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."
Group of prominent business leaders says Trump 'deserves the strongest possible condemnation'
A group representing CEOs from 200 major U.S. companies, including Walmart, Amazon, Apple, ExxonMobil and Boeing, called on elected officials Wednesday to “do their utmost to counteract false claims of a fraudulent election” and “promote a restoration of civility and decency in governance.”
The Business Roundtable said in a press statement that President Donald Trump’s behavior "encouraging an assault on the Capitol" and his calls to overturn the results of the election “deserves the strongest possible condemnation.”
“All our efforts depend on commitment to our country’s most fundamental democratic principles, including honoring the results of free and fair elections and the peaceful transition of power,” the group added. “We leave it to our elected leaders to judge the feasibility or wisdom of attempting to remove the President from office in the final days of his term.”
Pelosi thanks troops stationed outside the Capitol
Pelosi went outside the Capitol late Wednesday morning to thank the troops that are protecting the building and gave them her challenge coin.
Troops receive arms outside the Capitol
Congressman gives National Guard troops a Capitol tour
Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., gave National Guard troops a tour of the Capitol on Wednesday, after coming upon service members who slept in the Capitol Visitor Center overnight ahead of Wednesday's impeachment vote.
“I went down to see the physician this morning, I didn’t realize there were guardsmen and women sleeping in the hallways,” he told reporters at the Capitol. “I told them if they wanted a tour, I’d take them on a tour.”
Mast joked that his staff probably could have answered some of the troops' questions better, but he told them as much as he could.
Mast, a veteran who lost both legs to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, said the fact that Congress required a rotunda full of guardsmen made him “as sad as anything could make me,” but added that he was voting no on impeachment.
Guardsmen, who have ready-to-eat military provisions known as MREs, are also taking advantage of the Capitol market, where members and staff typically purchase salads, sandwiches and burgers.
CNN host clashes with GOP Rep. who faulted 'both sides' for Capitol riots
CNN's John Berman pushed back on Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., Wednesday morning for faulting "both sides" for last week's riots at the Capitol.
Berman had spent several minutes pressing Buck to answer if President Donald Trump deserves to be impeached for encouraging his supporters to storm the Capitol. But Buck said after years of increasing animosity between Republicans and Democrats, blaming one Trump speech for the riots is inaccurate.
Buck added, "what I'm trying to suggest to you is that both sides are at fault and that in America," before Berman interrupted him to ask, "What on earth did any other side do than the side that invaded the U.S. Capitol?"
Buck deflected the question, saying, "The people who came into the Capitol are the people responsible for that action. This animosity has been building for years. It wasn't as if the president gave one speech and all of a sudden people went from perfectly calm and thoughtful demeanor to this violent action that occurred."
The exchange happened just before the House prepared to vote on an article of impeachment.
Jim Jordan says he wants vote to expel Liz Cheney from GOP House leadership
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, one of President Trump’s fiercest defenders, suggested Wednesday he was open to trying to expel Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., from GOP House leadership over her support for impeachment.
"The conference ought to vote on that,” Jordan told reporters Wednesday.
Cheney, who as the House Republican Conference Chair is the No. 3 Republican in the House, said Tuesday that she supported Trump’s impeachment or removal from office, saying that when it came to his incitement of the mob that violently stormed the Capitol, "there has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution."
Airbnb canceling, blocking reservations in Washington around Inauguration Day
Airbnb is canceling all reservations in the Washington metro area during inauguration week in light of potential unrest, the company said Wednesday. It is also blocking all new reservations in the area.
“We are aware of reports emerging yesterday afternoon regarding armed militias and known hate groups that are attempting to travel and disrupt the Inauguration,” the company said in a blog post.
The decision follows comments from local D.C. and Virginia leaders Monday urging people to stay home on Inauguration Day and participate virtually.
Earlier this week, Airbnb banned “numerous individuals” associated with known hate groups or the violent attack on the Capitol.
Guests with canceled reservations will be refunded in full and hosts will be reimbursed. It is also canceling reservations in the area made through its last-minute lodging agency HotelTonight.
House now conducting procedural rule votes
The House has concluded debate on the procedural rule ahead of impeachment.
There will now be two procedural votes. These are not votes on the actual article of impeachment.
The first vote is a procedural vote offered by Republicans that seeks to amend the rule to immediately consider H.R. 275, which establishes a bipartisan commission to examine the circumstances around the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6. This vote will take between 40 minutes and 1 hour.
The second vote governs the floor for consideration of the article of impeachment, setting up two hours of debate. This vote is also expected to take between 40 minutes and 1 hour.