Lawmakers, moving at lightning speed, voted just one week after violent pro-Trump loyalists stormed the Capitol, egged on by the president’s calls for them to “fight like hell” against the election results.
The Capitol insurrection stunned and angered lawmakers, who were sent scrambling for safety as the mob descended, and it revealed the fragility of the nation’s history of peaceful transfers of power.
The riot also forced a reckoning among some Republicans, who have stood by Trump throughout his presidency and largely allowed him to spread false attacks on the integrity of the 2020 election.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invoked Abraham Lincoln and the Bible, imploring lawmakers to uphold their oath to defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign “and domestic.” She said of Trump: “He must go, he is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”
Ten Republican House members — including the No. 3 House Republican leader Liz Cheney— supported efforts to impeach Trump. The GOP backing was in sharp contrast to the unanimous support for Trump among House Republicans when he was impeached by Democrats in December 2019, Matthew Daly reports.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hasn't ruled out that he might vote to convict Trump. Though he blocked a quick Senate trial, he's told colleagues he's not made up his mind about how he'll vote when that trial begins. McConnell is Washington's most influential Republican. The trial probably won't begin until around Jan. 20, when Democrats will take majority control of the chamber and President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated.
Trump Alone: His place in the history books has been rewritten -- and not how he would have wanted. As the House voted to impeach him, Trump faced his unprecedented second impeachment largely alone and silent. For more than four years, he has dominated the national discourse like no one else. Yet when his legacy was set in stone with the House vote, he was left on the sidelines. He kept out of sight in a nearly empty White House as impeachment proceedings played out at the heavily fortified U.S. Capitol. The suspension of his Twitter account deprived Trump of his most potent means to keep Republicans in line.
The Scene: The Capitol was transformed into a fortress of impeachment. Where visitors once walked, hundreds of National Guard members were camped out throughout, even in the Rotunda, protecting lawmakers still reeling from last week’s violence and preparing for Joe Biden's inauguration. Along with the signs of fear, there were also signs of gratitude for those protecting the area. A tunnel leading to House office buildings has become a makeshift tribute to members of law enforcement who protected the Capitol during last week's rioting, Kevin Freking and Andrew Taylor report.
Tarnished By Trump: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said a lot of flattering things about U.S. President Donald Trump over the years, trying to curry favor. He has professed his admiration and even suggested that Trump might be worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize. But after a mob of Trump supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol, Johnson sharply changed his tune, saying Trump had encouraged the violence and was “completely wrong.” It was a dramatic pivot for a populist leader who has often been compared to Trump and refrained for years from openly criticizing him. Johnson’s critics say his years of genuflecting to Trump have harmed Britain’s international authority and poisoned its political culture, Jill Lawless reports.
In the wake of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, potential threats and leads are pouring in to law enforcement agencies nationwide.
Investigators are combing through a mountain of online posts, street surveillance and other intelligence. The information suggests mobs could try to storm the Capitol again and includes threats to kill some members of Congress.
Security is being tightened from coast to coast. Thousands of National Guard troops are guarding the Capitol ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. Governors and lawmakers are stepping up protections at statehouses too.
Nation's Capital Lockdown: All across downtown Washington, D.C., the primary sound is the beeping of forklifts unloading more fencing. The FBI has warned that armed protests by violent Trump supporters are being planned in all 50 state capitals and in the nation's capital for the days leading up to Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20. Between the pandemic and the security threat, the D.C. mayor is flat-out asking people not to come for the inauguration. The most visible security is represented by 15,000 National Guardsmen from multiple states. Ashraf Khalil and Lolita C. Baldor report.
Biden will no longer take an Amtrak train to Washington for his inauguration because of security concerns.
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