UPDATE 23.35 The motion to impeach President Donald Trump was approved by the House of Representatives of the US Congress. A total of 232 representatives (222 Democrats and 10 Republicans) voted in charge. 197 Republican representatives voted against the dismissal of the president.
The final vote on the removal of Trump will belong to the Senate, which is on vacation and is scheduled to return to the session only on January 19, the day before Joe Biden takes the oath of office. It takes two-thirds of the total number of lawmakers in the Senate for the dismissal of President Donald Trump to become a reality.
UPDATE 23.05 The vote for the indictment of President Trump has begun.
UPDATE 22.55 The head of the Republican senators, Mitch McConnell, did not rule out voting for the removal of Trump
UPDATE 22.30 Republican Dan Newhouse of Washington posted a statement on Twitter stating that he would vote in favor of President Trump’s indictment. “Turning a blind eye to this brutal assault on our Republic is not an option,” Newhouse told CNN.
Newhouse is now joining other Republican officials who have said they will vote for Trump’s accusation: John Katko of New York, Jamie Herrera Beutler of Washington, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Fred Upton of Michigan, Liz Cheney of Wyoming.
UPDATE 21.40 On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump sent a message through the White House press office regarding several announced demonstrations demanding that the law not be violated and that no acts of vandalism be committed.
“In light of the information on several demonstrations, I demand that there must be no violence, lawlessness and vandalism of any kind. That is not what America is and is not. I call on all Americans to help reduce tensions and calming the spirits. Thank you, “the president said.
UPDATE 21.25 A spokesman for Mitch McConnell said he would not agree for the forum to meet for the indictment of Donald Trump before the inauguration of the new presidential term.
UPDATE 20.40 “What’s the point of this accusation, with a few days left in Trump’s term,” says Republican Debbie Lesko, who opposes President Trump’s indictment.
UPDATE 20.10 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, said Wednesday before the vote on the indictment of the US president that Donald Trump is “a clear and present danger” to the United States. Pelosi opened the debate before the vote with several arguments: “We know that the President of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion, against our country. He must leave. It is a clear and present danger to the nation we all love.”
She said the people who took part in the January 6 protest, which had become violent, “were not patriots” but “national terrorists”. The Speaker of the House asked Republicans to “seek their souls” for this vote. “Is the president’s war with democracy in accordance with the Constitution? Did his words and the insurrectionary mob represent a high crime and a crime?”
Trump is accused by the Democratic Party of inciting the participants in the rally that led to the assault on the Capitol on January 6. Donald Trump is the first president in US history against whom two indictments have been filed.
A Republican Party source, quoted by Reuters, said it expects between 10 and 20 Republicans in the House of Representatives to vote on the indictment, and said congressmen are under huge pressure from the White House.
Some Republicans “say they want to vote for the indictment but are really afraid for their lives and the lives of their families,” according to the same source, who says President Trump is still trying to intimidate Republican lawmakers a week after the Jan. 6 violence.
Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell would be in favor of the indictment, according to a source from the Republican Party close to him, CNN reports.
“He doesn’t think Trump will simply disappear, he thinks the party needs a clean break to save itself,” the source said, adding that “in the end, it’s up to McConnel to state his position on the issue.” “His silence so far has been deliberate, and he has been very careful with what he says.”
The leadership of the Republican group in the US Senate is considering the possibility of speeding up the procedure for the removal of President Trump, which could start on Friday in this forum of the Washington Congress, provided that the dismissal is approved beforehand in the House of Representatives. For this, the Senate must be convened because it is not in session these days.
Members of the House of Representatives were warned during a meeting debating the motion to impeach President Donald Trump that they must wear masks throughout the session, otherwise they will be fined, the BBC reports.
A vote on Tuesday night ruled that U.S. lawmakers who refuse to wear a mask will be fined $ 500 for the first offense, and the fine will increase to $ 2,500 for a second violation of the rule.
Hundreds of National Guard soldiers guard the US Congress headquarters to prevent any possible violence. In Washington DC it’s 12.00
Nancy Pelosi: “The unbalanced, unstable and dangerous Trump must be judged”
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