WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday is poised to impeach President Donald Trump a second time, which can make him the primary president to ever face this punishment twice.
House lawmakers are anticipated to vote on a single article of impeachment round 3 p.m. ET, charging Trump with “incitement of insurrection” within the wake of a pro-Trump mob violently storming the U.S. Capitol constructing final Wednesday.
The vote comes precisely one week earlier than Inauguration Day when Trump will go away workplace and Joe Biden will likely be sworn in as president on the steps of the Capitol.
On Tuesday night time, Democrats, joined by a handful of Republicans, handed a decision calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the twenty fifth Amendment to take away Trump from workplace. But earlier than the vote, Pence made clear he wouldn’t accomplish that, saying that he didn’t imagine “that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution.”
Democrats have overwhelmingly voiced help for impeaching Trump and as of Tuesday night time, a handful of Republicans mentioned that they deliberate to be part of their counterparts and impeach him throughout Wednesday’s vote. They embody House Republican convention chairwoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., essentially the most high-profile one, in addition to Reps. Fred Upton, R-Mich., Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. and John Katko, R-N.Y.
The “incitement of insurrection” article of impeachment was launched Monday by Reps. Jaime Raskin, D-Md., Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and David Cicilline, D-R.I. It says Trump has “demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law.”
“He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of government,” the five-page article of impeachment says. “He thereby betrayed his belief as president, to the manifest damage of the folks of the United States.”
The article also cites Trump’s Jan. 2 phone call urging Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “discover” enough votes to overturn the state’s election results as part of his effort “to subvert and impede the certification of the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election.”
Trump, for his part, has no public events on his schedule Wednesday and with Twitter banning his account last week, the president won’t be able to tweet about the impeachment process as he did when the House impeached him in December 2019.
A former White House official told NBC News that Trump is part “defiant…half sullen,” while another source said the president is hardening in his defiance. This source said the president’s comments on Tuesday that he had done nothing wrong undermined efforts by his allies to try to dissuade him from things that might make it harder to limit the number of Republicans who support impeachment.
“Nobody advised him to say something,” the source added. “This is him being him.”
Biden, meanwhile, has no public events on his schedule Wednesday. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will participate in a virtual finance event for the committee organizing the inauguration next week.
Once the House impeaches Trump, the next step is for the Senate to hold a trial to determine whether to convict him and potentially bar him from running for any office ever again. While it’s not entirely clear yet when the trial would take place, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said earlier this week that he wants to send the impeachment article to the upper chamber immediately after it’s approved.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., named nine Democratic impeachment managers for the trial Tuesday, with Raskin leading the team that will seek to prosecute Trump.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., mentioned final week that the earliest the Senate could take up the articles would be Jan. 19, until all 100 senators agree to come again early.
Kristen Welker, Peter Alexander, Carol E. Lee, Monica Alba, Kelly O’Donnell and Hallie Jackson contributed.