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Trump impeachment: Republicans clash as Senate trial looms

Marjorie Taylor Greene to file Joe Biden impeachment articles on Jan. 21 These 10 Republicans backed Trump's bipartisan impeachment
Adrian Cunningham | 15 January, 2021, 00:29

Trump's recorded speech did not mention the impeachment but saw the outgoing president "unequivocally" denounce the deadly violence at the U.S. Capitol last week, when an angry mob of his supporters stormed the building while demanding that Biden's presidential election win be overturned.

But the new president will also have to contend with the nearly evenly split Senate holding an impeachment trial.

Mrs Cheney, a Wyoming congresswoman whose father was vice-president to Republican George W Bush, faced immediate calls to resign after voting to impeach Mr Trump for inciting insurrection against the USA government.

Newhouse, from Washington state, announced his intention to vote to impeach on the House floor during Wednesday's debate, drawing applause from the roughly two dozen Democrats on the floor.

No U.S. president has ever been removed from office through impeachment.

Andrew Johnson, a Democrat and white supremacist who opposed civil rights for slaves, was impeached by a Republican-controlled lower house in 1868.

Greene had defended her decision not to wear a mask when locked in a secure room with other House members during the Capitol riots and pushed back against Democrats who are now blaming her and other maskless GOP members for their recent coronavirus positive tests. "He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love".

Representative Liz Cheney, a powerful Republican lawmaker, and nine other Republicans joined Democrats in voting for impeachment. At the time, only Democratic lawmakers voted to impeach.

Trump's overall approval takes a hit in the poll, with just 29 per cent support of his recent actions and 69 per cent disapproval. Five people died as a result of the violence.

How many Senate votes are needed to convict Trump? As of Jan. 20 the new Senate is split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the deciding vote. But a 2 thirds majority is required to convict a president in
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They said that impeachment this close to the end of Trump's term as president was unnecessary and would only increase tension and division in the country.

It is not clear whether the 67 votes that would be required to convict him exist in the Senate.

Hours before the riot, Trump told his supporters to march to the Capitol building as he continued to claim that he won November's USA presidential election, even though that is completely unfounded.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will decide when and if to bring the charge to the U.S. Senate.

The U.S. Constitution says there are two ways to punish an impeached official: removal from office or "disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States".

On the day after Trump was impeached in the House of Representatives - becoming the first United States president in history subjected to a second impeachment - Biden hopes to seize the narrative and get Americans looking forward again.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence needed to agree and that didn't happen.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has some discretion on when she sends the impeachment article to the Senate, which Republican leader Mitch McConnell made clear won't reconvene until January 19.

"We have to make sure that our leaders are held accountable, we can not have a president of the United States that is willing to abuse the power of the office of the presidency and be easily bought off by foreign governments ..." "They have lasted 83 days, 37 days, and 21 days respectively".

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