WASHINGTON – The list of impeached presidents is as follows: Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Donald Trump.
Donald John Trump on Wednesday became the first American official – not to mention the president – to be impeached twice by the House of Representatives. The vote came exactly one week after inciting the insurgency on Capitol Hill and a week before President-elect Joe Biden was inaugurated.
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The House voted 232-197 in favor of impeachment. Ten Republicans joined Democrats in voting for impeachment, a record number for the president’s party.
The Republicans who voted for impeachment are Representatives: Lis Cheney (Wyo.), Jaime Herrera Beutler (Washington), John Katko (NY), Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), Fred Upton (Mich.), Dan Newhouse (Washington) ), Peter Meijer (Michigan), Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), David Valadao (California) and Tom Rice (SC).
The impeachment article accuses Trump of “inciting insurgency.” This is a unique article, written closely by Reps David Cicilline (DR.I.) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) As they were locked out during the Capitol Riot the last week.
The purpose of such a focused impeachment resolution was to avoid the need for lengthy hearings and testimony. Cicillin told reporters Wednesday morning they drafted the legislation to be “very specific.”
“There is overwhelming evidence of the president’s incitement,” he said.
Members of Congress witnessed the incitement and its repercussions with their own eyes when a crowd stormed the Capitol building shortly after a speech by Trump himself, who spent months telling his supporters that the 2020 election had been stolen. Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died as a result of the attack. This evidence was enough for most members of the House to say that the president – already deemed too dangerous for a Twitter account – should be impeached a second time.
But Trump’s grip on the GOP is still strong. The Republican-controlled Senate will not allow a quick impeachment trial. And even after inspiring a violent and deadly attack on Capitol Hill, many Republican lawmakers – including those who were the targets of violence themselves – were still on their president’s side.
On the floor of the House before the vote, Republican lawmakers made repeated apologies for the president. Row Republican on the Judiciary Committee Jim Jordan of Ohio rejected the president’s remarks calling on supporters to march on Capitol Hill because the “cancellation culture” has gone mad.
Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) Said the attack on Capitol Hill might never have happened “if we continued [Black Lives Matter] and antifa rioters across the country with the same determination over the past six months.
And House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) Said an impeachment vote “would further divide this nation.”
“To indict the president in such a short period of time would be a mistake,” he said. “No investigation has been completed, no hearing has taken place. The Senate has confirmed that no trial will begin until President-elect Biden is sworn in. “
McCarthy did admit that the president was responsible for the attack on the Capitol. He said there was “absolutely no evidence” that the antifa had taken part in the insurgency. And he suggested he could have supported the formation of a bipartisan commission to examine the riots, as well as a resolution of censure against the president.
A smaller proportion of Republicans have broken with Trump. Most notably, Republican Liz Cheney of Wyoming, No. 3 Republican in the House, said in a statement Tuesday night that the attack would not have happened without the president and that he could have intervened immediately and forcefully to end the violence. . “He didn’t,” Cheney said.
“There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” she continued, pledging to vote for impeachment.
Democrats and Republicans generally agree that Trump did not do enough to stop the attack on Capitol Hill, and that he certainly did not do enough in time. But Democrats believe it went much further than that.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said Trump was a “clear and present danger to the nation.”
“The President of the United States has instigated this insurgency, this armed rebellion, against our common country,” she said. “He must go.”
Intelligence President Adam Schiff (D-California) called the attack “the most dangerous moment for our democracy in a century.”
And the chairman of the judiciary, Jerry Nadler (DN.Y.), noted that the president had spent months spreading lies about electoral fraud and had convinced his supporters that accepting the election result was a “Existential threat to their families and their freedom”.
He also referred to the words Trump said in a rally speech on January 6, the day of the attack:
“If you don’t fight like hell, you won’t have a country anymore,” Trump said.
“We will stop the theft,” Trump said.
“We will never give up. We will never concede. It doesn’t happen, ”Trump said.
“We’re going to walk to Capitol Hill and we’re going to cheer on our brave Senators and Congressmen and Women, and we’re probably not going to cheer some of them that much,” Trump said.
But Trump is unlikely to be removed from his post before noon on January 20, when Biden takes office.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Informed Senate Democrats that he would not consent to calling an emergency session to consider impeachment. This means that the process risks dragging itself into the early days of the Biden administration and preventing the Senate from confirming Biden’s cabinet in a timely manner.
After the House vote, McConnell released a statement saying, “There is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial can end before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week.”
“In light of this reality, I believe it will serve our nation better if Congress and the executive branch spend the next seven days completely focused on facilitating a safe inauguration and an orderly transfer of power to the new administration.” Biden, ”he said.
There is, however, a question about McConnell’s position on the impeachment resolution. A New York Times report said Tuesday that McConnell was “happy” that Democrats are impeaching Trump.
McConnell sent a note to Republican senators earlier Wednesday, saying, “While the press has been full of speculation, I have not made a final decision on how I will vote. [on impeachment charges], and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they come to the Senate.
The impeachment legislation includes a disqualification of more office if the Senate actually condemns Trump, which would remove him from the main scope of the 2024 GOP and potentially allow Republicans to turn the page on his presidency.
If Wednesday is any indication, however, shaking Trump from the Republican Party will be a long and uphill battle.
Republicans were still clamoring for speaking time to formally secure their support for Trump, making statements about “sore losers” and “double standards” and a host of other culture war grievances.
In fact, due to heightened security threats, the House has installed metal detectors outside the ground. But dozens of Republicans refused to go through the magnetometers – or they simply set it off while walking and passing the cops.
Republicans instilled the lessons of Trump, heartache and aggression. He remains the heart of their party, just with a second impeachment asterisk next to his name.
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