The vote left another indelible stain on Trump’s presidency just a week before he is slated to leave office and laid bare the cracks running through the Republican Party. More members of his party voted to charge the president than in any other impeachment. Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, declaring the past week one of the darkest chapters in American history, implored colleagues to embrace “a constitutional remedy that will ensure that the republic will be safe from this man who is so resolutely determined to tear down the things that we hold dear and that hold us together.” The House’s action set the stage for the second Senate trial of the president in a year. The precise timing of that proceeding remained in doubt, though, as senators appeared unlikely to convene to sit in judgment before January 20, when Biden will take the oath of office.
Trump’s fate lies with McConnell
Trump’s unprecedented second impeachment heads to the Senate, where his fate rests with Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who now has more leverage than ever over the president in his final week in office. McConnell told Republican colleagues in a letter Wednesday he would block starting an impeachment trial before Joe Biden takes office January 20 and control of the Senate shifts to Democrats.
But he also said he has not yet made up his mind on whether to vote to convict Trump of inciting an insurrection.
That allows Trump to finish his term without being removed from office. But McConnell has left open the option that if Trump were to instigate more unrest, he could turn against him. That
would raise the odds there would be enough Republican votes for Trump’s conviction.
Trump condemns Capitol violence
Trump on Thursday unequivocally condemned last week's Capitol Hill riot, and asserted there is never a justification or an excuse for such a violence.
Troops deployed in DC ahead of Biden inauguration
The Pentagon is deploying 20,000 National Guards with lethal weapons here, a week ahead of the inauguration, to prevent any violence. This is now twice the amount of American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq combined.
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