House of Representatives prepares to impeach President Trump in landmark vote

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Donald Trump could become the first president in U.S. history to be indicted twice as the House of Republicans prepares on Wednesday to pass a count of incitement to insurrection following the rampant invasion of the Capitol last week. The resolution accuses the president of making “statements that, in context, encouraged – and predictably resulted in – illegal actions on Capitol Hill,” during a speech in front of the White House in the hours leading up to the attack.

Unlike the last vote thirteen months ago, several Republicans are expected to vote in favor of impeachment on Wednesday, including Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3 Republican in the House. “The President of the United States summoned this mob, rallied the mob and lit the flame of this attack,” Cheney said in a statement Tuesday night. “Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the president ”. Republican Representatives Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Fred Upton of Michigan and Jaime Herrera Beutler have also announced that they will support impeachment, while Michigan Representative Peter Meijer told CNN he is “seriously considering” voting for impeachment. Financial markets were taking political developments in stride, with S&P 500 ES00 Index futures falling 0.3% ahead of trading on Wednesday. The House will meet at 9 a.m. ET to consider the measure, and the vote is expected to be complete by the end of Wednesday. If the measure passes the House, the Senate will address the question of whether to remove the president from office and whether he is barred from holding federal office again. Two-thirds of the Senate would have to vote to remove the president, and he would have to pass a separate resolution to prohibit him from running again for federal office. After Senators-elect Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are seated next week, there will be 50 senators meeting with Democrats, which means 17 Republicans would have to vote to convict. During previous impeachment proceedings in the Senate in January 2020, the only Republican senator who voted to remove Trump from office was Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, but there are signs that this time around there will be more support. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican, has told associates that he believes the president committed acts of impeachment and is pleased that Democrats are moving to impeach him, according to the New York Times. Other Senate Republicans who can vote to remove the president from office include Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska. However, it remains uncertain when a Senate trial could begin. McConnell reportedly issued a memo on Friday saying the Senate could not accept the articles of impeachment until the Senate is back in session on January 19, just one day before Biden‘s inauguration, to unless he gets the unanimous consent of all 100 senators to run the Senate. back in session this week. However, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York is exploring the idea of ​​the Senate returning to session even earlier, using a rule that allows an emergency session to be called with the consent of majority leaders and The minority.