The speed of the vote and the support of Republicans underscore the outrage MPs feel about Trump’s role in inciting Capitol rebels with months of false rhetoric about his stolen election. The impeachment resolution, which the House will vote on Wednesday, accuses Trump of a single article, “incitement to revolt.”
The number of Republicans who will eventually vote for impeachment remains unclear. So far, five Republicans have said they will vote to impeach Trump. As House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Fight Steve Scalis oppose impeachment ̵
1; arguing it is a divisive response – Wyoming’s L3 Republican Republican L3 Cheney announced on Tuesday that she would vote in favor. which charged there “there has never been a greater betrayal by the President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
The split in the Republican Party during Wednesday’s vote contrasts sharply with Trump’s impeachment by Democrats in 2019, when House Republicans were united in opposition. And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he believed Trump’s impeachment would make it easier to get rid of the president and Republican corruption, The New York Times, CNN and other news reported on Tuesday, another sign that Republicans are quickly bridging the gap between the party and the president who has ruled it for the past four years.
Democrats quickly rallied around the use of impeachment in the last days of Trump’s presidency to serve as an appropriate response to the president’s behavior and as a way to demand his removal before the end of his term, although this scenario seems unlikely. The House approved a resolution calling on Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from power late Tuesday night, but Pence sent a letter before the vote that he would not do so. Separately, a source close to Trump also told CNN on Tuesday night that “there is no reason for him to resign,” citing the president, adding: “He will not do that.”
Parliament Speaker Nancy Pelosi has rejected Republicans’ efforts to take various actions, such as reprimands, in response to Trump’s role in the riots. On Tuesday night, she appointed impeachment managers, a team of nine Democrats to be led by repressive Jamie Ruskin of Maryland, as a sign that she has no plans to hesitate to send articles to the Senate.
“The president’s actions demonstrate his absolute inability to fulfill the most basic and fundamental powers and duties of his cabinet, which is why the president must be removed from office immediately,” Pelosi said on the floor in the hall on Tuesday night.
Trump showed no grief over his role in the Capitol riots last week, opposing impeachment Tuesday in his first public statements since Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol last week.
“It’s been analyzed,” Trump said of his remarks to the crowd last week before the riots. “People thought what I said was perfectly appropriate.”
Wednesday’s impeachment vote threatens to complicate the early days of President-elect Joe Biden’s administration, both in his efforts to reach out to Republicans and because the Senate is likely to be brought to justice just as Biden takes office.
Although McConnell is silent in support of the impeachment, he said he has no plans to return the Senate before Jan. 19, meaning a senatorial process is likely to take place in the Senate, led by incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Both Biden and Sumer argue that the Senate will try to divide its days as it goes through the process, so the Senate can confirm Biden’s nominees and consider legislation to promote Covid-19 while conducting the impeachment process.
CNN’s Pamela Brown and Jim Acosta contributed to this report.