WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump could become the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice during his time in office on Wednesday as Congress considers his role in last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol in which five people died, lawmakers were forced into hiding and the certification of the 2020 election was brought to a halt.
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The House of Representatives is considering one article of impeachment against Trump — inciting an insurrection.
While Trump’s first impeachment in 2019 brought no Republican votes in the House, a small but significant number of leaders and lawmakers are breaking with the party to join Democrats, saying Trump violated his oath to protect and defend U.S. democracy.
“If inviting a mob to insurrection against your own government is not an impeachable event, then what is?” said Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., a drafter of the article of impeachment.
The four-page impeachment resolution relies on Trump’s own incendiary rhetoric and the falsehoods he spread about Biden’s election victory, including at a White House rally on the day of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, in building its case for high crimes and misdemeanors as demanded in the Constitution.
The president took no responsibility for the riot, suggesting it was the drive to oust him rather than his actions around the bloody riot that have divided the country.
“To continue on this path, I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our country, and it’s causing tremendous anger,” Trump said Tuesday in his first remarks to reporters since last week’s violence.