A historic debate is currently underway in the US House of Representatives over whether to impeach President Trump.
Rep. Jamie Raskin, one of the Democrats leading the charge, said House members "could've died" during the Jan. 6 insurrection.
He mentioned that the mob had erected a gallows outside the Capitol building and were heard chanting "Hang Mike Pence." He added that some of those who stormed the building got into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office and were heard yelling, "Where's Nancy?"
While many Republicans condemned the President's behavior, they argued that impeaching him would be divisive so close to his expected departure from office.
House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy – a staunch ally of the President – said he believes Trump is responsible for the deadly Capitol attack last week but impeaching him would be a "mistake."
“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. These facts require immediate action of President Trump,” McCarthy said.
So far, six Republicans have announced they will vote for impeachment. They are:
- Rep. Dan Newhouse of Washington
- Rep. John Katko of New York
- Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington
- Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
- Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan
- Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming
Republican leaders are expecting about 10 to 20 House Republicans to vote for impeachment but sources tell CNN there are many more members who "want to vote to impeach but they legitimately fear for their lives and their families’ lives," CNN's Jamie Gangel reports.
"Liz Cheney, these Republicans who have announced, they are showing courage at the same time as I have been told by Republican sources that members, Republican members, have said they are not going to vote for impeachment because they are still scared of Donald Trump," Gangel told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
"I was told that the White House is continuing to pressure these members, that Trump has not stopped and that members 'fear for their lives and for their families' lives,'" she continued. "After what we saw on January 6th, a week later, that says a lot that the White House is still pressuring people."