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."
Schumer presses for swift Senate trial
House Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., pressed for a Senate trial in a statement Wednesday after the House voted to impeach President Donald Trump for inciting the Capitol riot last week.
"Donald Trump has deservedly become the first president in American history to bear the stain of impeachment twice over," he said. "The Senate is required to act and will proceed with his trial and hold a vote on his conviction."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said no trial would happen immediately. He said in a statement that the soonest the chamber could take up the issue would be after President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated next week.
Schumer disagreed and signaled that a trial could happen in the Senate after Trump leaves office.
"A Senate trial can begin immediately, with agreement from the current Senate Majority Leader to reconvene the Senate for an emergency session, or it will begin after January 19th," he said. "But make no mistake, there will be an impeachment trial in the United States Senate; there will be a vote on convicting the president for high crimes and misdemeanors; and if the president is convicted, there will be a vote on barring him from running again."
New York man accused of making online threats against Sen.-elect Raphael Warnock
Federal prosecutors Wednesday brought weapons charges against a New York man accused of posting threats on his Parler account the day of the Capitol riot, including statements about killing Sen.-elect Raphael Warnock, D-Ga.
"Dead men can't pass s--- laws," the man, Eduard Florea, is alleged to have written on his Parler account before it was shut down Jan. 6, according to Brooklyn federal prosecutors.
He also wrote that "the time for peace and civility is over" and that "3 cars of armed patriots heading into DC from NY," prosecutors said.
During a search of Florea's home Tuesday night, federal agents found about 1,000 .22 caliber Winchester hollow point rounds, 25 12-gauge Remington slug rounds and a single .300-caliber Winchester Magnum round, according to his criminal complaint.
Florea, who was charged in 2014 with possessing illegal guns, was charged with being a felon who transported or possessed ammunition across state lines. He was remanded Wednesday after his initial court appearance. His attorney declined to comment.
Must-see moments: Trump impeached for second time
McConnell remains undecided on convicting Trump in Senate trial
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told his GOP colleagues in a note Wednesday afternoon that he remains undecided whether he'll vote to convict President Donald Trump at his coming impeachment trial.
"While the press has been full of speculation, I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate," McConnell said.
Simply being open to voting to convict is significant for McConnell, who denounced Trump's first impeachment as a political exercise with "zero chance" of removing him.
On Wednesday, 10 House Republicans voted to impeach the president as the House approved a single article of impeachment, charging Trump with "incitement of insurrection" for his role in encouraging the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week. He is the first president to be impeached twice.
McConnell said in a statement after the vote that there would be no way to conclude a Senate trial before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in next Wednesday and that the trial process would begin at the first regular meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, after the Senate receives the article from the House. For that reason, McConnell said, he thought it best for Congress and the Trump administration to spend the next week ensuring "a safe inauguration and an orderly transfer of power to the incoming Biden administration."
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.