WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time, charged with “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly mob siege of the U.S. Capitol in a swift and stunning collapse of his final days in office.

With the Capitol secured by armed National Guard troops inside and out, the House voted 232-197 on Wednesday to impeach Trump. The proceedings moved at lightning speed, with lawmakers voting just one week after violent pro-Trump loyalists stormed the Capitol, egged on by the president’s calls for them to “fight like hell” against the election results.

Ten Republicans fled Trump, joining Democrats who said he needed to be held accountable and warned ominously of a “clear and present danger” if Congress should leave him unchecked before Democrat Joe Biden’s inauguration Jan. 20.

Trump is the only U.S. president to be twice impeached. It was the most bipartisan presidential impeachment in modern times, more so than against Bill Clinton in 1998.

The Capitol insurrection stunned and angered lawmakers, who were sent scrambling for safety as the mob descended, and it revealed the fragility of the nation’s history of peaceful transfers of power. The riot also forced a reckoning among some Republicans, who have stood by Trump throughout his presidency and largely allowed him to spread false attacks against the integrity of the 2020 election.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invoked Abraham Lincoln and the Bible, imploring lawmakers to uphold their oath to defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign “and domestic.”

She said of Trump: “He must go, he is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”

Holed up at the White House, watching the proceedings on TV, Trump later released a video statement in which he made no mention at all of the impeachment but appealed to his supporters to refrain from any further violence or disruption of Biden's inauguration.

“Like all of you, I was shocked and deeply saddened by the calamity at the Capitol last week," he said, his first condemnation of the attack. He appealed for unity “to move forward” and said, "Mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for. ... No true supporter of mine could ever disrespect law enforcement.”

Trump was first impeached by the House in 2019 over his dealings with Ukraine, but the Senate voted in 2020 acquit. He is the first president to be impeached twice. None has been convicted by the Senate, but Republicans said Wednesday that could change in the rapidly shifting political environment as officeholders, donors, big business and others peel away from the defeated president.

Biden said in a statement after the vote that it was his hope the Senate leadership “will find a way to deal with their Constitutional responsibilities on impeachment while also working on the other urgent business of this nation.”

The soonest Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell would start an impeachment trial is next Tuesday, the day before Trump is already set to leave the White House, McConnell's office said. The legislation is also intended to prevent Trump from ever running again.

McConnell believes Trump committed impeachable offenses and considers the Democrats’ impeachment drive an opportunity to reduce the divisive, chaotic president’s hold on the GOP, a Republican strategist told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

McConnell told major donors over the weekend that he was through with Trump, said the strategist, who demanded anonymity to describe McConnell’s conversations.

In a note to colleagues Wednesday, McConnell said he had “not made a final decision on how I will vote.”

Unlike his first time, Trump faces this impeachment as a weakened leader, having lost his own reelection as well as the Senate Republican majority.

Even Trump ally Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican leader, shifted his position and said Wednesday the president bears responsibility for the horrifying day at the Capitol.

In making a case for the “high crimes and misdemeanors” demanded in the Constitution, the four-page impeachment resolution approved Wednesday relies on Trump’s own incendiary rhetoric and the falsehoods he spread about Biden’s election victory, including at a rally near the White House on the day of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

A Capitol Police officer died from injuries suffered in the riot, and police shot and killed a woman during the siege. Three other people died in what authorities said were medical emergencies. The riot delayed the tally of Electoral College votes that was the last step in finalizing Biden’s victory.

Ten Republican lawmakers, including third-ranking House GOP leader Liz Cheney of Wyoming, voted to impeach Trump, cleaving the Republican leadership, and the party itself.

Cheney, whose father is the former Republican vice president, said of Trump's actions summoning the mob that "there has never been a greater betrayal by a President” of his office.

Trump was said to be livid with perceived disloyalty from McConnell and Cheney.

With the team around Trump hollowed out and his Twitter account silenced by the social media company, the president was deeply frustrated that he could not hit back, according to White House officials and Republicans close to the West Wing who weren’t authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

From the White House, Trump leaned on Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina to push Republican senators to resist, while chief of staff Mark Meadows called some of his former colleagues on Capitol Hill.

The president’s sturdy popularity with the GOP lawmakers’ constituents still had some sway, and most House Republicans voted not to impeach.

Security was exceptionally tight at the Capitol, with tall fences around the complex. Metal-detector screenings were required for lawmakers entering the House chamber, where a week earlier lawmakers huddled inside as police, guns drawn, barricaded the door from rioters.

“We are debating this historic measure at a crime scene,” said Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass.

During the debate, some Republicans repeated the falsehoods spread by Trump about the election and argued that the president has been treated unfairly by Democrats from the day he took office.

Other Republicans argued the impeachment was a rushed sham and complained about a double standard applied to his supporters but not to the liberal left. Some simply appealed for the nation to move on.

Rep. Tom McClintock of California said, “Every movement has a lunatic fringe."

Yet Democratic Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo. and others recounted the harrowing day as rioters pounded on the chamber door trying to break in. Some called it a “coup” attempt.

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., contended that Trump was “capable of starting a civil war.”

Conviction and removal of Trump would require a two-thirds vote in the Senate, which will be evenly divided. Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania joined Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska over the weekend in calling for Trump to “go away as soon as possible.”

Fending off concerns that an impeachment trial would bog down his first days in office, Biden is encouraging senators to divide their time between taking taking up his priorities of confirming his nominees and approving COVID-19 relief while also conducting the trial.

The impeachment bill draws from Trump’s own false statements about his election defeat to Biden. Judges across the country, including some nominated by Trump, have repeatedly dismissed cases challenging the election results, and former Attorney General William Barr, a Trump ally, has said there was no sign of widespread fraud.

The House had first tried to persuade Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke their authority under the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. Pence declined to do so, but the House passed the resolution anyway.

The impeachment bill also details Trump’s pressure on state officials in Georgia to “find” him more votes.

While some have questioned impeaching the president so close to the end of his term, there is precedent. In 1876, during the Ulysses Grant administration, War Secretary William Belknap was impeached by the House the day he resigned, and the Senate convened a trial months later. He was acquitted.

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Associated Press writers Kevin Freking, Andrew Taylor and Zeke Miller contributed to this report.

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NorthLong

How many of these people got in trouble for their actions?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiSDflIuRWM&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0j-FA9wK8F8jKUkyf0FwfpSgReEiuKJdUG7-KtEd0F35euJgl2ySH8KWQ

BigBob

Using YouTube trash as a source of anything is the action of a deranged fool.

HavasuGuy

Could someone help refresh my memory? Which candidate had Nazi flags and supporters openly displaying their Nazism at their political rallies?

shutthefrontdoor

A vendor displaying Nazi flags and homophobic stickers along with pro-Trump merchandise at a Pennsylvania rally for President Trump started making their way around social media at the Bloomberg Fair 2016. He has since attracted the Proud Boys, the Boogaloo Bois, the oath Keepers, NCS(Neo-Nazi), The Last Sons Of Liberty, 3% er's, and the appalling Camp Auschwitz or 6MWE(6 Million Wasn't Enough). You can probably buy their memorabilia at that trash store on McCulloch, the one that designed the flag and boasted about it when insurgents were photographed storming into the capital building January 6th!

HavasuGuy

That store sounds disgusting!

1502

Trump should be prosecuted for his part in the attack on our democracy and the death of police officers. Trump you helped murder a police officer.

alloveragain

As human beings, we have a distinct problem owning our own misgivings. 6 people died, but 46 people died this summer during the "Summer of Love", who do we hold responsible for those, who incited those acts?? Enough blame in this country to do around! Words have consequences, and hate filled words incite a reaction, and there is definitely enough hate filled rhetoric being spewed by both sides to account for all of it!

HavasuGuy

It's very simple, prosecute anyone that deserves it. No one is above the law. Far-right and far-left extremists are no different, they are both working to destroy our country. It is up to the rest of us to make sure that they do not succeed and that they are punished for fighting against our republic, every single one of them.

Again, no one is above the law.

HavasuGuy

Have you seen this morning's news yet? Headlines, "New York State Sues NYPD Over Its Handling Of 2020 Racial Justice Protests". It appears that there were civil rights violations and the criminals involved will be taken care of.

Do you think that there will be civil rights violations brought against the brave officers in Washington DC last week due to their handling of the riot at the Capitol?

alloveragain

Both parties played a huge part in what happened at the Capitol. They can deny all they want, but the facts support it. Trump fed into the far right crazies, and when people feel disenfranchised, you get civil unrest. Isn't that what happened this summer?? Difference is, the Left embraced BLM, and all of it's looting, arson, and 46 murders this summer. Made it easy for the right to think it was ok. It truly cannot be different for each party. With a two party country, one will always feel disenfranchised, always. The Politicians (all) have forgotten their jogs. Trump needed to be impeached, but with him they need to impeach Pelosi, Waters, Schumer they incited violence with their words, for 6 months this summer. More than all this, we all need to be concerned about cancel culture. This can happen to anyone of us. Precedence has been set... a man in this county has been "cancelled". McCarthyism is alive and well in the US.

BigBob

Once again one of our conservative/fascists refuses to deal with the NOW. What happened in the summer was badly handled as out-of-control police injured hundred of peaceful protestors and supporters of the fascist-in-chief were sent in to cause disruption and chaos.

What is important is the NOW when our fascist tin-dictator - all caught on tape - stirred his moronic domestic terrorists to march to the capitol where thy destroyed portions of our seat of government, caused numerous deaths and injuries all in an effort to stop our long held tradition of a peaceful transition of power.

We have hundreds of hours of video being used to identified these domestic terrorists - including police officers and even members of Congress. Each of these people needs to be arrested and charged with multiple felonies including murder.

Too old for this

Nice deflection. You never condemned any of the behavior over the summer, and those cities ran by Democrat Mayors were largely destroyed. A lot of people died during the riots, and you only say, "Well, that was different. We are not talking about THEN."

You, Pelosi, Schumer et al can be happy now that you have let your hatred for Trump overcome any care about healing the country. The next time that any of you do anything good for the country will be the first time. The pendulum just keeps on swinging and one day it will be back at the place that you hate and I can hear you whining "Can't we all just get along?"

NorthLong

Exactly.

BigBob

Actually I did condemn the riots, particularly the out-of-control police who injured hundreds of peaceful protestors and the paid domestic terrorist who were sent in to cause chaos and trouble.

And please tell us which cities run by Democrat mayors "were largely destroyed? And let's be accurate about deaths - At least 11 Americans were killed while participating in political demonstrations and another 14 have died in other incidents linked to political unrest in 2020, according to new data from a non-profit monitoring political unrest in the United States. Nine of the people killed during protests were demonstrators taking part in Black Lives Matter protests. Two were conservatives killed during pro-Trump “patriot rallies”.

The new data on fatalities and violence at American protests comes from a database created by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data project (ACLED), a non-profit, working in collaboration with a group of researchers at Princeton. ACLED, a widely cited source for data on civilian casualties in Yemen, has been a non-partisan monitor of protests and violence in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Latin America, and launched its US Crisis Monitor in July, citing concerns over hate crimes and rising political violence.

ACLED found that the overwhelming majority of the more than 9.000 Black Lives Matter demonstrations that took place across the US after the killing of George Floyd have been peaceful. News reports at the height of demonstrations over Floyd’s killing cited dozens of deaths in connection with protests, but many of those turned out to be examples of deadly crimes carried out in the vicinity of protests, rather than directly related to the demonstrations themselves, the researchers concluded.

While you are here I’m still waiting on you to tell me the title of the book you claim to have read - you remember, where you libeled me in these pages? Why won't you tell me the title? Heck, Skippy, I even said I would buy-back any of the books I've written that you bought and found "boring." You know what, you're a liar - you have neither bought nor read any of my books. Admit it!

1947

Take the blinders off, you are once again looking foolish!

simon1dog

Kangaroo court. This is going to end up in the streets and fields like it did in 1861.

BigBob

And now simple has proven he is a seditionist domestic terrorist. Your comment has been forwarded to the proper authorities - expect a visit soon.

NorthLong

I'll bet simon is getting a real laugh out of that comment.

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shutthefrontdoor

LOL! You gots-ta get your mind straight Simonpooch! You will never be able to make the social scene at any of the Grim Reaper's Fund raisers for his bail money!

BigBob

Now if Turtle Boy McConnell would just do his job we will be done once and for all with this useless POS. Now we will wait for little simple simon to show up telling "President Trump was not impeached!" In a way he's right Typhoid Donnie has been impeached TWICE!

simon1dog

Calm down my friend. Calm down. HG just brought you some Navy bean soup. Eat slowly :-)

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