Published: Thu, January 14, 2021

These House Republicans support Trump's impeachment

These House Republicans support Trump's impeachment

Article of impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America in the name of itself and of the people of the United States of America, against Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, in maintenance and support of its impeachment against him for high crimes and misdemeanours.

Their sentiments reflect the party-line split in Minnesota's delegation Wednesday in the historic second vote to impeach Trump for his role in inciting a violent attack by his supporters last week on the U.S. Capitol.

Jordan read Trump's comments on the House floor as he urged his colleagues to vote against impeachment. In 1876, during the Ulysses Grant administration, War Secretary William Belknap was impeached by the House the day he resigned, and the Senate convened a trial months later.

Hours later, after the all-clear was given, the Senate voted to ratify the election results, despite some Republican members still objecting.

At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, Trump was at a private ceremony in the East Room of the White House pinning the National Medal of Arts on a trio of recipients that included Toby Keith, a country singer who performed at his inauguration.

The Senate is now in recess and is not scheduled to return until January 19.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell arrives at the US Capitol on January 1.

"We can do it even after Trump leaves and it could be done in a way that he would not be able to hold office again", Leahy said.

Biden said in a statement after the vote that it was his hope the Senate leadership "will find a way to deal with their constitutional responsibilities on impeachment while also working on the other urgent business of this nation".

Protected by thousands of soldiers deployed to the Capitol grounds, the largest - and most bipartisan - group of lawmakers to impeach a president in US history registered their condemnation.

Schumer, in a statement welcoming Trump's impeachment by the House, said that regardless of when it starts "make no mistake, there will be an impeachment trial in the United States Senate". That punishment only requires a simple majority vote in the Senate. Just 23 minutes later, enough lawmakers had voted against the president to make him the first in USA history to be twice impeached.

All three previous presidential impeachments - those of Trump and presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton - occurred while the leaders were still in the White House.

Trump was first impeached by the House in 2019 over his dealings with Ukraine, but the Senate voted in 2020 acquit.

Some constitutional scholars argue that an ex-president can not be tried by the Senate.

Fending off concerns that an impeachment trial would bog down his first days in office, Biden is encouraging senators to divide their time between taking taking up his priorities of confirming his nominees and approving COVID-19 relief while also conducting the trial. McConnell said in a memo to his fellow Republicans he has not made a final decision on how he will vote on impeachment in the Senate.

The Republican senator from Kentucky thwarted the last bid to convict Trump in the Senate, managing to rally all Republican senators with the exception of Mitt Romney of Utah to vote for acquittal. Minnesota's two Democratic senators, Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, both voted to remove Trump a year ago following House impeachment, and both have said since last week's Capitol attack that he no longer deserves to be in office.

The president has indicated that he would run for office again in 2024, however, an impeachment and conviction vote by the two-thirds of the Senate would open him up to a congressional ban on running for federal office.

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