A heavy presence of National Guard members was fanned out throughout the Capitol grounds because the House prepares to question Donald Trump for the second time, as he’s charged with inciting the riot per week in the past.
The House started debate on a rule to proceed on Wednesday morning. There shall be two hours of debate on the impeachment articles, with a vote anticipated within the mid- to late- afternoon.
“This was organized assault on our nation that was incited by Donald Trump,” stated Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), the chairman of the House Rules Committee, who recounted seeing the rioters try to interrupt by means of the doorways simply exterior the House chamber within the Speaker’s Lobby.
“America was attacked and we should reply,” he stated.
It will take 218 votes to question Trump. Democrats reportedly have 215 votes in favor, and up to now 5 Republicans have stated that they may even help impeachment.
“Instead of shifting ahead as a unifying power, the bulk within the House is selecting to divide us additional, with solely per week to go and his time period,” stated Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), who stated that final Wednesday’s siege of the Capitol was the “darkest day” he had skilled in Congress. After Congress reconvened that night, Cole was among the many 147 Republican lawmakers within the House and the Senate to vote in opposition to certifying the electoral votes for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
News networks are offering protection all through the day, with CNN taking down a paywall for a free livestream. Broadcast networks are also planning particular reviews.
If the House passes the article of impeachment, Trump would be the first president to be impeached twice. With only a week left in his time period, the query is whether or not the Senate can maintain a trial by the point that Trump’s time period ends at midday on January 20.