The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Trump for the second time, moving with extraordinary speed after the deadly U.S. Capitol siege that has become a dramatic final chapter to an unprecedented presidency.
House lawmakers voted 232-197 to impeach Trump, with 10 Republicans voting yes alongside the Democrats in a bipartisan effort. Roll Call Vote
Trump is now the sole president to be impeached twice. He was first impeached in 2019, but was acquitted early last year by the U.S. Senate.
The president was charged with “incitement of insurrection” just a week after pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, smashing windows, looting and ransacking rooms in an afternoon of violence that sent lawmakers scurrying for shelter and left five people dead.
Trump on Tuesday called the lightning-quick impeachment effort “a continuation of the greatest and most vicious witch hunt” in American history and warned it was “causing tremendous danger to our country.” He issued a statement Wednesday urging “NO violence, NO lawbreaking” and calling on “ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers.”
Here are the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach President Donald Trump.
Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
Liz Cheney of Wyoming
John Katko of New York
Fred Upton of Michigan
Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington
Dan Newhouse of Washington
Peter Meijer of Michigan
Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio
Tom Rice of South Carolina
David Valadao of California
House lawmakers debated whether to impeach Trump for several hours Wednesday afternoon, with arguments largely falling along party lines as Democrats painted Trump as a “danger” while Republicans called for “healing” instead of a “sham impeachment.”
“We know that the president of the United States incited this insurrection,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. “He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) January 14, 2021
But U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a staunch Trump ally, blasted Democrats’ “obsession” with “cancel culture.”
“We should be focused on bringing the nation together. Instead, Democrats are going to impeach the president for a second time one week — one week — before he leaves office,” Jordan said. “Why? Politics, and the fact that they want to cancel the president.”
With all due respect to Rep. Crenshaw, this is a minority view within the minority party. https://t.co/Q0kVVhlH4m
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) January 13, 2021
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said that while Trump “bears responsibility” for the attack on the Capitol impeaching him with just one week left in his term would be a “mistake.”
“No investigations have been completed,” McCarthy said, adding that “a vote to impeach will further divide the nation.”
House lawmakers rushed to impeach Trump before his term expired on Jan. 20 while simultaneously urging Vice President Mike Pence and the dwindling number of Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to strip Trump of his powers. Pence rejected those calls, telling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a letter Tuesday that he did “not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our nation or consistent with our Constitution.”
The entire Massachusetts delegation in the House, all Democrats, had signed on to the single article of impeachment against Trump.
“We are debating this historic measure at an actual crime scene, and we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the president of the United States,” U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said during a morning rules debate on the impeachment article.
At least six GOP lawmakers had pledged to impeach Trump before the vote, including U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming the No. 3 House Republican, who is now facing calls to remove her from her leadership post.
But U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, warned that a second impeachment coupled with a Senate conviction could make Trump a “martyr” and encourage his supporters.
Aides of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have reportedly told Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s staff that McConnell won’t call senators into emergency session to deal with a potential impeachment trial.
The Senate currently is not scheduled to meet again until Jan. 19, the day before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
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