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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, rejected Democratic calls for a quick impeachment trial, saying there was no way to finish it before Trump leaves office. That raised the prospect of a bitter trial in the Senate during Biden’s first days in the White House, something he urged Senate leaders to avoid. SENATE TRIALUnder the Constitution, impeachment in the House triggers a trial in the Senate. McConnell has said no trial could begin until the Senate was scheduled to be back in regular session on Tuesday, the day before Biden’s inauguration. TRUMP TAKES NO RESPONSIBILITYIn a video statement released after Wednesday’s vote, Trump did not mention impeachment and took no responsibility for his remarks to supporters last week, but condemned the violence.
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In an emotional debate before the 232-197 vote, 10 Republicans joined the majority Democrats in supporting impeachment. Multiple Republicans defended Trump’s remarks as protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which defends free speech. The swift impeachment, one week after the riot, is very unlikely to lead to Trump’s ouster before Biden takes office on Jan. 20. But even if he has left the White House, the Senate could convict Trump and then vote to ban him from running for office again. FIRST AMENDMENT DEFENSEUnder the Constitution, impeachment in the House triggers a trial in the Senate.
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McConnell has said no trial could begin until the Senate was scheduled to be back in regular session on Tuesday. If Trump has left the White House, the Senate could convict him and then vote to ban him from running for office again. FIRST AMENDMENT DEFENSEThe article of impeachment - equivalent to an indictment in a criminal trial - charged Trump with “incitement of insurrection” in his incendiary speech to thousands of supporters on Jan. 6. “High-ranking officials get fired for their speech all the time.”Trump’s team could also argue that holding an impeachment trial after he has left office would violate the Constitution. The House impeached Trump in 2019 on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress stemming from his request that Ukraine investigate Biden and his son Hunter.
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Under the U.S. Constitution, impeachment in the House would trigger a trial in the Senate on whether to oust the president. At least five Republicans have said they would join Democrats in supporting impeachment, although just seven days remain for a Senate trial to expel Trump from office. 2 Democrat, said Democrats intended to send the impeachment charge, once approved, to the Senate “as soon as possible,” and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named nine impeachment managers who would present the House’s case during a Senate trial. Hoyer told reporters he expected between 10 and 20 House Republicans to vote for impeachment on Wednesday. Democrats could also use an impeachment trial to push through a vote blocking Trump from running for office again.
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Under the U.S. Constitution, impeachment in the House triggers a trial in the Senate. The New York Times reported that McConnell is said to be pleased by the House impeachment push. At least five House Republicans, including Liz Cheney, a member of her party’s leadership team, said they would vote for impeachment. Hoyer told reporters he expected between 10 and 20 House Republicans to vote for impeachment on Wednesday. Democrats could also use an impeachment trial to push through a vote blocking Trump from running for office again.
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Some Republicans made speeches earlier in the day urging the House not to impeach Trump in the interest in promoting national healing. The New York Times reported that McConnell is said to be pleased by the House impeachment push. At least five House Republicans, including Liz Cheney, a member of her party’s leadership team, said they would vote for impeachment. Hoyer told reporters he expected between 10 and 20 House Republicans to vote for impeachment on Wednesday. Democrats could also use an impeachment trial to push through a vote blocking Trump from running for office again.
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The House debated a single article of impeachment formally charging Trump with inciting insurrection. Under the U.S. Constitution, impeachment in the House triggers a trial in the Senate. At least five House Republicans, including Liz Cheney, a member of her party’s leadership team, said they would vote for impeachment. “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore,” Trump told his supporters. Democrats could also use an impeachment trial to push through a vote blocking Trump from running for office again.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has told the chamber’s top Democrat Chuck Schumer he is unwilling to call an emergency session to consider removing Trump from office following a House impeachment, a McConnell spokesman said. 3 House Republican. Slideshow ( 12 images )Under the U.S. Constitution, impeachment in the House triggers a trial in the Senate. A source said earlier on Wednesday that the Republican Senate leadership had discussed whether to initiate a trial as early as Friday. Democrats could also use an impeachment trial to push through a vote blocking Trump from running for office again.
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During his speech, Trump repeated false claims that the election was fraudulent and exhorted supporters to march on the Capitol. 3 House Republican. “It’s the only way to defeat fear.”In a break from standard procedure, Republican House leaders refrained from urging their members to vote against impeachment, calling the vote a matter of individual conscience. A source said earlier on Wednesday that the Republican Senate leadership had discussed whether to initiate a trial as early as Friday. Democrats could also use an impeachment trial to push through a vote blocking Trump from running for office again.
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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. 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. During his speech, Trump repeated false claims that the election was fraudulent and exhorted supporters to march on the Capitol. In a video statement released after the vote, Trump did not mention the impeachment vote and took no responsibility for his remarks to supporters last week, but condemned the violence. Wednesday’s article of impeachment accused Trump of “incitement of insurrection,” saying he provoked violence against the U.S. government in his speech to supporters.
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Four other Republican House members, Jaime Herrera Beutler, John Katko, Adam Kinzinger and Fred Upton, also said they supported impeachment. Pelosi on Tuesday named nine impeachment managers, who would present the House’s case for impeachment during a Senate trial. If Trump is impeached by the House, he would have a trial in the Senate to determine his guilt. Democrats could also use an impeachment trial to push through a vote blocking Trump from running for office again. Rather than a two-thirds vote, a simple Senate majority is needed to disqualify Trump from future office.
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National Guard members sleep in the Capitol Vistor's Center on Capitol Hill before Democrats begin debating one article of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol, January 13, 2021. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, the No. As the House prepared for the impeachment vote, there were signs Trump’s hold on the Republican Party was beginning to ebb. House Republicans who opposed the impeachment drive argued Democrats were going too far, as Trump was on the verge of leaving office. Democrats could also use an impeachment trial to push through a vote blocking Trump from running for office again.
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If the House approves it, Trump would become the first president impeached twice. House impeachment of Trump would not immediately remove him from office but would set up a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate. It remained unclear whether such a trial would take place in time to expel Trump from office. As the House prepared for the impeachment vote, there were signs Trump’s hold on the Republican Party was beginning to ebb. Democrats could also use an impeachment trial to push through a vote blocking Trump from running for office again.
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If the Democratic-led House approves it, Trump would become the first president impeached twice. Slideshow ( 6 images )Hoyer told reporters he expected between 10 and 20 House Republicans to vote for impeachment. As the House prepared for the impeachment vote, there were signs Trump’s hold on the Republican Party was beginning to ebb. At least five House Republicans, including Liz Cheney, a member of her party’s leadership team, said they would vote for his second impeachment - a prospect no president before Trump has faced. Democrats could also use an impeachment trial to push through a vote blocking Trump from running for office again.
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U.S. House panel approves rules for second Trump impeachment debate
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives was poised to begin debating the second impeachment of Republican President Donald Trump on Wednesday, after the chamber’s rules committee set the parameters for debate and subsequent vote during a hearing late on Tuesday. Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Shri Navaratnam Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
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FILE PHOTO: A mob of supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. The violence at the Capitol caused a serious rift between Trump and Pence, and the two men did not speak for days, although they did meet at the White House on Monday. With only eight days left in Trump’s term, chances the Democratic drive will result in his removal appear remote. An impeachment trial could proceed even after Trump leaves office. The Democratic-led House impeached Trump in December 2019 for pressuring the Ukrainian president to investigate Biden, but the Republican-controlled Senate acquitted him in February 2020.
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FILE PHOTO: A mob of supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. With only eight days left in Trump’s term, chances the Democratic drive will result in his removal appear remote. An impeachment trial could proceed even after Trump leaves office. The House impeached Trump in December 2019 for pressuring Ukraine’s president to investigate Biden, but the Republican-controlled Senate acquitted him in February 2020. After last week’s chaos, authorities are hardening security ahead of Biden’s inauguration, which has already been dramatically scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Democrats moved forward on an impeachment vote after a effort to persuade Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to remove Trump was rejected by Pence on Tuesday evening. Republican leaders in the House did not urge their members to vote against impeaching Trump, saying it was a matter of individual conscience. At a meeting to set the rules for Wednesday’s impeachment vote, Democratic Representative David Cicilline told the House Rules Committee that the impeachment drive had the support of 217 lawmakers - enough to impeach Trump. Democrats could also use an impeachment trial to push through a vote blocking Trump from running for office again. Rather than a two-thirds vote, a simple Senate majority is needed to disqualify Trump from future office.
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Greg Nash/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump acknowledged he bears “some responsibility” for an assault on the U.S. Capitol last week, Republican congressional leader Kevin McCarthy told party lawmakers on Monday, according to two people familiar with McCarthy’s briefing. The violence occurred shortly after Trump urged supporters to march on the Capitol during a rally where he repeated false claims that the Nov. 3 election was “rigged” against him. He bears responsibility for his words and actions,” McCarthy told fellow Republicans on Monday, according to one of the sources. “I asked him personally today if he holds responsibility for what happened, if he feels bad about what happened. He told me he does have some responsibility for what happened.”McCarthy said he appealed to Trump to call Biden.
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Passage would make Trump, a Republican, the only U.S. president ever to be impeached twice. A Senate conviction could also lead to Trump being barred from holding public office again, ending his potential 2024 presidential bid before it begins. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy told his members on Monday that Trump had acknowledged some blame for the violence, and McCarthy said he agreed with the president’s self-assessment, according to a House Republican aide. CONVICTION UNLIKELYHouse Democrats impeached Trump in December 2019 for pressuring Ukraine to investigate Biden, but the Republican-controlled Senate voted not to convict him. Even if the House impeaches Trump again, the Senate is not scheduled to return to Washington until Jan. 19.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in the House of Representatives plan to introduce articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Monday, two sources familiar with the matter said, after a violent crowd of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in an assault on American democracy. If successful, the move would mark a historic first: No president has ever been impeached twice. Democrats had called on Vice President Mike Pence and Trump’s Cabinet to invoke the U.S. Constitution’s 25th Amendment, which allows them to remove the president if he is unable to discharge his official duties. But Pence is opposed to the idea, an adviser said. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Trump “unhinged” on Friday and said Congress must do everything possible to protect Americans, even though Trump’s term in office ends on Jan. 20.
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“Accordingly, the House will preserve every option – including the 25th Amendment, a motion to impeach or a privileged resolution for impeachment,” Pelosi said in a statement after a three-hour meeting with House Democrats. “With great respect, our deliberations will continue.”Twitter Inc said it would permanently suspend Trump’s account because of the risk of further incitement. Law professor Brian Kalt said on Twitter that Pelosi’s call for legislation on the 25th Amendment is unlikely to happen before the end of Trump’s presidency. The 25th Amendment allows Congress to establish a “body” that can, with the support of the vice president, declare the president unable to do the job. And Pence is opposed to the idea of using the amendment to remove Trump, an adviser said.
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“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” Twitter said. Plans for future armed protests were proliferating on and off Twitter, the company added, including a proposed secondary attack on the Capitol on Jan. 17. There was no immediate response from the White House to the move by Twitter. While he remains in office, Trump would still have access to the official @POTUS presidential account. Biden told reporters he viewed Trump as “unfit” for office but said he would let Congress decide what to do.
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At least one Senate Republican, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, said he would consider supporting an impeachment proceeding. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not commented on a possible impeachment. President-elect Joe Biden has blamed Trump for inciting Wednesday’s violence but has made clear he will not weigh in on impeachment. Pelosi told members she would speak to Biden on Friday afternoon, the source said. The House impeached Trump in December 2019 for pressuring the Ukrainian president to investigate Biden, but the Senate acquitted him in February 2020.
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With a majority in the House, Democrats appear poised for a historic first: No president has ever been impeached twice. But it is unclear if lawmakers would be able to remove Trump from office, as any impeachment would prompt a trial in the Senate, where his fellow Republicans hold sway. “If Speaker Pelosi pushes impeachment in the last days of the Trump presidency it will do more harm than good,” Graham said on Twitter. With Trump’s term ending a day after the Senate is scheduled to return from recess on Jan. 19, the chances of an actual ouster appear slim. Biden has blamed Trump for inciting Wednesday’s violence but has not signaled whether he supports impeachment.
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