In a historic vote, the House of Representatives on Wednesday impeached President Donald Trump for urging his supporters to march on the U.S. Capitol last week, making him the first president to be impeached twice.
The article of impeachment, for "incitement of insurrection," was adopted by the Democratic-controlled House, 232 to 197, after several hours of debate. A group of 10 Republicans joined Democrats in voting to impeach Trump.
Democrats are prepared to send the resolution to the Senate immediately to allow a trial to determine whether to convict Trump and bar him from holding future office, although it is unclear when that trial will happen.
Trump has defended his speech at a march last week that helped incite a crowd of his supporters to violently storm the U.S. Capitol, calling it "totally appropriate" on Tuesday. That remark came just hours before the House approved a separate resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.
Read the highlights:
— Pence rejected House Democrats' demand to invoke the 25th Amendment as more Republicans back impeachment.
— "Mind-blowing" number of crimes committed during Capitol riot, 160 case files opened, say officials.
— "Chilling": Security tightens around the Capitol ahead of Biden inauguration amid "increased threat."
10 Republicans voted to impeach Trump
When all was said and done, 10 Republican House members voted Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump — the most bipartisan support for an impeachment in U.S. history.
While several GOP House members gave statements ahead of the vote saying they would vote to impeach Trump, including No. 3 Republican Liz Cheney of Wyoming, several others didn't make their intentions known ahead of time.
By the time the speaker's gavel made the vote official, the number of Republicans supporting impeachment had climbed to 10 — the most from a president's party during an impeachment vote.
The other Republicans who voted to impeach Trump were John Katko of New York, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Fred Upton of Michigan, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, Dan Newhouse of Washington, Peter Meijer of Michigan, Tom Rice of South Carolina, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio and David Valadao of California.
Meanwhile, in Trumpworld ...
President Donald Trump awarded the National Medal of Arts on Wednesday to country singer Toby Keith and bluegrass singer Ricky Skaggs, an administration official told NBC News.
It was a somewhat bizarre split-screen moment, given that the ceremony was happening at the same time the impeachment proceedings were underway.
House impeaches Trump for inciting deadly riot at U.S. Capitol
The House voted 232-197 Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time, citing his role in inciting a deadly riot by his supporters at the U.S. Capitol who sought to overturn his election defeat.
The article of impeachment gained bipartisan support after 10 Republicans broke with Trump and joined Democrats in seeking his removal from office.
The Senate, which has the constitutional authority to conduct a trial and remove an impeached president from office, is not expected to return to Washington until the day before Trump's final day in office.
Hope Hicks leaves the White House
Today was Hope Hicks’ last day at the White House, an administration official confirms. Her departure is not related to the attack on the Capitol, per this official.
Last week, two sources familiar with the matter told NBC News Hicks was planning to leave ahead of the inauguration – which, they say, has been her plan since President Trump’s election defeat. Her decision, both sources say, was made before this week’s events.
Former Olympic swimmer Klete Keller charged in Capitol riot
Two-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Klete Keller was charged in a federal D.C. court Wednesday over his alleged participation in last week's insurrection a the U.S. Capitol.
Keller, 38, was charged with obstructing law enforcement, knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct, according to a criminal complaint.
A video posted on Twitter by a Townhall Media reporter showed Keller inside the Capitol with a group of President Donald Trump's supporters. In the video, the crowd pushed against police officers who were trying to clear the Rotunda.
Keller was seen wearing a jacket with the letters "USA" on the back.
Facebook says it sees increase in calls to violence in the U.S.
Facebook has seen an increase in activity praising last week's violent occupation of the U.S. Capitol and growing signs of possible future violence, a spokesperson said Wednesday.
The news was first reported by Reuters.
The company has been repeatedly blocking new "flyers," or images with text, many of which call for Americans to bring weapons to several planned gatherings at state capitols and Washington, D.C. in the next week.
Facebook has also fielded an increased number of legal requests from the FBI for the data of users suspected of storming the Capitol, the spokesperson said.
Rep. Peter Meijer becomes 7th House Republican to back impeachment
Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Mich., announced Wednesday he will vote to impeach President Donald Trump, becoming the seventh House Republican to do so.
"We saw profiles in courage during the assault on the Capitol. Police officers, badly outnumbered, putting their lives on the line to save others," Meijer said. "Members of Congress barricading doors and caring for colleagues. A vice president who fearlessly remained in the Capitol and refused to bow to the mob. "
"There was no such courage from our president who betrayed and misled millions with claims of a 'stolen election' and encouraged loyalists that 'if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country any more,'" he continued. "The one man who could have restored order, prevented the deaths of five Americans including a Capitol Police officer, and avoided the desecration of our Capitol shrank from leadership when our country needed it most. "
Meijer joins Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., John Katko, R-N.Y., and Fred Upton, R-Mich.
Stun guns, 'stinger whips' and a crossbow: What police found on the Capitol protesters
Not long after security forces cleared the last of the pro-Trump mob from the Capitol, a police officer stationed nearby spotted a “suspicious male in a white passenger van with red spray paint on the side.” The Ford Econoline 150 had Georgia plates and a red MAGA hat on the dashboard.
“I’m one of these,” the man said to the officer as he pointed to the hat, according to a police report.
The man, Grant Moore of Buford, Ga., went on to say that he was supporting the Chinese who were “currently protesting around the city,” the report says. Whatever that meant, Moore, 65, was soon placed under arrest on weapons charges.
Inside his vehicle was a book bag containing a semi-automatic handgun with a fully-loaded 6-round magazine, the police report says. The officer also found three other magazines inside the bag and 12 loose rounds in one of the van’s front compartments.
The guns and ammunition were among an unusual collection of weapons the police seized from protesters who flooded into D.C. to support President Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election.