Earlier today, the House of Representatives, which is under the control of the Democrats, adopted a resolution urging US Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, Section 4, which would pave the way for the removal of Donald Trump from office. Pence refused to do so, so the House of Representatives continued the debate on impeachment.
The revocation will pass if he has support from all Democrats and at least five Republicans.
This is not the first case against Donald Trump. In September 2019, the House of Representatives, led by Democrats, launched an investigation against Trump for his alleged attempt to get money for his campaign by blackmailing the continuation of American military aid to Ukraine.
19:07 – Adam Schiff: “Riots were the most dangerous moment for American democracy”
California Democrat Adam Schiff, who chaired President Trump’s previous impeachment, said the riots at the Capitol were “the most dangerous moment for American democracy.”
– Today we want to use the “cure” that the founders of America predicted for such an illegal president: impeachment – said Schiff, adding:
– More importantly, today we are starting a long way of renewal … In order to preserve this holy place, this fortress of democracy, for ourselves and our descendants, we must say “Enough is enough”.
18:55 – Jordan answered Pelosi
In February 2020, the Senate, in which the majority are Republicans, acquitted Trump of the charges for abuse of office and obstruction of the work of Congress.
Congressman Jim Jordan, an ardent supporter of President Trump, spoke out against the recall and blamed the strengthening of liberal values in America for the attack on the Capitol.
– We should focus on uniting the nation. Instead, Democrats will recall the president for the second time a week before he leaves office. Why, Jordan asked.
18:35 – Pelosi’s attacks on Trump opened the debate
Nancy Pelosi called January 6, the day when the invasion of the Capitol took place, “the day of fire”. The same term was used by George W. Bush to describe the 9/11 attacks.
– We know that the president incited this armed rebellion against our country – said Pelosi.
She says that the vote on the recall “breaks her heart”, but that it is necessary, and she asked if “the president’s war against democracy is in accordance with the Constitution”.
– Trump is a clear danger to our beloved nation. Lincoln said that we cannot escape from history … We will be remembered despite who we are and what we are – said Pelosi.
18:25 – The second procedural vote on the rules of the debate is over
The rule on starting the debate on the recall of Donald Trump was adopted at the second vote as well.
The results of the voting are 221 for and 203 against.
The debate will last for the next two hours, when a vote will follow on the recall of the president due to the alleged call for rebellion.
18:22 – Pelosius distributes badges to soldiers
Nancy Pelosi handed out commemorative badges to the soldiers guarding the Capitol building.
18:20 – Lindsay Graham: “Now is the time to kneel and ask God for help”
Lindsay Graham issued a statement and expressed opposition to the second recall of President Donald Trump, saying that the impeachment “would cause great damage to government institutions and could cause a new wave of violence.”
If it was ever necessary for American political leaders to kneel and ask God for help, then it is today – said Graham.
Despite being in conflict with Trump, he criticized Republicans who supported impeachment.
– As for the Senate, I am afraid that they can only make the problem worse, not solve it. I want to tell my Republican colleagues who support this process that they are causing great damage not only to the country, but also to foreigners – Graham said, adding:
– Don’t count on me.
17:49 – Petition for the removal of “disloyal” Republicans
Andy Biggs, a Republican congressman from Arizona, has launched a petition aimed at removing Liz Cheney from the position of chair of the Republican club in Congress.
Photos of the petition were published by the Axios portal.
The petition was launched because of Cheney’s decision to support the recall of Donald Trump.
17:38 – In the Senate voting on Friday?
Republican leaders in the Senate are reportedly considering the possibility that, in the event of a vote in the House of Representatives of Congress, they will begin the procedure of recalling Donald Trump as early as Friday, Reuters writes.
17:30 – The beginning of the debate was voted
This is just a procedural vote that will allow the Chamber to proceed to the impeachment hearing. The final vote will follow at around 9 pm Central European Time.
Now that the rule has been adopted, a second procedural vote on the resolution will follow. Upon completion, the House of Representatives will begin a debate on the recall itself.
17:09 – Jim Jordan accuses the Democrats of double standards
Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan accused political opponents of being guided by double standards during today’s vote.
“And when Republicans condemn violence, like last summer or last week, you blame us for everything,” Jordan said, adding:
“Democrats are prosecuting the president of the United States, but they ignore the fact that 80 million Americans, both Republicans and Democrats, doubt the election results,” he said.he has no idea where all this is going and that this is scary for the country“.
16:50 – Voting on the launch of the debate is underway
A vote is under way to launch an impeachment debate. Dozens of Republicans have already voted against, but the vote is expected to pass with the support of all Democrats in the House of Representatives.
This is just a procedural vote that will allow the House to move on to the impeachment itself. The final vote will follow at around 9 pm Central European Time.
16:42 – Ilhan Omar from Minnesota: “Trump led the rebellion”
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar from Minnesota, a representative of the “detachment” of progressive Democrats, which includes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, another fierce critic of Trump, said that Trump “not only encouraged the rebellion but also led it in words and deeds.”
16:28 – Vote on recall takes place “too early and too fast”
Nancy Mace, the Republican representative of South Carolina, expressed her disgust with the violence that was committed in the Capitol last week, and that she was worried about everything that happened.
Although she was always critical of Trump, she said that this vote on impeachment was “too early and too fast”, and that she would therefore vote against it.
– We have violence on both sides of the political spectrum. I believe that Trump is responsible for everything that happened – she added at the end of her address.
16:11 – Democrats expect more Republicans to support the recall
Steni Hoyer, the president of the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, rejected the arguments of the Republicans that “quick impeachment” will only further divide the country.
“Every action must have consequences, and the actions of the president of the United States require urgent and clear action by the Congress,” Hoyer said.
Hoyer then reiterated that they have five Republicans in Congress who will support the recall, including Liz Cheney. He predicts that more Republicans will join them during the vote.
The National Guard clogged the corridors of the Capitol
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15:42 – Cole called for reconciliation
Tom Cole, the head of the Republicans in the legal committee of the House of Representatives, called for “reconciliation” today, saying that another recall would only further divide the nation.
15:35 – If it is voted, the decision goes immediately to the Senate
Steni Hoyer, the leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, told NBC News that he would immediately forward the decision to recall the Senate if it is voted on.
There has been talk among Democrats of “holding back” the decision until their party takes control of the Senate, but the leadership of the House of Representatives seems to have decided against it.
15:25 – “I Saw Evil”: McGovern on the protesters
Discussions are currently underway on the rules for holding the impeachment depot, which will precede the recall vote.
Jim McGovern, a Democrat and chairman of the legal committee, said that today’s vote took place at the “crime scene”, and reiterated that Trump encouraged “the mob to attack the Capitol”.
– I saw evil – McGovern said when he spoke about the protesters in the largest democracy on the planet.
15:20 – Address by the chaplain of the House of Representatives
In her introductory prayer, Margaret Grun Kiben, chaplain of the House of Representatives, expressed sadness over the events of the previous week.
– We stand before you as responsible persons, for our role in making important decisions and express our deepest desire to take responsibility for the management, protection and preservation of this nation, and to show that we are not upset by last week’s events – said Grun Kiben.
15:16 – The National Guard “occupied” the Capitol
National Guard troops have been deployed to protect MPs and staff during the impeachment vote.
15:00 – The session at which the recall is being discussed has begun
The debate on the recall began in the House of Representatives of the American Congress, although a break of 15 minutes was immediately announced.
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