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10 Republicans join Dems as U.S. House votes to impeach Trump over Capitol siege

UPDATE: President Donald Trump was impeached for a second time just a week after he encouraged loyalists to “fight like hell” against election results and then a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

Ten Republicans joined the Democratic majority in the U.S. House in approving an article of impeachment for “incitement of insurrection” by a vote of 232 to 197 on Wednesday afternoon.

Trump's first impeachment in 2019 brought no Republican votes in the House, but those that broke with their party to join Democrats this time said Trump violated his oath to protect and defend U.S. democracy.

During debate before the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked Republicans and Democrats to “search their souls. Trump becomes the first American president to be impeached twice.

Trump “must go,” Pelosi said. “He is a clear and present danger to the nation we all love.”

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. In a note to his fellow Republican senators just before the House began voting, he said he is undecided.

ORIGINAL REPORT: WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. House is poised to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time on Wednesday for "incitement of insurrection," exactly one week after a violent siege on the U.S. Capitol left five people dead.

House Democrats have the votes to impeach Trump, who will become the first and only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.

"There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution. I will vote to impeach the President," GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney said in a statement Tuesday. She is the No. 3 Republican in the House and is a member of leadership.

GOP Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, John Katko of New York, Herrera Beutler of Washington and Fred Upton of Michigan also announced their support of the article of impeachment late Tuesday.

"There is no doubt in my mind that the President of the United States broke his oath of office and incited this insurrection," Kinzinger said in a statement.

Katko said in a statement: "To allow the President of the United States to incite this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy. For that reason, I cannot sit by without taking action. I will vote to impeach this President."

Democrats formally introduced their impeachment resolution Monday, charging Trump with "incitement of insurrection" after he told his supporters to march on the Capitol.

The House began considering the article of impeachment on Wednesday morning, with a final vote set for later Wednesday.

The vote will take place exactly one week before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

The measure says that Trump has "demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law."

The impeachment article also cited Trump's call with the Georgia Republican secretary of state where he urged him to "find" enough votes for Trump to win the state.

It also cited the Constitution's 14th Amendment, noting that it "prohibits any person who has 'engaged in insurrection or rebellion against' the United States" from holding office.

House GOP leadership said they would not encourage members to vote for or against Democrats' impeachment push, according to House leadership aides.

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has already announced that he does not support impeachment, but sources told ABC News that it's possible at least a handful of Republicans will support it in the end.

On a private House GOP-wide conference call that lasted roughly two hours on Monday evening, Cheney told members that they should "vote their conscience" and not as a "political vote," sources familiar confirmed.

Late Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced nine House impeachment managers who would oversee a possible Senate trial.

"Tonight, I have the solemn privilege of naming the Managers of the impeachment trial of Donald Trump," Pelosi said in a statement. "It is their constitutional and patriotic duty to present the case for the President's impeachment and removal. They will do so guided by their great love of country, determination to protect our democracy and loyalty to our oath to the Constitution. Our Managers will honor their duty to defend democracy For The People with great solemnity, prayerfulness and urgency."

In the Senate, Trump appeared to be losing the support of the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

McConnell had indicated to associates that he believed impeaching Trump could make it easier to rid the Republican Party of the president and Trumpism. McConnell has not said if he would vote to convict or whether he'd hold a trial in the Senate, ABC News has learned.

It's unclear at this point when Democratic leaders would send the article of impeachment to the Senate. McConnell has said he won't bring back the Senate from recess before Jan. 19, a day before Biden's inauguration.

Late Tuesday, House Democrats passed another resolution that called on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.

Just ahead of the final vote, Pence announced in a statement that he would not follow through with Democrats' request of invoking the 25th Amendment, and urged Congress to "avoid actions that would further divide and inflame the passions of the moment."

"I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution," Pence said in a statement.

Trump on Tuesday lashed out at the impeachment effort by House Democrats, claiming "it's causing tremendous anger" and "danger to our country."

"As far as this is concerned, we want no violence -- never violence," Trump said outside the White House before departing for Texas, facing reporters for the first time since his supporters rioted last Wednesday. "On the impeachment, it's really a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics. It's ridiculous. It's absolutely ridiculous. This impeachment is causing tremendous anger, and you're doing it, and it's really a terrible thing that they're doing."

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18 Comments

  1. Kevin here’s your chance to answer the question again, you have all your liberal friends on this site so c’mon let’s hear it liberal censor machine or “news” station?

  2. McConnell has said he won’t empanel the Senate for an impeachment trial. Suspect if they try after Biden is sworn in, it will end up in the Supreme Court. Not a Constitutional scholar, just summarizing what I read on the internet! LOL

  3. After the Senate gets back to work, McConnell, with Mitch’s help will get his 68 votes to Find Trump guilty of all charges. If not then at the least Congress will bar Trump from ever holding public office again. Either way it’s curtains for the Pussygrabber and head Instigator.

  4. When Teddy Kennedy left a young lady to drown no demoKKKrat said anything about it. When Robert Byrd was recruiting for the KKK no one said anything about it either. Was not this clear and present danger in nazi pelosi’s own words?

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