House impeaches Trump for role in deadly Capitol riot

By Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes, Melissa Mahtani, Fernando Alfonso III and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 8:54 a.m. ET, January 14, 2021
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12:30 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021

Read the full article of impeachment against President Trump

Democrats in the House of Representatives are charging President Trump with "incitement of insurrection" for his role in last week's deadly Capitol riot.

Susan Cole, House reading Clerk, is reading the article of impeachment now on the House floor.

This is the full article of impeachment that the House will vote on later today:

12:30 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021

Happening now: House begins debate on Trump impeachment resolution

The House is debating now on an impeachment resolution that would make Trump the first President in United States history to be impeached for a second time.

Democrats are charging Trump with "incitement of insurrection" for his role in last week’s deadly Capitol riot. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will open the two-hour debate.

What will come next: The House will vote on the single article of impeachment. The final vote will begin between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET.

As with all important votes in times of coronavirus, these things are a bit fluid in terms of timing. The resolution is expected to pass.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not told his members yet when the trial may be in the Senate, according to multiple GOP sources. Even if Trump is impeached today, Trump will stay in office and likely finish out his term because it takes a Senate conviction to remove him even after he’s been impeached.

12:38 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021

McConnell hasn't told Republicans when Senate trial may be

From CNN's Manu Raju

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not told his members yet when the trial may be, according to multiple GOP sources. 

McConnell also has not yet publicly said whether he will agree to reconvene the Senate and begin a Senate trial immediately. That has prompted speculation within the Senate that McConnell could move quicker — to bring the Senate back — and convict Trump before he leaves office.

McConnell has yet to inform his members about the latest in his thinking. In a memo a few days ago, he suggested the trial wouldn't start until Joe Biden becomes president, saying all 100 senators would need to consent to change the Senate's schedule

But since then, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer has called on McConnell to use emergency authority to reconvene the Senate if the two of them agree to bring the chamber back. McConnell has not ruled that out publicly.

House Democrats are signaling they plan to send the article of impeachment over to the Senate immediately, meaning a trial could presumably start as soon as McConnell wants.

McConnell's office is not yet answering questions.

Where McConnell stands: McConnell has indicated that he believes that impeaching President Trump will make it easier to get rid of the President and Trumpism from the Republican Party, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

Another person with direct knowledge told CNN there's a reason McConnell has been silent on impeachment as other Republicans have pushed back: He's furious about last week's attack on the US Capitol by the President's supporters, even more so that Trump has shown no contrition. His silence has been deliberate as he leaves open the option of supporting impeachment.

12:25 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021

20,000 National Guard troops expected to be in Washington for inauguration

From CNN's Alison Main, Nicky Robertson and Barbara Starr

Members of the National Guard rest in the Capitol Visitor Center on January 13.
Members of the National Guard rest in the Capitol Visitor Center on January 13. Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images

DC Police Chief Robert Contee said on Wednesday that more than 20,000 National Guard members could be expected in the District for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, though he noted the final numbers will be provided by the United States Secret Service.

Multiple defense officials tell CNN that the total request for National Guard is close to 30,000 guardsmen to support US Capitol Police, Park Police and Washington Metropolitan Police Department but officials believe that the actual number needed is closer to 20,000.  The officials added that there is no concern that there will be any shortage of Guard forces to meet requirements from the 50 States and the District of Columbia. 

Asked if he's ever seen this much law enforcement reinforcement coming to the District, the newly-installed Chief Contee, who is a veteran of the Metropolitan Police Department and lifelong DC resident, answered, "not at this level, no."

Contee told reporters he remains concerned amid a "major security threat" ahead of the inauguration and planned demonstrations in the District this weekend.

"I've been concerned before today and will be through this weekend, and beyond," Contee said on Wednesday, while praising DC Mayor Muriel Bowser's security posture, including discouraging people from coming to DC for the inauguration. "There's a major security threat, and we are working to mitigate those threats," he added.

12:09 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021

House Republican defiant over decision to vote for impeachment: "I'm not in fear at all"

From CNN's Manu Raju

In an interview with CNN's Manu Raju, Rep. Jaime Herrera-Beutler, a Republican from Washington, said "I’m not in fear at all," over whether her vote to impeach President Trump would have consequences.

"This decision was not, like, a fear-based decision for me," she said.

Beutler announced last night that she would vote to impeach Trump citing "indisputable evidence," over his role in the Capitol riot.

"This is definitely the most, I think, consequential vote I've ever taken as a member," she told CNN, "and see, more than anything, I just, I just want people to know this isn't about choosing sides, this is about choosing truth."

Beutler added that she's preparing to deliver a statement on the House floor on her vote to impeach.

She’s one of five House Republicans who’ve broken rank so far in announcing their intent to impeach President Donald Trump.

12:21 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021

A Georgia man charged as part of the Capitol insurrection has died by suicide  

From CNN's Devon Sayers 

The death of a Georgia man who was charged as part of the Capitol insurrection has been ruled a suicide, officials say.

Police in suburban Atlanta responded Saturday morning to a call and found Christopher Stanton Georgia dead.  

The Fulton County Medical Examiner office performed an autopsy on Monday and has ruled his death a suicide. 

Two rifles were recovered from his home according to an incident report from the Alpharetta Police department. 

Georgia was charged with unlawful entry of the US Capitol, as well as violating a citywide curfew according to court documents filed in Washington. 

12:25 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021

Republican leaders think they'll lose about a dozen votes in impeachment

From CNN's Manu Raju

House Republican leaders believe they will lose about a dozen votes over the impeachment of President Trump, GOP sources familiar with the matter tell CNN. 

It's not certain yet, but that's the thinking right now, those sources tell CNN. 

Manu Raju reports from Capitol Hill: Division is playing out in the hallways

12:00 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021

House Republican: There's "a lot to think about" in impeachment vote decision

From CNN's Clare Foran 

GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse said that he has “a lot to think about” when asked if he has decided how he’s going to vote on impeachment today in the House.

He called it “a big decision,” and said he wants to hear the debate play out.

Some context: We expect just a handful of Republicans to vote with Democrats to impeach Wednesday. One aide put that estimate at no more than 20.

4:50 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021

Jim Jordan says Liz Cheney should be removed from GOP leadership position for supporting Trump's impeachment

From CNN's Daniella Diaz, Annie Grayer and Lauren Fox

From left, Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney and Rep. Jim Jordan
From left, Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney and Rep. Jim Jordan Getty Images/AP

Rep. Jim Jordan, a staunch Trump ally on Capitol Hill, told reporters he thinks Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney should be ousted from her leadership position after she said she'd support impeaching the President.

"I think she's totally wrong," he said. "I think there should be a conference and have a second vote on that," he added.

Some context: Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, announced Tuesday she would vote in favor of impeachment, issuing a scathing statement that charged there had "never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution."

The number of Republicans who will ultimately vote for impeachment remains unclear, with estimates ranging from 10 to as many as 20. So far, five Republicans have said they will vote to impeach Trump, including Cheney. They are:

  1. Rep. John Katko of New York
  2. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington
  3. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
  4. Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan
  5. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming