This is Toby Sumpter with your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief for Thursday, January 14, 2021.
Today you will hear about Trump’s second impeachment, the President’s latest statement, and what’s next in the Senate, a US Attorney assures us the capitol criminals will be hung out to dry, and the joint chiefs of staff condemn the capitol business.
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House Votes 232-197 to Impeach President Trump for a Second Time
President Trump is the first president in US history to be impeached twice. Ten House Republicans broke with their party and voted for impeachment.
President Trump released a pre-recorded statement Wednesday afternoon:
Senate Will Not Begin Impeachment Trial until January 19th at Earliest
Sen. Lindsey Graham is leading the charge against President Donald Trump’s impeachment and removal in the Senate, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested he’s open to voting to convict the president.
While Graham recently said he’d had “enough” of Trump’s bid to overturn the election results, has been calling around to Republican senators urging them to oppose convicting the president in the Senate’s expected impeachment trial, according to three people familiar with the effort.
McConnell is taking a different approach. In a letter to Republican senators on Wednesday, the Kentucky Republican did not immediately reject the House’s impeachment of Trump and said he plans to weigh the opposing views during the trial. He also urged his colleagues to keep their powder dry in the runup to the trial.
“[W]hile the press has been full of speculation, I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate,” McConnell wrote, according to a copy of the letter obtained by POLITICO and a McConnell spokesperson.
Regardless, McConnell is not looking to expedite any action. In his letter, McConnell also rejected Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s request that the Senate reconvene this week as soon as the House sends the impeachment article across the Capitol. That means the trial will not begin until Jan. 19 at the earliest.
“Given the history, rules, and Senate precedents governing presidential impeachment trials, there has never been any chance that any fair or appropriate trial would conclude before President-elect Biden is sworn in,” McConnell wrote. “Whether it were to begin this week, next week, or later, the trial will not end until after the President has left office. This is simply a fact.”
A two-thirds majority is required to convict and remove the president, meaning 17 Republicans would need to join all Democrats. It’s unclear whether the numbers would be there, but if McConnell did vote to convict, it would increase the likelihood others would follow.
“Make no mistake, there will be an impeachment trial in the United States Senate,” Schumer said Wednesday. “There will be a vote on convicting the president for high crimes and misdemeanors; and if the president is convicted, there will be a vote on barring him from running again.”
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Acting US Attorney Says Range of Criminal Conduct is Mindblowing
Joint Chiefs of Staff Say Capitol Riot Was An Assault on the Constitution
The violent riot in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021 was a direct assault on the U.S. Congress, the Capitol building, and our Constitutional process. We mourn the deaths of the two Capitol policemen and others connected to these unprecedented events.
We witnessed actions inside the Capitol building that were inconsistent with the rule of law. The rights of freedom of speech and assembly do not give anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition and insurrection.
As Service Members, we must embody the values and ideals of the Nation. We support and defend the Constitution. Any act to disrupt the Constitutional process is not only against our traditions, values, and oath; it is against the law.
On January 20, 2021, in accordance with the Constitution, confirmed by the states and the courts, and certified by Congress, President-elect Biden will be inaugurated and will become our 46th Commander in Chief.
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