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The House broke new ground Wednesday by impeaching a president a second time, a week before he leaves office, accusing President Trump of inciting a riot with false claims of a stolen election that led to the Capitol storming and five deaths. .
Unlike Trump’s first impeachment trial, which unfolded with almost no Republican support, Wednesday’s effort drew 10 Republicans, including Representative Liz Cheney, leader of the No. 3 party in the House. Now it seems likely that the Senate will hold a trial after Trump’s departure, an unprecedented scenario with uncertain consequences.
The final vote was 232-197.
One of the final dramas of a tumultuous presidency, the impeachment unfolded against a backdrop of near chaos in the House and uncertainty about where Trump’s departure leaves the GOP. Democrats and Republicans traded accusations and insults throughout the day, while Trump loyalists were furious at their fellow Republicans who broke ranks, including Cheney, leaving the party leadership shaken.
Republicans who parted ways with Trump as the president prepares to leave office in a week represent different factions of the caucus, from Cheney, the third-place Republican House leader, to Representative Fred Upton (Michigan), a moderate who has been in office for three decades, to Representative Tom Rice (SC), a conservative who has been loyal to Trump. The other Republicans who voted to impeach Trump are: Anthony González (Ohio), Jaime Herrera Beutler (Washington), John Katko (NY), Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), Peter Meijer (Michigan), Dan Newhouse (Washington) and David Valadao (California).
The majority of Republicans supported the president, including minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). He argued in the House of Representatives that while Trump is responsible for the attack on Capitol Hill, the “speedy impeachment”, which came within days after the riot, would only “further fan the flames of partisan division.”
McCarthy publicly supported Trump’s censorship for the first time, but the call came too late to serve as an effective alternative to impeachment.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) And other Democrats made clear Wednesday that censorship would not be sufficient in any case, given that Trump orchestrated a mob attack on Congress as he certified the victory for president-elect Joe Biden.
“You must go,” Pelosi said. “He is a clear and present danger to the nation we all love.”
Text taken and translated from The Washington Post