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."
Sen. Tom Cotton says he opposes an impeachment trial in the Senate
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said Wednesday that he opposes holding an impeachment trial for President Donald Trump because he will no longer be in office when it would conclude.
"The House has passed an article of impeachment against the president, but the Senate under its rules and precedents cannot start and conclude a fair trial before the president leaves office next week," Cotton said. "Under these circumstances, the Senate lacks constitutional authority to conduct impeachment proceedings against a former president.
"The Founders designed the impeachment process as a way to remove officeholders from public office — not an inquest against private citizens," Cotton said in a statement. "The Constitution presupposes an office from which an impeached officeholder can be removed."
He urged Congress to "concentrate entirely for the next week on conducting a safe and orderly transfer of power."
Impeachment 2.0: What happens next?
One week after a violent mob attacked the U.S. Capitol, the House voted to impeach President Donald Trump for “incitement of insurrection.” Trump is the first president to be impeached twice.
Host Steve Kornacki talks with Leigh Ann Caldwell, NBC News' Capitol Hill correspondent, who was in the Capitol on the day of the riots, about the House vote and what a Senate trial might look like after Joe Biden is sworn in as president next week.
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Biden wants Senate to take up impeachment, Covid-19 relief while dealing with impeachment
President-elect Joe Biden said the Senate should "find a way" to take up President Donald Trump's impeachment trial while also working on other issues, such as Covid-19 relief and confirming his Cabinet.
"Last week, we saw an unprecedented assault on our democracy," Biden said. "It was carried out by political extremists and domestic terrorists, who were incited to this violence by President Trump. It was an armed insurrection against the United States of America. And those responsible must be held accountable."
But, Biden said, as the country remains in the grip of a deadly virus and a reeling economy, he wants the Senate to work on impeachment and policy. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has signaled that the chamber might not meet until after Biden is inaugurated.
"I hope that the Senate leadership will find a way to deal with their constitutional responsibilities on the impeachment trial while also working on the other urgent business of this nation, from confirmations to key posts ... to getting our vaccine program on track and to getting our economy going again," he said.
Pelosi announces heavy fines for refusing to follow new House chamber screening protocols
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced that heavy fines will be imposed on House members who refuse to follow the new screening protocols.
"Many House Republicans have disrespected our heroes by verbally abusing them and refusing to adhere to basic precautions keeping members of our Congressional community, including the Capitol Police, safe," she said in a statement.
"The House will soon move forward with a rule change imposing fines on those who refuse to abide by these protections. The fine for the first offense will be $5,000 and $10,000 for the second offense. The fines will be deducted directly from Members' salaries by the Chief Administrative Officer," she said.
"It is tragic that this step is necessary, but the Chamber of the People's House must and will be safe," Pelosi said.
Twitter's @Jack on Trump's ban
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday defended the company's decision last week to permanently ban President Donald Trump.
"After a clear warning we'd take this action, we made a decision with the best information we had based on threats to physical safety both on and off Twitter," Dorsey said in a thread on Twitter, talking about the ban for the first time.
He said the circumstances were "extraordinary and untenable," forcing Twitter staff members to put all of their focus on public safety.
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Snapchat to ban Trump on Inauguration Day
Snapchat said Wednesday that it will permanently ban President Donald Trump's account after what it described as his repeated attempts to violate the company's policies prohibiting the spread of misinformation, hate speech and the glorification or incitement of violence.
The ban will go into effect Jan. 20, the day Joe Biden is to be inaugurated as president. The company had indefinitely suspended his account in the wake of last week's mob attack on Capitol Hill.
"In the interest of public safety, and based on his attempts to spread misinformation, hate speech, and incite violence, which are clear violations of our guidelines, we have made the decision to permanently terminate his account," a company spokesperson said.
The company says that Trump tried to violate the company's policies dozens of times and that in each instance the content was immediately removed.
Twitter has also permanently banned Trump's personal account, while Facebook has indefinitely suspended his account at least through Inauguration Day.
Trump impeachment faces uphill climb in Senate. It could all come down to McConnell.
WASHINGTON — Democrats will need at least 17 Republican senators to break ranks to convict President Donald Trump after he was impeached Wednesday, a high hurdle that would require changing the minds of lawmakers who have stood behind him.
That is more than the 10 House Republicans who broke with Trump — the most bipartisan impeachment vote in American history.
Even as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., publicly flirts with supporting convicting Trump for his role in the deadly attack on the Capitol that targeted him and his staff, getting a third of the GOP Senate caucus to vote to convict will be no easy task.
Pelosi signs article of impeachment, hails its bipartisan passage
Saying she was doing so "sadly and with a heart broken," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi officially signed the article of impeachment against President Donald Trump, paving the way for it to be sent to the Senate.
Pelosi, D-Calif. — speaking at the lectern that one of the rioters made off with during the storming of the Capitol last week — noted that Trump was impeached with bipartisan support. Ten Republicans voted to impeach him.
"Today, in a bipartisan way, the House demonstrated that no one is above the law, not even the president of the United States," Pelosi said.
She was flanked by the House managers — the lawmakers who will serve as Trump's prosecutors in the Senate — as she signed the document.
The trial process essentially begins when the managers take the article of impeachment over to the Senate. It's unclear when that will be. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., soon to be the Senate's majority leader, called for the trial to begin as soon as possible, but the current majority leader, Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the trial would have to start after Joe Biden is inaugurated on Jan. 20.
Trump releases new video condemning Capitol riot — but does not mention impeachment
President Donald Trump released a video Wednesday to offer his most forceful condemnation yet of last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Trump did not mention his impeachment in the taped message, which was released on the White House Twitter account after his personal account was suspended.
"I want to be very clear. I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week. Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country and no place in our movement," Trump said.
"No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence. No true supporter of mine could ever disrespect law enforcement or our great American flag," he added. "No true supporter of mine could ever threaten or harass their fellow Americans — if you do any of these things, you are not supporting our movement, you're attacking it, and you are attacking our country."
His remarks come after 10 House Republicans voted with Democrats in favor of a single impeachment article, which passed on Wednesday.
In the video, Trump also discussed "unprecedented assault on free speech," referring to his ban from several social media sites.
He closed the remarks by calling on Americans to come together.
Moving day approaching at the Trump White House
Stacks of empty boxes were delivered to the White House grounds Wednesday while the clock continues to tick down for the Trump administration.
The pallets of cardboard boxes were delivered to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building as the Biden administration is set to take office in a week, on Jan. 20. Most of the offices in the building are for White House staff members.
The Biden administration plans on a deep cleaning of the White House itself.
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.
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.
House vote to impeach Trump for a second time begins
The House is voting now to impeach President Donald Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors for the second time. This will make Trump the first president in history to be impeached twice. This time, the House is voting to impeach him on one article of impeachment for “incitement of insurrection” following the Jan. 6 attack at the Capitol.
This vote will take roughly 40 minutes or so because of Covid-19 precautions.
We know of at least 7 Republicans that plan to vote yes but there could be more.
Trump monitoring proceedings from the White House
President Trump has been monitoring the impeachment proceedings largely from the Oval Office, and in a few instances from the dining room, according to an administration official.
A few more officials have trickled in throughout the day, but for the most part the West Wing has been sparsely-staffed.
"As much as we can, we are focusing on the transition, highlighting success of the last four years, and continuing the work of government until the next administration takes over,” an administration official tells NBC News.
There has been outreach between the White House and Republican leadership on the Hill in recent days, the official said, but did not give specific details.
When pressed on why there is no clear legal or communications strategy, the official said the reason, in part, is that the impeachment proceedings came together so quickly. While the president and his allies are dismissing the impeachment as a politically motivated “witch hunt,” concerns are starting to set in given the growing number of GOP defections.
Houston officer relieved of duty after taking part it in riot
A member of the Houston Police Department traveled was in the Capitol during the violent riot, according to Chief Art Acevedo.
The HPD says the officer has been relieved of duty and has been given a 48-hour notice of a disciplinary hearing.
Acevedo said, “I can tell you there is a high probability this individual will be charged with federal charges, and rightfully so.”
“So far we believe the individual traveled alone”, Acevedo said and identifies him as an 18 year veteran of the HPD with no history of disciplinary issues with the department.
Rep. Pressley's husband tests positive for Covid after sheltering during Capitol attack
Rep. Ayanna Pressley said Wednesday that her husband, Conan Harris, has tested positive for Covid-19, just days after he sheltered in place with lawmakers who refused to wear masks during the violent rioting at the U.S. Capitol last week.
Harris, Pressley said in a statement, received a positive test Tuesday night and is showing “mild” symptoms and is in isolation.
Harris, she said, had accompanied her to Washington, D.C. for her swearing-in ceremony last week and was with her in the Capitol complex throughout the January 6 attack, including inside the secure location where lawmakers were during the attack, and inside which several Republican lawmakers adamantly refused to wear a mask.
As of Tuesday, three lawmakers had tested positive for Covid-19 after the riots.
“As my colleagues and I sought shelter from the white supremacist mob that violently attacked our seat of government, we were greeted by a different threat—one posed by my callous Republican colleagues who, in this crowded and confined space, repeatedly refused to wear masks when offered. Their arrogant disregard for the lives of others is infuriating, but not surprising, and we are seeing the consequences of it daily, as several of my colleagues—and now my husband—test positive for COVID-19,” Pressley said in her statement. “I am deeply outraged by the criminal negligence of the current administration in responding to this crisis, along with their accomplices in Congress who continue to downplay the severity of a virus that has claimed the lives of over 380,000 Americans.”
Pepperoni or cheese? Lawmakers deliver pizza to National Guard
McConnell undecided on conviction
McConnell told his GOP colleagues in a note this afternoon he remains undecided on whether he’ll vote to convict Trump.
“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 wrote to his colleagues.
Ivanka Trump not expected to attend inauguration
Ivanka Trump is not expected to attend President-elect Biden’s inauguration next week, according to a White House official. While she respects his transition to power, according to this official, the official said children of outgoing presidents do not always attend.
President Trump has also said he will not attend the ceremony.
Rep. Chip Roy says Trump's conduct was impeachable, but opposes the article
Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, said on the House floor that Trump's conduct in pressuring the vice president to overturn the election impeachable, but that he opposes the article of impeachment.
"The president of the United States deserves universal condemnation for what was clearly, in my opinion, impeachable conduct, pressuring the vice president to violate his oath to the Constitution," Roy said.
He said he is against the impeachment measure because it makes an issue of political speech.
House Republicans put divides over Trump's culpability on clear display
As the debate unfolded on the U.S. House floor ahead of the vote to impeach President Trump for inciting last week's riots that engulfed the Capitol, the growing divide within the Republican caucus over the president's actions was on clear display.
Many Republicans mounted little defense of the president, in stark reversal from last year’s impeachment debate. Instead, much of the Republican criticism focused on process complaints and predictions that impeaching Trump would only inflame tensions.
And while some Trump allies did defend the president directly, it was far from the centerpiece of the GOP argument.
GOP Rep. wears 'censored' mask while speaking on House floor
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., who has repeatedly refused to wear a mask on the House floor, including last week before the Capitol riots, showed up for Wednesday's vote wearing a mask that said the word "censored" on it. She then delivered a speech that aired on multiple news outlets.
Pelosi to speak at lectern commandeered during Capitol riots
Trump releases tweet-sized statement urging demonstrations to remain peaceful
President Donald Trump released a tweet-sized statement through the press office on Wednesday, which was promptly read by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on the House floor.
Trump wrote: “In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind. That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers. Thank You.”
The Trump campaign also sent the statement to supporters over text message.
To resounding applause, Rep. Newhouse becomes 6th House GOPer to support impeachment
Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., said on Wednesday he would vote yes on impeachment, joining the five other House Republicans who have said they will vote to impeach the president.
"The president took an oath to defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic. Last week, there was a domestic threat at the door of the Capitol and he did nothing to stop it. That's why with a heavy heart and clear resolve, I will vote yes on these articles of impeachment," Newhouse said, to cheers from Democrats in the chamber.
In a statement released shortly before his brief remarks, Newhouse said he believed the nation and the Republic were in jeopardy if Congress did not "rise to this occasion."
He continued: “A vote against this impeachment is a vote to validate the unacceptable violence we witnessed in our nation’s capital."
'I'm not going anywhere': Cheney responds to calls for her ouster as part of GOP leadership
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said Wednesday that she has no plans to heed calls for her to step down as the third-ranking Republican in the House after backing Trump's impeachment.
"I'm not going anywhere. This is a vote of conscience," Cheney told a member of the press pool on Capitol Hill. "It's one where there are different views in our conference. But our nation is facing an unprecedented, since the Civil War, constitutional crisis. That's what we need to be focused on. That's where our efforts and attention need to be."
McCarthy says Trump 'bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack'
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said in remarks on the House floor that Trump is to blame for last Wednesday's attack on the Capitol — but he shouldn't be impeached for it.
"The president bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding," McCarthy said on the House floor before the impeachment vote.
McCarthy, however, said he opposes impeaching Trump, suggesting the censure of the president and a bipartisan commission to investigate the events leading up to the riot might be the better options.
Gaetz draws boos from Dems as he blames left for inciting 'far more political violence than the right'
Speaking as the House debates a vote on impeaching President Trump a second time, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., was loudly booed after he accused Democrats of setting cities on fire over the summer.
Gaetz, one of Trump's closest allies and defenders, called impeachment "an itch that doesn't go away with just one scratch," referred to what he called the "the Biden crime family" and mentioned the same false claims about a wrongfully decided election that led to last week's Capitol riot.
"I denounce political violence from all ends of the spectrum," Gaetz said. "But make no mistake, the left in America has incited far more political violence than the right. For months, our cities burned, police stations burned, our businesses shattered."
"Some cited the metaphor that the president lit the flame, well they lit actual flames, actual fires," Gaetz said, drawing loud boos from Democrats as he pointed to their side of the chamber. "And we have to put them out."
According to a pool report, as Gaetz began his speech, Rep. Andy Levin, D-Mich., lifted his right hand and pointed his finger to his head and twirled it as if to signal that Gaetz is crazy. He later shook his head several times through Gaetz's speech.
Democrats shouted back at Gaetz as he ended his speech, giving him a smattering of boos and calling for "order" as the chair used the gavel to try to calm the scene.
Republicans continue to defy metal detectors as Capitol security ramps up
Matt Fuller, a reporter for HuffPost, recorded at least 12 GOP lawmakers either side-stepping the metal detectors or setting them off and continuing on to the House floor. They included Reps. Virginia Foxx of Virginia, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma and Louie Gohmert of Texas.
McConnell rejects request to hold impeachment trial before inauguration
A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., confirmed a report from the Washington Post's Seung Min Kim saying the Kentucky lawmaker had said he would not agree to reconvene for an impeachment trial before the inauguration.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., had urged McConnell to use an emergency provision that would allow them to come back earlier, but it would have required both leaders to agree to do so.
Republican Senate leaders meanwhile were blindsided Tuesday after the New York Times reported McConnell was “pleased” that Trump was getting impeached, NBC News has learned.
McConnell’s leadership team, which includes Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Rick Scott, R-Fla., Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, were not given a heads up ahead of the story that made clear how McConnell felt about impeaching the president, multiple aides familiar with the days events tell NBC News.
NBC News has not independently confirmed the Times reporting, but McConnell’s office has not disputed the report and Republicans on Capitol Hill have been treating it as gospel.
Trump grows defiant as the White House becomes a ghost town
President Donald Trump is set to be impeached, again, on Wednesday, but this time, he will lack the megaphone of Twitter to respond and be without a robust and aggressive defense from his White House and allies.
Stripped of the ability to fire off real-time responses, Trump must rely on a White House staff that has largely been replaced with moving boxes as aides head for the exits and allies fail to offer a defense of him in public.
But the silence from the president shouldn't be interpreted as submission, those close to him say. Instead, Trump continues to cling to his false assertion that he won the election and is refusing pleas that he leave office days before his term expires because of his role in the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol.
'We told you so,' Democratic Rep. Richmond says
In what is likely his final floor speech as a congressman, Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., urged his colleagues to impeach Trump.
“Stand up, man up, woman up, and defend this Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic, including Donald J. Trump,” Richmond said, criticizing Republicans who said Congress should unify the country and not impeach the president.
“In the first impeachment, Republicans said we didn’t need to impeach him because he learned his lesson," he said as he was reminded he was out of time. "Well, we said, if we didn’t remove him, he would do it again. Simply put, we told you so. Richmond out.”
Richmond, who has served in Democratic leadership as assistant majority whip, is retiring from Congress to join President-elect Joe Biden’s administration as a senior adviser.