Washington, Jan 13: President Donald Trump was on the verge of being impeached for a second time in a fast-moving House vote, just a week after he encouraged loyalists to “fight like hell” against election results and then a mob of supporters stormed the US. Capitol. “We are debating this historic measure at a crime scene,” said Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass.
Security was exceptionally tight Wednesday, shocking images of National Guard troops massed at the iconic Capitol, with secure perimeters around the complex and metal-detector screenings required for lawmakers entering the House chamber.
While Trump’s first impeachment in 2019 brought no Republican votes in the House, a small but significant number of leaders and lawmakers broke with the party to join Democrats, saying Trump violated his oath to protect and defend U.S. democracy.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell believes Trump committed impeachable offenses and considers Democrats’ impeachment drive an opportunity to reduce the divisive, chaotic President’s hold on the GOP, a Republican strategist told The Associated Press Wednesday.
McConnell also called major Republican donors this weekend to gauge their thinking about Trump and was adamantly told that Trump had clearly crossed a line. McConnell told them he was through with Trump, said the strategist, who demanded anonymity to describe McConnell’s conversations.