The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to impeach President Trump for his role in inciting last week's deadly Capitol riot. Ten Republicans, including Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., joined Democrats in voting for impeachment. Trump, who now faces a Senate trial that will likely begin after he leaves office, is the only president ever to be impeached twice.
• The U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump for his role in inciting last week's deadly Capitol riot.
• The article of impeachment for "incitement of insurrection" passed 232-197.
• Ten House Republicans, including Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., joined Democrats in voting in favor of impeachment.
• Trump is now the only president ever to be impeached twice.
• Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected the idea to convene an emergency session for an impeachment trial, which means it would likely come after he leaves office.
• There are just seven days left in Trump's term. He departs on Jan. 20, when Joe Biden will be sworn in as president.
Trump 'unequivocaly' condemns violence in video one week after calling rioters 'very special'
In a video released the White House Wednesday evening, President Trump said he "unequivocally" condemned the violence at the Capitol and that any true supporter of his could not partake in political violence or disrespect law enforcement.
"I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week," Trump said the 5-minute video message posted to White House's YouTube channel. "No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence."
Trump asked for those who believed in his agenda to think of ways to "ease tensions, calm tempers and promote peace in our country" and said there should no violence or lawbreaking at future events.
It was a swift departure in tone from a video posted last week as the insurrection at the Capitol was still occurring, where Trump told the hundreds storming the building that they were "very special” and “we love you.”
Trump concluded the most recent video by complaining about censorship, following the loss of his Twitter account.
Notably, the president did not address his impeachment, nor did he state that Joe Biden won the election.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi signs an Article of Impeachment during an engrossment ceremony on Wednesday. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
Pelosi signs article of impeachment
Following the historic vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed the article of impeachment charging President Trump with "high crimes and misdemeanors" for inciting a violent insurrection on the Capitol last week.
"No one is above the law, not even the President of the United States," Pelosi said at a brief signing ceremony.
Trump is the first president to be impeached for a second time.
Schumer: There will be a Senate impeachment trial
Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer issued a statement following the impeachment vote:
“Donald Trump has deservedly become the first president in American history to bear the stain of impeachment twice over. The Senate is required to act and will proceed with his trial and hold a vote on his conviction.
Despite the efforts of Donald Trump and violent insurrectionists, America is not a dictatorship. We have been and will forever remain a Democracy that respects and reveres the rule of law, including the bedrock principle that the voters choose our leaders — that just power can only derive from the consent of the governed.“Now that the House of Representatives has acted, the Senate will hold a fair trial on the impeachment of Donald J. Trump for his role in inciting the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th and attempting to overturn a free and fair election.
A Senate trial can begin immediately, with agreement from the current Senate Majority Leader to reconvene the Senate for an emergency session, or it will begin after January 19th. But make no mistake, there will be an impeachment trial in the United States Senate; there will be a vote on convicting the president for high crimes and misdemeanors; and if the president is convicted, there will be a vote on barring him from running again.
The president of the United States incited a violent mob against the duly elected government of the United States in a vicious, depraved and desperate attempt to remain in power. For the sake of our democracy, it cannot and must not be tolerated, excused, or go unpunished.”
A lectern belonging to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is moved through Statuary Hall for a news conference Wednesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Pelosi to hold press conference with lectern that was stolen
At a press event, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will sign the articles of impeachment against President Trump Wednesday evening. She will hold a press event using the same lectern that was stolen by a pro-Trump rioter last week. Adam Johnson, 36, of Florida who was pictured with the lectern in the halls of the Capitol, was arrested Friday and charged with three crimes, including theft of government property.
McConnell issues statement on Senate schedule
Senate Majority Mitch Connell released the following statement following the House's impeachment of President Trump:
“The House of Representatives has voted to impeach the President. The Senate process will now begin at our first regular meeting following receipt of the article from the House.
Given the rules, procedures, and Senate precedents that govern presidential impeachment trials, there is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial could conclude before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week. The Senate has held three presidential impeachment trials. They have lasted 83 days, 37 days, and 21 days respectively.
Even if the Senate process were to begin this week and move promptly, no final verdict would be reached until after President Trump had left office. This is not a decision I am making; it is a fact. The President-elect himself stated last week that his inauguration on January 20 is the ‘quickest’ path for any change in the occupant of the presidency.
In light of this reality, I believe it will best serve our nation if Congress and the executive branch spend the next seven days completely focused on facilitating a safe inauguration and an orderly transfer of power to the incoming Biden Administration. I am grateful to the offices and institutions within the Capitol that are working around the clock, alongside federal and local law enforcement, to prepare for a safe and successful inauguration at the Capitol next Wednesday.”
The 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump
Read about the legislators representing California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Washington and Wyoming who voted yes on impeachment here.
House votes to impeach Trump
By a vote of 232-197 with ten Republicans voting yes, the House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Trump for his role in last week's assault on the Capitol. Trump is the first president to ever be impeached twice. The Senate trial is not expected to start until after President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20.