House impeaches Trump for ‘inciting’ Capitol riot; 10 Republicans join Democrats

By Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver 

The House voted to impeach President Trump on Wednesday for his role in last week’s riot on the U.S. Capitol, making him the first president in history to be impeached twice.

Wednesday’s 232-197 vote came 13 months after the House voted to impeach Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of justice. Unlike the first go-around, Democrats won support from across the aisle as 10 House Republicans, led by Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.), voted to remove the president on the charge of “inciting an armed insurrection against America” (The Hill).

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who oversaw both impeachment efforts, argued that the president’s constant refusal to accept the results of the 2020 election and rallying of supporters to overturn the results amounted to sedition. She added that Congress was given no choice a week after the attack took place.

“We know we experienced the insurrection that violated the sanctity of the people’s Capitol,” Pelosi said on the House floor before the vote. “And we know that the president of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion, against our common country. … He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”

The vote garnered a wider margin than either of the votes in December 2019 (230-197 and 229-198) despite the losses House Democrats incurred in the November election.

Cheney was joined by nine other House Republicans to impeach Trump: Reps. Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.), John Katko (N.Y.), Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), Peter Meijer (Mich.), Dan Newhouse (Wash.), Tom Rice (S.C.), Fred Upton (Mich.) and David Valadao (Calif.) (The Hill).

The Washington Post: House hands Trump a second impeachment, this time with GOP support.

The Hill: Rice’s decision to back Trump’s impeachment was a surprise to many. He said the president’s actions since last week have been “inexcusable.”

Hours after the vote, Trump released a video on the White House Twitter account decrying the violence that took place last week. However, he made no mention of the House handing him the inglorious distinction.

“Mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for. No true supporter of mine could truly endorse political violence,” Trump said (The Hill).

The New York Times: Under heavy pressure, Trump releases video condemning Capitol siege.

The Hill: Pelosi: Trump is a “clear and present danger.”

The Hill: In a written statement ahead of his impeachment, Trump called for “NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind.”

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