Lawmakers were also bracing for more violence ahead of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20
The US House has insisted on impeaching President Donald Trump for the murderous attack on Capitol Hill, only taking the time to try and persuade its vice president to get him out first. Mr. Trump showed no remorse, accusing the impeachment of “enormous anger” in America.
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Already scheduled to step down next week, Mr. Trump is set to become the only president in history to be impeached twice. His inflammatory rhetoric at a rally before the Capitol uprising is now in the impeachment charge against him, even as the lies he has spread about voter fraud are still championed by some Republicans.
As lawmakers reconvened on Capitol Hill for the first time on January 12 since the bloody siege, they were also bracing for more violence ahead of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.
“We all need to do some soul searching,” Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., Said during a debate on House rules, arguing for a change of mind among colleagues who still support Mr. Trump.
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Two Republicans, Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and John Katko of New York, became the first to announce that they would vote to impeach Mr. Trump.
“Allowing the President of the United States to incite this harmless attack is a direct threat to the future of our democracy,” Katko said in a statement.
Mr Trump, meanwhile, warned lawmakers against the impeachment and suggested it was the drive to oust him that divided the country.
“To continue on this path, I think it causes enormous danger to our country, and it causes enormous anger,” Mr. Trump said.
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In his first remarks to reporters since last week’s violence, the outgoing president offered no condolences for the dead or injured, saying only, “I don’t want violence. On impeachment pending, the House first urged Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to remove Mr. Trump faster and more reliably, warning that he posed a threat to democracy in the few remaining days of his presidency.
The House was due to approve a resolution calling on Pence and Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to declare the president incapable of serving. Pence, who had a “good meeting” with Mr. Trump on Monday, their first since the vice president was among those immune from the attack, was not to take such steps.
After that, the House would move quickly to impeachment on Wednesday.
Mr. Trump faces a single charge – “incitement to insurgency” – in the impeachment resolution after the most serious and deadly interior incursion on Capitol Hill in the country’s history.
The impeachment legislation also details Mr. Trump’s pressure on Georgia state officials to “find” him more voice, as well as his White House rally ahead of the Capitol siege, in which he held encouraged thousands of supporters last Wednesday to “fight like hell” and walk towards the building.
The mob overpowered police, stepped through security lines and windows and ransacked the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to disperse as they finalized Mr. Biden’s victory over Mr. Trump in the Electoral College.