US House starts session on Trump impeachment

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 14, 2021

In brief remarks, she said Trump must be impeached and removed from office for "directly and specifically" inciting "a violent attempt to interrupt our democracy".

Hours later, after the all-clear was given, the Senate voted to ratify the election results, despite some Republican members still objecting.

"For years we have been asked to turn a blind eye to the criminality, corruption and blatant disregard for the rule of law from this tyrant in the White House", Omar said in a House floor speech during the impeachment debate. Three - Trump in 2019, Bill Clinton in 1998 and Andrew Johnson in 1868 - were impeached by the House but acquitted by the Senate. In that instance, Democrats alleged that Trump had abused his power to pressure the Ukrainian president into investigating the family of President-elect Joe Biden. Trump denied the charges.

Trump's impeachment for the second time in 13 months - which would make him the first President in history to be impeached twice - appears to be a foregone conclusion.

Although impeachment was used three times in the past to remove a sitting elected official, it can also be used against former federal officials, resulting in severe punishments that could affect their futures, according to the Constitution.

One week before Trump is to leave office, a total of 232 lawmakers, including 10 Republicans who broke with the president, voted to impeach the United States leader. "The Senate is required to act and will proceed with his trial and hold a vote on his conviction".

There is a historical precedent for such a move.

"Democrats have prosecuted another unwarranted and politically motivated impeachment", Hagedorn said in a statement released after the House vote.

Biden said it was important that a Senate impeachment trial in the early days of his term not delay work on his legislative priorities, including cabinet confirmations, and urged Senate leaders to find a way to do both at the same time.

The Senate's Republican majority leader, Mitch McConnell, rejected Democratic calls for a quick impeachment trial, saying there was no way to conclude it before Trump leaves office. There is no timetable on an impeachment trial.

Impeachment in the House triggers a trial in the Senate. But Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the House majority leader, indicated that Democrats will try to move quickly.

"We can do it even after Trump leaves and it could be done in a way that he would not be able to hold office again", Leahy said.

On Tuesday, the Illinois Republican said he would vote to impeach Trump, saying the president "broke his oath to office and incited" the January 6 "insurrection" and "used his position in the Executive to attack the Legislative". But even if he has left the White House, a Senate conviction of Trump could lead to a vote on banning him from running for office again. Minnesota's two Democratic senators, Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, both voted to remove Trump a year ago following House impeachment, and both have said since last week's Capitol attack that he no longer deserves to be in office.

"I am not choosing a side, I'm choosing truth", Republican Jamie Herrera Beutler said in announcing her support for impeachment, drawing applause from Democrats.

McConnell has told confidants that he believes Trump committed impeachable offenses, a source told ABC News.

"Hours went by before the president did anything meaningful to stop the attack".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump must be held accountable for inciting last week's violent attack on Congress.

And Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, hasn't yet taken a position on impeachment, however, she said she hoped the president would resign.

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