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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5:02 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021

McConnell makes clear no Senate trial before Biden is sworn in 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made clear in a statement to fellow senators that President Trump's impeachment trial won’t start until after Jan. 19.  

McConnell said in the statement that he believes "it will best serve our nation if Congress and the executive branch spend the next seven days completely focused on facilitating a safe inauguration and an orderly transfer of power to the incoming Biden Administration."

Read his full statement:

“The House of Representatives has voted to impeach the President. The Senate process will now begin at our first regular meeting following receipt of the article from the House.
Given the rules, procedures, and Senate precedents that govern presidential impeachment trials, there is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial could conclude before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week. The Senate has held three presidential impeachment trials. They have lasted 83 days, 37 days, and 21 days respectively.
Even if the Senate process were to begin this week and move promptly, no final verdict would be reached until after President Trump had left office. This is not a decision I am making; it is a fact. The President-elect himself stated last week that his inauguration on January 20 is the ‘quickest’ path for any change in the occupant of the presidency.
In light of this reality, I believe it will best serve our nation if Congress and the executive branch spend the next seven days completely focused on facilitating a safe inauguration and an orderly transfer of power to the incoming Biden Administration. I am grateful to the offices and institutions within the Capitol that are working around the clock, alongside federal and local law enforcement, to prepare for a safe and successful inauguration at the Capitol next Wednesday.”
5:04 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021

Senior adviser says "it all came crashing down" because Trump "could never tell the truth"

From CNN's Jim Acosta

A senior Trump adviser offered a stinging assessment of the President's second impeachment by saying Trump has destroyed everything he built politically because he could never tell the truth.

"In the end, it all came crashing down because he could never tell the truth," the adviser said. "All because he couldn't accept he lost," the adviser added.

"This will be the story you tell your kids when you lecture them about telling the truth," the adviser continued.

4:51 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021

Jim Jordan was hoping “less” Republicans would have voted to impeach Trump 

From CNN's Annie Grayer

Rep Jim Jordan said the he was not surprised by the number of Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, but was hoping it would be less.

“It's about where I thought it might be,” Jordan said walking off the floor. “I was hoping it would be less.”

Asked if he still considers Trump to be a leader of the Republican party even though he has now been impeached twice, Jordan said, “of course.”

“His support is strong because the American people appreciate that over the last four years he did more of what he said he would do than any President in my life,” Jordan said.

Asked if the 10 Republicans who voted with Democrats to impeach Trump would face primaries Jordan said, “I don’t know that.”

5:45 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021

These are the 10 GOP members who voted to impeach Trump

From CNN's Capitol Hill unit

The House just voted to impeach President Trump for a second time for his role in last week's deadly Capitol riot.

Ten Republicans joined their Democratic colleagues in voting in favor of the impeachment resolution.

They are:

  1. Rep. Dan Newhouse of Washington
  2. Rep. John Katko of New York
  3. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington
  4. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
  5. Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan
  6. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming
  7. Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan
  8. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio
  9. Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina
  10. Rep. David Valadao of California

What comes next: The next steps in the process are a little unclear. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won't agree to bring the Senate back early, according to Republican sources, and he communicated that to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer today.

That means a Senate trial won't happen now until after Trump has left office and would most likely bleed into the early days of the Biden presidency, and when Democrats will control the Senate.

Here's how each member in the House voted on Trump's second impeachment.

5:31 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021

The House just voted to impeach President Trump. Here's what happens next.

From CNN's Zachary B. Wolf

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The House has just voted to impeach President Trump for the second time – making him the only US president to ever be impeached twice. The resolution passed 232 to 197.

The impeachment resolution the House voted on charges Trump with a single article, "incitement of insurrection" for his role in last week's deadly Capitol riot.

Ten Republicans, including the House's No. 3 Republican, Liz Cheney of Wyoming, joined with Democrats to impeach Trump.

There is no such thing as a routine impeachment but this one is unprecedented in all sorts of ways.

The overall impeachment process laid out in the Constitution is relatively simple:

  • A president commits "high Crime or Misdemeanor"
  • The House votes to impeach
  • The Senate conducts a trial

This impeachment process will feel entirely new and different from the one we saw in late 2019 around the Ukraine investigation, most notably because the Senate trial is expected to occur after Trump leaves office.

Here's why that's important:

New President Joe Biden will be asking the Senate to vote on his Cabinet nominees and act on legislation to address the Covid pandemic as well as relief for Americans hurt by the troubled economy.

In 2020, Senate business ground to a complete halt during the trial. This time, incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is hoping to pursue a half-day schedule to conduct the trial part of the day and business the rest of the day.

The charges this time are much simpler to convey and understand, however. It should still take some number of days with Chief Justice John Roberts presiding and senators sitting in judgment. When both of the new Democratic senators from Georgia are seated, it will take 17 Republicans voting with Democrats to reach a two-thirds majority and convict Trump.

The swift effort to impeach him certainly puts Trump in the position of wanting to keep Republican senators on his side. In that regard, it would keep him in check during the last week of his presidency.

Remember: Impeaching Trump in the House does not remove him from office. Neither a second House impeachment nor even a Senate vote to convict Trump and remove him from office would prevent him from running again, in 2024 or beyond.

Rather, after two-thirds of senators present voted to remove Trump, a simple majority of senators present would have to approve an additional vote to bar him from the presidency in the future.

Barring him from further office could also cost him his more-than $200,000 per year pension if the Senate wants to take that way.

Watch the moment:

5:23 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021

Trump expected to make a statement on impeachment proceedings, official says 

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins and Jim Acosta

President Trump will make a statement reacting to today’s impeachment proceedings soon, an official familiar with the matter tells CNN. It will likely be a video.

The House has just voted to impeach President Trump for the second time – making him the only US president to ever be impeached twice. The resolution passed 232 to 197.

The impeachment resolution the House voted on charges Trump with a single article, "incitement of insurrection," for his role in last week's deadly Capitol riot.

More on this: A White House official said aides to the President are concerned the video he is recording this evening will be removed by YouTube, as Trump has seen his presence on social media vanish in recent days as tech giants like Twitter and Facebook have cracked down on the President's often false and irresponsible content. 

The official said the plan is to post the video on whitehouse.gov. But YouTube is used by the White House to post videos on the official government site. The official said news outlets would be wise to make a digital recording of the video as soon as possible, in the event it is pulled down by YouTube.

The Oval Office is under consideration as a location for recording the video. It could be posted sometime during the next couple of hours.

4:35 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021

House reaches enough votes to impeach Trump

From CNN's Capitol Hill unit 

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Enough lawmakers have cast votes to impeach President Trump again in a historic first, with at least 217 members having now cast votes to impeach the President, including at least nine Republicans.

The impeachment resolution charges Trump with a single article, "incitement of insurrection," for his role in last week's deadly Capitol riot.

Voting is ongoing.

As soon as the gavel comes down, Trump will become the only President in history to be impeached twice.

See the moment:

4:27 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021

Dana Bash: It's reprehensible that Republicans who propagated election fraud lies did not apologize

From CNN's Dana Bash / Written by CNN's Maureen Chowdhury

CNN's Dana Bash called out House Republicans who did not come out and admit that they were wrong for propagating false election fraud claims during the House impeachment debate.

"Those who did say that the election was stolen, those who propagated that, those who fed the lies of the President, 'I'm sorry, I made a mistake,' we heard that from nobody. And that's frankly reprehensible," CNN's Dana Bash said.

"Especially given the fact that they all know better," Bash added.

"I think they know the reality. I think that they know the truth. I think that, in their heart of hearts, understand that when the secretaries of states in swing states like Georgia or Pennsylvania or Arizona say 'This election wasn't stolen,' and it was free and fair and honest that, that actually is the truth," Bash continued.

Bash also highlighted how, aside from the backtracking from election fraud claims, Republicans didn't acknowledge the live footage from last week's attack which show rioters stating "the President told us to come here."

Watch Bash's full remarks:

4:24 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021

GOP lawmaker who voted for impeachment: "I'm at real peace right now"

From CNN's Annie Grayer

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, one of the Republicans who voted "yes" to impeach President Trump, told CNN he is at peace with his vote.

“I think this is one of those votes that that transcends any kind of political implication if the moment. This is one of those that you're going to look back on when you're 80 and this will be the one you talk about,” Kinzinger said. 

“I don't know what the future is, you know, I don't know what that means for me politically but I know I'm at real peace right now," he added.

Kinzinger said he didn’t feel pressure from the party, but that his constituents were all over the place. Kinzinger said he didn’t know how many of his Republican colleagues would be joining him to vote for impeaching Trump.