LIVE UPDATES: Trump Impeachment
“We are debating this historic measure at an actual crime scene and we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the president of the United States,” says Democratic Congressman Jim McGovern.
‘I saw Evil’
Speaking on the House floor, Jim McGovern, the Democratic chairman of the rules committee, noted that today’s vote is taking place at “an actual crime scene” after a violent mob stormed the Capitol.
McGovern recounted how Donald Trump incited the crowd to attack the Capitol, by encouraging a group of his supporters at a rally to march down Pennsylvania Avenue as Congress certified Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.
“I saw evil,” McGovern said of the rioters.
Army reminds soldiers of ‘apolitical standards’
“We defend the rights of every American and we protect the roles of our institutions of democracy. We remind all soldiers and civilians to uphold the Army’s apolitical standards,” the letter begins.
“The nation expects all members of the US Army to follow the law and do the right things the right way, whether we are in or out of uniform.
“To maintain the sacred trust of the American People it is important that all those who represent the Army, in any capacity, remain models of professionalism, character and integrity.”
Grun Kibben, the House chaplain, reflected on the gravity of the day and the grief of the past week in her opening prayer this morning.
“We stand before you to give account for our role in today’s momentous decisions and our deepest desire to carry out responsibilities to govern, protect and preserve this nation while yet unsettled by the events of this past week,” Kibben said.
The president’s likely impeachment comes exactly one week after he incited a violent, pro-Trump mob to storm the Capitol, resulting in five deaths.
The House of Representatives has opened its session, and Democrats are getting ready to impeach President Trump over last week’s deadly attack on Congress.
The Democrats have a majority in the House, so the vote later on Wednesday on whether to impeach Mr Trump for the second time is expected to pass.
Here’s what we can expect as the day progresses
There’ll be an hour of debate on the rule of the session, split between the two parties. Then, lawmakers will vote on the rule.
We’ll then move into two hours of debate on the impeachment article itself.
The final vote on impeachment should last around an hour. We’re expecting that to begin around 1600EST/2100GMT.
They have just gone into a short recess. But there’s lots to come, so stay tuned.