol moments before the building was breached.The president has consistently denied responsibility for inciting the riot, despite telling a group of his supporters to march to the Capitol moments before the building was breached.
Trump claimed yesterday that his words were “totally appropriate,” even though they have been intensely criticized by members of both parties.Trump claimed yesterday that his words were “totally appropriate,” even though they have been intensely criticized by members of both parties.
Donald Trump has put out a statement from the White House.Donald Trump has put out a statement from the White House.
The statement includes: “In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO violence of any kind. He calls for folks to calm down.The statement includes: “In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO violence of any kind. He calls for folks to calm down.
The House of Representatives is on track to impeach Donald Trump this afternoon, so do stay tuned. It’s been a busy morning. Here are the main points so far:The House of Representatives is on track to impeach Donald Trump this afternoon, so do stay tuned. It’s been a busy morning. Here are the main points so far:
Six Republican members of the House of Representatives have now indicated they will support the impeachment of Donald Trump. That will boost the overwhelming Democratic push for the action, with the official impeachment moment not long away.Six Republican members of the House of Representatives have now indicated they will support the impeachment of Donald Trump. That will boost the overwhelming Democratic push for the action, with the official impeachment moment not long away.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell’s office has said there will be no impeachment trial before 19 January, when the chamber is currently set to return from recess.Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell’s office has said there will be no impeachment trial before 19 January, when the chamber is currently set to return from recess.
House speaker Nancy Pelosi quoted Abraham Lincoln, saying, “We cannot escape history. We... will be remembered in spite of ourselves.” She said Trump must be removed from office. “He must go...he is a clear and present danger to the nation we all love.”House speaker Nancy Pelosi quoted Abraham Lincoln, saying, “We cannot escape history. We... will be remembered in spite of ourselves.” She said Trump must be removed from office. “He must go...he is a clear and present danger to the nation we all love.”
Steny Hoyer, the House majority leader, rejected Republicans’ arguments that a swift impeachment would only further divide the country. “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.Steny Hoyer, the House majority leader, rejected Republicans’ arguments that a swift impeachment would only further divide the country. “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.
Washington state Republican Dan Newhouse just rose on the floor of the House and said he would support the historic impeachment today of Donald Trump.Washington state Republican Dan Newhouse just rose on the floor of the House and said he would support the historic impeachment today of Donald Trump.
In a strongly worded statement last night, Liz Cheney, a representative from Wyoming, the No. 3 Republican in the House, and the daughter of the former vice-president Dick Cheney, said that Trump had “summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack” during the Capitol riot on January 6.In a strongly worded statement last night, Liz Cheney, a representative from Wyoming, the No. 3 Republican in the House, and the daughter of the former vice-president Dick Cheney, said that Trump had “summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack” during the Capitol riot on January 6.
“Everything that followed was his doing,” she said. “None of this would have happened without the president. I will vote to impeach the president.”“Everything that followed was his doing,” she said. “None of this would have happened without the president. I will vote to impeach the president.”
After setting the ball rolling by House GOP members, Cheney was joined last night by the Washington representative Jaime Herrera Beutler, the New York representative John Katko, the Illinois representative Adam Kinzinger, and representative Fred Upton, of Michigan, the Republicans who all said they would vote for impeachment.After setting the ball rolling by House GOP members, Cheney was joined last night by the Washington representative Jaime Herrera Beutler, the New York representative John Katko, the Illinois representative Adam Kinzinger, and representative Fred Upton, of Michigan, the Republicans who all said they would vote for impeachment.
Newhouse said there was “no excuse” for the president’s actions, when he encouraged hyper-loyal supporters to march on the US Capitol a week ago, egged on to attempt to overturn the results of the election by force.Newhouse said there was “no excuse” for the president’s actions, when he encouraged hyper-loyal supporters to march on the US Capitol a week ago, egged on to attempt to overturn the results of the election by force.
House minority leader Kevin McCarthy is decrying the events of January 6 as “the worst day I’ve ever seen in Congress”.House minority leader Kevin McCarthy is decrying the events of January 6 as “the worst day I’ve ever seen in Congress”.
McCarthy said:“The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.”McCarthy said:“The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.”
But the California Republican is not in favor of impeaching Donald Trump. He’s arguing for a creating a fact-finding commission and an official censure of the president to suffice.But the California Republican is not in favor of impeaching Donald Trump. He’s arguing for a creating a fact-finding commission and an official censure of the president to suffice.
He repeated something that he reportedly told Trump directly - that, unlike what he points out “some say”, the violent mob that invaded the US Capitol last week was not driven by far left anti-fascist activists collectively known as “antifa”.He repeated something that he reportedly told Trump directly - that, unlike what he points out “some say”, the violent mob that invaded the US Capitol last week was not driven by far left anti-fascist activists collectively known as “antifa”.
“There is no evidence of that,” McCarthy said.“There is no evidence of that,” McCarthy said.
He talked of pledging a smooth transition to the presidency of Joe Biden a week from today. Smattering of applause for McCarthy.He talked of pledging a smooth transition to the presidency of Joe Biden a week from today. Smattering of applause for McCarthy.
House Democrats have consistently denounced Donald Trump for inciting the Capitol riot during the debate on the article of impeachment.House Democrats have consistently denounced Donald Trump for inciting the Capitol riot during the debate on the article of impeachment.
Hakeem Jeffries, who served as an impeachment manager during the president’s first Senate trial, referred to Trump as “a living, breathing impeachable offense”.Hakeem Jeffries, who served as an impeachment manager during the president’s first Senate trial, referred to Trump as “a living, breathing impeachable offense”.
Moments later, Jamie Raskin, the Democrat who will serve as the lead impeachment manager this time around, also criticized Republicans who have tried to blame Democrats for the violence seen last week.Moments later, Jamie Raskin, the Democrat who will serve as the lead impeachment manager this time around, also criticized Republicans who have tried to blame Democrats for the violence seen last week.
“It is a bit much to be hearing that these people would not be trying to destroy our government and kill us if we just weren’t so mean to them,” Raskin said.“It is a bit much to be hearing that these people would not be trying to destroy our government and kill us if we just weren’t so mean to them,” Raskin said.