House impeaches Trump as Capitol riot probe continues
What you need to knowThe House voted yesterday to impeach President Trump for inciting the US Capitol riot last week, making him the first US president to be impeached twice.The article of impeachment now goes to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made clear a trial won’t start until President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in.Law enforcement agencies meanwhile are on high alert as they continue to investigate the Capitol riot and try to prevent follow-up attacks ahead of Inauguration Day.
Here’s why McConnell does not plan to start the Senate trial before Biden is sworn inFrom CNN’s Manu Raju and Clare ForanSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is rejecting Democratic calls to bring the Senate back immediately to convict President Trump, a decision that is likely to allow the President to serve out his final days in office.
McConnell’s office made that clear to Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s aides on Wednesday, according to Republican officials. The majority leader also sent a note to Republican senators telling them the chamber won’t return until Jan. 19, according to a person who has seen it, meaning an impeachment trial won’t begin until the early days of Joe Biden’s presidency.
In a statement released after the House voted to impeach, McConnell said:
“Given the rules, procedures, and Senate precedents that govern presidential impeachment trials, there is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial could conclude before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week.”The House impeachment vote on Wednesday over Trump’s incitement of the riot at the Capitol last week stands as a swift and bipartisan condemnation that makes Trump the first president in United States history to be impeached twice.
McConnell has privately indicated that he believes impeaching Trump would be the way to rid him from the party, a dramatic break between the top Republican who has worked in tandem with the Republican President over the last four years.
In the note to his Republican colleagues Wednesday afternoon on impeachment, he wrote that “while the press has been full of speculation, I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate.”
Yesterday’s impeachment vote was bipartisan. These 10 GOP members supported the measure.The House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump on Wednesday afternoon charging him with “incitement of insurrection.” Among those who voted to impeach were 10 House Republicans. That includes:
Rep. Adam Kinzinger of IllinoisRep. Liz Cheney of WyomingRep. John Katko of New YorkRep. Fred Upton of MichiganRep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of WashingtonRep. Dan Newhouse of WashingtonRep. Peter Meijer of MichiganRep. Anthony Gonzalez of OhioRep. Tom Rice of South CarolinaRep. David Valadao of CaliforniaFour Republicans meanwhile did not vote: Reps. Kay Granger (TX-12), Andy Harris (MD-1), Gregory Murphy (NC-3) and Daniel Webster (FL-11).