A heavy presence of members of the National Guard has spread across the Capitol grounds as the House prepares to impeach Donald Trump for the second time, as he is accused of instigating an insurgency ago one week.
The House began debate on a rule to follow on Wednesday morning. There will be a two-hour debate on the articles of impeachment, with a vote scheduled for mid- to late-afternoon.
“This was an organized attack on our country which was instigated by Donald Trump,” said Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA), chairman of the House Rules Committee, who said he saw the rioters attempt to go through the doors just outside the chamber. room in the hall of the President.
“America has been attacked and we must respond,” he said.
It will take 218 votes to oust Trump. Democrats are said to be 215 votes in favor, and so far five Republicans have said they will support impeachment as well.
“Instead of moving forward as a unifying force, the majority in the House chooses to divide us further, with only a week to go and his term,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), who said last Wednesday’s siege on Capitol Hill was the “darkest day” he had experienced in Congress. After Congress resumed that evening, Cole was among 147 Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate to vote against certification of electoral votes for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
News networks provide coverage throughout the day, with CNN removing a paywall for free live broadcast. The dissemination networks also plan special reports.
If the House passes the impeachment article, Trump will be the first president to be impeached twice. With only one week left in his tenure, the question is whether the Senate can hold a trial before Trump’s term ends at noon on January 20.