Washington — The House of Representatives is convening Wednesday to vote to impeach President Trump on one count of incitement of insurrection, one week after a mob of the president’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building in an effort to block Congress reaffirming President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
The article of impeachment, introduced Monday by House Democrats, accuses Mr. Trump of “willfully inciting violence against the government of the United States” in violation of his constitutional oath and duty. If the House approves the measure, which it is expected to do, Mr. Trump will be the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.
How to watch the House debate and vote today
- What: House of Representatives convenes to vote to impeach President Trump
- Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2021
- Time: House session starts at 9 a.m. ET
- Online stream: Live on CBSN in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device
- Follow: Live updates on CBSNews.com
“President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United State and its institutions of government,” the article states. “He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coordinate branch of government. He thereby betrayed his trust as president to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.”
The vote, expected to take place later Wednesday, is the culmination of swift efforts by the Democrat-led House to punish Mr. Trump for his role in inciting the violence at the Capitol, which led to the deaths of four protesters and one U.S. Capitol Police officer harmed in the melee. The House late Tuesday passed a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to convene the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Mr. Trump from office, but Pence told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi he would not do so.
While the first impeachment push from the House was nearly divided along party lines, a number of Republicans are expected to break with Mr. Trump and vote to impeach him Wednesday.
At least five GOP lawmakers — Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the House’s No. 3 Republican, John Katko of New York, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington and Fred Upton of Michigan — have publicly said they will vote to impeach the president, and the ranks of Republicans joining them could grow.
In anticipation of the House vote and forthcoming Senate trial, Pelosi on Tuesday named the nine House Democrats who will be impeachment managers, effectively serving as the prosecutors who will make the House’s case against Mr. Trump during proceedings in the upper chamber.
The president, who has made few remarks after TwitterFriday, derided the impeachment efforts, saying Tuesday it is causing “tremendous danger” to the nation and “tremendous anger.”
“The impeachment hoax is a continuation of the greatest and most vicious witch hunt in the history of our country, and it is causing tremendous anger and division and pain, far greater than most people will ever understand, which is very dangerous for the USA, especially at this very tender time,” Mr. Trump said during a speech in Texas, where he was surveying the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The president alsofor his role in the violent attack on the Capitol.
“They’ve analyzed my speech and words and my final paragraph, my final sentence, and everybody, to the T, thought it was totally appropriate,” he told reporters before leaving for Texas.