Trump is expected to be impeached for the second time during his presidency, this time with bipartisan support.
- The US House of Representatives debating an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump, accusing him of “incitement of insurrection” for his behaviour and remarks leading up to last Wednesday’s siege of the US Capitol.
- Members are expected to vote on the article around 15:00 EST (20:00 GMT) and all eyes are on how many Republicans will join Democrats in voting to impeach.
- Several Republicans, including the third-highest ranking House Republican, Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney – the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney – have indicated they support impeachment.
- The move comes after Vice President Mike Pence said he would not invoke the 25th Amendment and declare Trump unable to perform duties.
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John Kelly says Trump suffering from a ‘manhood’ issue
Trump’s former chief of staff John Kelly has said the president cannot admit to making a mistake because “his manhood is at issue here.”
“I don’t understand it, although I had to deal with it every day,” said Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, during an event in Des Moines on Tuesday, the Des Moines Register reported.
Trump made his first public appearance on Tuesday, but refused to take responsibility for allegedly egging on rioters before Capitol violence.
“People thought that what I said was totally appropriate,” Trump said.
Congresswoman accuses colleagues of giving ‘reconnaissance’ tours before Capitol breach
Representative Mikie Sherrill has said she saw members of Congress leading “groups” through the Capitol on January 5, a day before rioters breached the complex, calling it “reconnaissance for the next day”, New Jersey newspaper the Bergen Record reported.
Sherill made the statement during a Tuesday night Facebook live event, adding, “I’m going to see they are held accountable, and if necessary, ensure that they don’t serve in Congress.”
Sherill did not specify if the groups in question were Trump supporters who had come to the Capitol as Congress met to certify the vote.
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez: ‘I thought was going to die’
Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, a progressive Democrat, has recounted when rioters breached the US Capitol last week, saying “I thought I was going to die.”
Cortez, in a video posted on her Instragram, said: “I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive…”Not just in a general sense, but in a very, very specific sense.”
Cortez said she could not further explain her statement, citing “security concerns”, but said firmly “I thought I was going to die”.
US House opens Trump impeachment session
The Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives on Wednesday opened debate on a historic second impeachment of President Donald Trump over his supporters’ attack of the Capitol that left five dead.
Lawmakers in the lower chamber are expected to vote for impeachment around 3:00 PM (2000 GMT) – marking the formal opening of proceedings against Trump.
The president is expected to be impeached with bipartisan support.