Ayyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. so I got some very major hot tea and this involves Donald Trump getting impeached again for the second time.
The House of Representatives voted 232 to 197 on Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time. This time though on a charge of “inciting violence” against the U.S. government. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.KY.) left open the possibility of voting to convict at a trial, which would occur after Trump leaves office next week.
During debate on the House floor, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R.CA.) said Trump “bears responsibility” for last week’s violent takeover of the Capitol but argued against impeachment so close to the end of his term. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.CA) called Trump “a clear and present danger” and said “he must go.”
Right after the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump for a second time, Pelosi addressed reporters at the Capitol, speaking from behind a lectern that photos last week showed had been carried out of the House chamber by one of the rioters. “It was not damaged,” a Pelosi spokesman said of the lectern, which had been abandoned on the Senate side of the Capitol after the would be thieves apparently got tired of carrying it.
In remarks before she signed the article of impeachment, Pelosi said she was doing so “with a heart broken over what this means to our country, of a president who would incite insurrection.”
“Today, in a bipartisan way, the House demonstrated that no one is above the law, not even the president of the United States, that Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our country and that once again, we honor that oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help us God,” Pelosi said.
In Senate impeachment trial for Trump, question is whether chief justice or vice president would preside. A Supreme Court spokeswoman declined to comment about whether Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. has been in contact with Senate leaders about the impeachment trial of President Trump or whether he should preside if the trial takes place after Trump leaves office.
Wednesday’s effort attracted 10 Republicans, including Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 party leader in the House. The Senate now appears likely to hold a trial after Trump’s departure, an unprecedented scenario with uncertain consequences.
The Republicans who broke from Trump represent varying factions of the caucus. Liz Cheney, the third ranking in House GOP leadership, to Rep. Fred Upton (Mich.), a moderate who has been in office for three decades, to Rep. Tom Rice (S.C.), a conservative who has been loyal to Trump. The other Republicans who voted to impeach Trump are: Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.), John Katko (N.Y.), Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), Peter Meijer(Mich.) Dan Newhouse(Wash.) Dan Valadao(CA).
There are Republicans who decided to stand by Trump those are minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA). He argued on the House floor that while Trump bears responsibility for the attack on the Capitol, the “snap impeachment,” which came together in a matter of days following the riot, would only “further fan the flames of partisan division.”
The House took a final vote on Wednesday afternoon, literally after one week after the riot and just two days after the impeachment resolution was filed. It was a stunningly swift response from a House that took nearly three months to impeach Trump in 2019 on charges of abuse of power and contempt of Congress.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.KY.) refused a request from Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D.NY) to reconvene the Senate early to launch Trump’s trial. That means it can start the proceedings no sooner than January 19 a day before Biden’s inauguration.