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The House of Representatives is poised on Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time after he incited a deadly riot at the US Capitol that resulted in five deaths and multiple injuries.
With just a week left in his term, the president is facing an unprecedented level of legal and political risk after he whipped thousands of his supporters into a frenzy at a rally on January 6 and then urged them to march to the Capitol to stop Congress from formalizing President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.
The pro-Trump mob went on to lay siege to the Capitol, swarming the building, ransacking offices, stealing and vandalizing property, and trying to hunt down Vice President Mike Pence and other lawmakers.
In the wake of the failed insurrection, a slew of Republicans finally broke ranks with the president as congressional Democrats called for his impeachment. If he is impeached Wednesday, as is widely expected, Trump will be the only president to have been impeached twice.
The House passed a resolution late Tuesday calling on Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove the president from office. However, Pence sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before the resolution was passed indicating that he would not take that drastic step because he believed it would be unconstitutional and divisive.
In addition to the House Democratic caucus, several Republicans are also expected to vote in favor of impeachment, including Reps. John Katko, Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger, and Fred Upton. In all, the White House is said to expect about two dozen GOP defections, a remarkable rebuke of this president from a party that has steadfastly backed him as he ignited controversy after controversy during his term in office.
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FBI and Justice Department are focusing on ‘significant felony cases tied to sedition and conspiracy’ after the riot
FBI and Justice Department officials said Tuesday that the “scope and scale” of criminal conduct they’re investigating from the rioters is “unprecedented.”
The acting US attorney in Washington, DC, said investigators are focusing on “significant felony cases tied to sedition and conspiracy” in the wake of the siege.
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics