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House to vote Wednesday to impeach Trump for second time after he incited Capitol riot

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The House is poised to make Donald Trump the first President in United States history to be impeached for a second time on Wednesday with a swift and bipartisan vote to condemn Trump's role inciting the riots at the US Capitol.

(CNN)The House is poised to make Donald Trump the first President in United States history to be impeached for a second time on Wednesday with a swift and bipartisan vote to condemn Trump's role inciting the riots at the US Capitol.

House Democrats and at least a handful of Republicans -- including the House's No. 3 Republican -- will vote in favor of the impeachment of Trump just one week after a deadly mob overran Capitol Police, ransacked the US Capitol and put the lives of Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers in danger.

The impeachment resolution the House will vote on Wednesday charges Trump with a single article, "incitement of insurrection. "

So far, five Republicans have said they will vote to impeach Trump.

While House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise are opposed to impeachment -- arguing that it's a divisive response -- the No. 3 House republican Liz Cheney of Wyoming announced Tuesday she would vote in favor, issuing a scathing statement that charged there had "never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution. "

The division within the Republican Party over Wednesday's vote starkly contrasts the House Democrats' 2019 impeachment of Trump, when House Republicans were united in opposition.

And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he believes impeaching Trump will make it easier to get rid of the President and Trumpism from the Republican Party, The New York Times, CNN and other news outlets reported Tuesday, in another sign that Republicans are rapidly putting distance between the party and the President who ruled it the last four years.

Wednesday's impeachment vote threatens to complicate the opening days of President-elect Joe Biden's administration, both in his efforts to reach out to Republicans and because the Senate is likely to be tied up with a trial just as Biden is taking office.

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