WASHINGTON (January 13, 2021) - A majority of the U.S. House has voted to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time, charged by Democrats with "incitement of insurrection."
The final vote was 232-197. Every Democrat voted in favor of impeachment; they were joined by 10 Republicans:
- Liz Cheney (Wyoming)
- John Katko (New York)
- Adam Kinzinger (Illinois)
- Fred Upton (Michigan)
- Jaime Herrera Beutler (Washington)
- Dan Newhouse (Washington)
- Peter Meijer (Michigan)
- Tom Rice (South Carolina)
- Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio)
- David Valadao (California)
Sanity and reason out the door
"… It's going beyond a bridge too far to say that President Trump was inciting violence or is a person who's presenting 'a clear and present danger,' as Nancy Pelosi has said. This is all political posturing by Democrats and these ten Republicans.
"I think it has a great possibility of backfiring on not only the Democrats but also these ten Republicans who voted for this nonsense.
"Sanity and reason have left the building – and the best way to drain the swamp is to get the swamp out in the primary. They need to be primaried in the next primary election in 2022. That's where the grassroots people need to focus their efforts: in the primary."
Rob Chambers, vice president
During debate before the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked Republicans and Democrats to “search their souls." Trump is the first American president to be impeached twice.
Actual removal seems unlikely before the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Republican leader would not agree to bring the chamber back immediately, all but ensuring a Senate trial could not begin at least until Jan. 19.
Still, McConnell did not rule out voting to convict Trump in the event of a trial. A spokesman for McConnell says McConnell informed Democrats that he would block an effort by Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer to quickly call the chamber back into emergency session to put Trump on trial.
That means Trump’s Senate trial, if he's impeached by the House, is all but certain to be delayed until after Joe Biden’s inauguration as president on Jan. 20.
Just prior to signing the Article of Impeachment on Wednesday, Pelosi stated:
"Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our country – and … once again we honored our oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help us God."
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