The pace of the vote, and Republican support, underscores the anger that legislators feel about Trump’s role in inciting riots in the capital with months of false rhetoric about elections being stolen from him. The impeachment resolution will be voted on Wednesday with a single article on Trump, “inciting revolt.”
The number of Republicans who will eventually vote for the impeachment is unclear. So far, five Republicans have said they will vote for Trump to impeach. House Minority Leader Capin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scales oppose the impeachment – arguing it is a divisive response – Wyoming’s No. 3 House Republican Liz Cheney announced Tuesday that she had given a verdict and charged there. “It was never a big betrayal by the President of the United States to swear in his office fees and the Constitution.”
The split in the Republican Party over Wednesday’s vote is contradictory compared to the House Democrats’ Trump impeachment in 2019, when the House Republicans united in opposition. And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he believes impeachment of Trump will make it easier to get rid of the Republican Party, the president and Trumpism, in other news reported Tuesday Did.
Democrats have quickly reassured by using impeachment as a way to respond appropriately to the president’s conduct in the final days of Trump’s presidency and remove him from office before the end of his term, although those circumstances may seem unlikely. The House passed a resolution late Tuesday evening requesting Pence to remove Trump from power in the 25th Amendment, but Pence sent a letter ahead of the vote saying he would not do so. Also, a source close to Trump told CNN on Tuesday night that “he has no plans to resign,” citing the president as saying “he will not do so.”
House Speaker Nancy Nello Pelosi has sidelined Republican efforts to take separate measures, such as censorship, in response to Trump’s role in the riots. She named the impeachment administrators on Tuesday evening, the Maryland rapper. A team of nine Democrats, led by Jamie Raskin, signaled they would not hesitate to send articles to the Senate.
Pelosi said on the House floor on Tuesday evening that the president’s actions showed a complete inability to perform the most basic and fundamental powers and duties of his office, so the president must be removed from office immediately.
Trump has shown no threat to his role in last week’s capital riots since pro-Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol last week, rallying against the impeachment on Tuesday.
“It has been analyzed,” Trump said of his remarks to the crowd before the riots last week. “People thought what I said was absolutely right.”
In both his attempts to reach out to Republicans, Wednesday’s impeachment vote threatens to complicate the early days of President-elect Joe Biden’s administration, and the Senate will join the hearing in the same way that Biden is holding office.
While McConnell has remained silent on supporting the impeachment, he has said he has no plans to bring the Senate back before Jan. 19, meaning a possible oming of the Senate, led by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Has argued that the Senate will try to split its days when the hearing takes place, so the Senate can confirm Biden’s nominees and consider the Covid-19 provocation law by holding an impeachment hearing.
CNN’s Pamela Brown and Jim Acosta contributed to this report.