“We believe the President of the United States poses a clear and present threat to the republic,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin, Md., Who was named impeachment manager for the House by Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday Trump’s sentencing argue a subsequent trial against the Senate.
And the vote will be bipartisan. Up to a dozen Republicans are expected to join the Democrats to sue Trump, including third-tier GOP member, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), Who identified Trump as uniquely responsible for the mob’s gathering who attacked the Capitol. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has privately stated that Trump’s actions qualify him for impeachment, according to a source familiar with his thinking.
“The role of the president in this uprising is undeniable,” said Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) During the debate on Tuesday evening. Katko said earlier in the day he would vote to indict Trump.
The impeachment vote takes place just a week before Trump’s term ends, and President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
The vote also comes amid a massive, unprecedented investigation into the perpetrators of the uprising, which, in addition to criminal murder, could lead to “seditious conspiracy” charges. It underscores that lawmakers are voting in favor of indicting Trump with limited information about the extent of the destruction and crime wrought by last week’s riots – with promises to “shock” new details on a far more coordinated and secure basis more sinister exertion than what might currently suggest.
The House has already indicted Trump once, in a near-partisan vote in 2019, accusing Trump of abusing his power and obstructing Congressional investigations. Trump is now expected to become the first president in history to be charged a second time.
Democrats say the charges against Trump stemmed from his remarks to the Jan. 6 crowd who followed his direction and marched on the U.S. Capitol. The crowd then turned violent, hustling past police rooms, breaking windows and invading the seat of US power just as Pence began completing Biden’s victory. But the full arc of Trump’s role in violence goes back months.
In the lonely article, Democrats cite Trump’s refusal to accept his electoral defeat and his protracted campaign to delegitimize Biden’s victory – through unsubstantiated claims of fraud and wrongdoing – as the seeds of the January 6 uprising. They also relate to Trump’s January 2 appeal to Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger, calling on him to “find” enough votes to undo Biden’s victory in the state.
The trauma of last week’s attack continues to flood the Capitol, ready for potential renewed violence as early as January 20 when Biden is sworn in. The building and all of Washington have been pegged against future attacks with thousands of assaults. National Guard troops on the finished and newly installed metal detectors outside the chamber of the house that lawmakers themselves must use. The FBI also warned of plans for armed protests in all 50 state capitals prior to Biden’s inauguration.
The Pelosi-led House Democrats began to strategize their race to re-indict Trump despite seeking protection from the rioters. They claimed that Trump would have to be charged in order to tell the world that his behavior was unacceptable. They also discarded the notion that the Senate is unlikely to judge Trump in a later trial.
Late Tuesday, Pelosi appointed Raskin and eight other Democrats as impeachment managers to lead the Senate process. The others are the representatives Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), David Cicilline (DR. I.), Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Stacey Plaskett (DV.I.), Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) And Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.).
A handful of Senate Republicans have stated that they believe Trump committed criminal acts, but they have made sure to endorse the House’s article with Trump just days before he leaves office. Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) Said he was open-minded but wanted to see how the house process unfolds. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has asked Trump to resign, but has given no indication of her opinion on impeachment. And Senator Mitt Romney has sharply criticized Trump’s behavior. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) Said he believed Trump “committed criminal acts” but was careful to indict him. It’s unclear whether McConnell’s signal will change the equation for additional Republicans.
After Wednesday’s vote, Congress will also begin answering even tougher questions about members within their own ranks who brought similar red-hot remarks to the crowd that stormed the Capitol. Some Democrats have said Republicans like Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) And Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) Should face sanctions for their comments and social media posts on the day of the riot.
Others criticized the nearly 140 Republicans in the House of Representatives who, just hours after the bloodshed in the Capitol, voted to overturn Biden’s victory in some states without evidence.
Brooks urged the rally crowd ahead of the Capitol Riots to “write down names and kick their asses”. Since then, he has claimed his remarks were about winning the 2022 and 2024 elections, but Brooks’ speech contained numerous references to a stolen 2020 election, the American Revolution, and urged rallyers to pledge their “blood” and theirs To sacrifice “life”. “”
On Tuesday, Rep. Dean Phillips urged colleagues to reprimand Brooks.
“Indeed, Mr. Brooks, we have noted names,” he said in a statement. “The names of each of you who inspired rioting, promoted disinformation and incited violence.”
When asked by a reporter Tuesday night if he regretted attending the rally, Brooks replied, “I did my duty for my country.”