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i'm anderson cooper. we're watching history unfold on capitol hill. >> i'm erin burnett.
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president trump is set to become the only american president to be impeached twice. the house of representatives this morning is debating the need to hold the president accountable, accountable for en sighting a riot that engulfed the capitol of the united states. >> democrats on the side of an historic rebuke, an indelible stain on president trump's term in office. >> the damage this building sustained can be repaired, mr. speaker. but if we don't hold donald trump accountable, the damage done the our nation could be irreversible. domestic terrorists broke into the united states capitol that day. it's a miracle more people didn't die. >> some republicans have been fighting back with complaints about the process, saying what the president did is wrong, but it's all just moving too fast. meanwhile national guard troops are inside and outside the capitol building preparing for a worst case scenario. it is a military zone. they're concerned about more attacks on the capitol, being
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issued weapons today ahead of the impeachment debate. let's go straight to capitol hill and senior congressional correspondent manu raju. you have been speaking to everyone in the halls of congress and just spoke to house majority leader steny hoyer. where do things stand right now? >> the big question right now is how quickly will that senate trial begin because it's certain that donald trump will be impeached today in an historic vote. we expect a bipartisan majority to impeach donald trump on the charge of inciting insurrection. then the question is, then what? how quickly will be the senate act? will there be 67 senators who will convict donald trump, reventing him from holding office again? that seems like a real possibility. the question is when and how that process will start is when the house of representatives will officially transmit that article of impeachment from the house to the senate. i asked house majority leader steny hoyer about the timing of that.
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he said, quote, as soon as possible. he said he would defer to the speaker nancy pelosi. pelosi has informed him a couple days ago, he said, about when she would send it over. he said he wouldn't give the precise time, if it would happen today. the complication here is the fact that the senate is out of session. they're out of session until january 19th, the day before donald trump comes into office. the question is will the senate come back early to take this up. majority leader mitch mcconnell has not indicated he'd bring back the senate early. he'd come back the 19th, kicking off the trial in the beginning part of the biden presidency. will mitch mcconnell vote to convict donald trump? that is still uncertain but a possibility. if he does, donald trump almost certainly could lose a vote in the senate, get convicted, not hold office again. those will play out in the days ahead. in a moment we expect the vote this afternoon to impeach trump and we expect, hoyer thinking,
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between ten and 20 republican senators votes to impeach the president. that will play out today as donald trump will make history, becoming the only president impeached twice. erin, the president remains defiant as he faces his second impeachment. we're told he is considering pardoning himself and his children, a blanket pardon, in part, for their role in the insurrection at the kpol. cnn white house correspondent john harwood joins us now. what are you hearing about the likelihood of a presidential self-pardon? >> a couple of things, anderson. first of all we know the president discussed the idea of pardoning himself and his children. we know that's taken on a greater amount of urgency in recent days because the legal exposure of the president has gotten greater as a result of this insurrection. of course, he incited the insurrection himself. his son, donald trump jr. addressed that audience and said we're coming for you, to members of congress who were not willing to subvert the electoral college
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process. we also know that president trump takes as his first consideration in every circumstance his own self-interest. even though some lawyers question whether you can constitutionally pardon yourself or whether that would make the president above the law, it's hard to imagine that reservation constraining him. why not take a flyer on it. he can't absolve himself of all legal trouble because some of the hot water he's in is from state prosecutors in new york who would not be affected by a pardon. i think there's every expectation that within the last seven days, this president will take whatever steps he will do to protect himself going forward. >> certainly a lot of democrats and republicans who hoped the president might just resign which would sort of alleviate the whole issue of what to do before he leaves office. that was never -- i imagine that was never really a consideration
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on his part. that does not seem to be in his dna. >> reporter: it is not in his dna, anderson. donald trump was raised to always believe that he needed to project the fact that he was the winner in every situation, that's why he can't accept the reality of the election defeat. if he stepped up to resign, that would be an acknowledgment that i'm beat, i'm whipped and i've got to leave. the only way you can envision president trump taking that step would be if he somehow concluded that a self-pardon wouldn't work and that, if he could get mike pence to pardon him after resigning. you've got the think that after the president put mike pence's life in danger by sending that mob to the capitol, by excoriating mike pence for not having subverted the const constitution, you've got a question whether mike pence would be willing to make that commitment and follow through on that. >> john harwood, thanks very much. back to our team here.
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ross garber, we're told the president is discussing pardons for himself and his family. can you walk us through how realistic that is? i thought this was something the department of justice back in 1974 sort of -- wrote about saying self-pardons is not something a president should be able to do. >> that's true. let's sort of back up to the constitutional language. it's incredibly broad. it's one of the president's broadest powers. it was debated at the framing of the constitution. is it too broad? should there be exceptions, for example, for treason? what the founders said is, well, we want to make it broad, we don't want to constrain the president, but there is a big constraint and that is the impeachment and removal power. now, what's not addressed is this notion of a self-pardon. that's kind of antithetical because of that notion that you can't be a judge of yourself. it's sort of baked into our legal system, into our
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government system. you're exactly right, it was addressed. back during watergate in the 70s saying no, a president cannot pardon himself. it's not proper. that's just guidance out of the department of justice. it's never been tested. no judge has decided one way or the other. i agree, at this point the president is going to be impeached anyway. he may, oddly enough, view that as meaning sort of there's nothing left to lose here. why not pardon himself. again, it's unclear what would happen if he did it. the only way to test it, really, would be if the department of justice were to actually bring charges against the president. then he'd argue in court he's pardoned himself. a judge and ultimately the supreme court would have to decide. >> carrie cordova, in terms of the debate we've heard thus far,
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what stands out to you? >> what stands out to me in listening to the members that are speaking so far is particularly the republican members who are saying that, well, this is just moving too fast or maybe there should be censure. i'm really not getting the sense that some members of congress really understand the gravity of what is at stake here. it's surprising because it is the members of congress and sthar their staff who were the victims of this attack. they are the ones whose duties were impacted and prevented from taking place in the constitution, but their safety and physical safety of their colleagues and staffs were in serious jeopardy. what is evidence is that the president is continuing to intimidate them. in other words, his activities in creating this environment of
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violence hasn't stopped. jamie geng gel's reporting before the break is so important when she describes that some members of fearing for their own lives and the lives of their families. that's because the president has incited a group of people in this country who actually think the vote was stolen and who actually think that he is charging them with creating a revolution in this country. so what i'm not hearing from some members at least is a real grasp of what is at stake. this is not about politics. this is about physical safety and the functioning of the country and the functioning of democracy. >> laura, one could argue that they don't grasp it or that for some of them at least they are operating out of fear. they saw lindsey graham being screamed at, surrounded by security people walking through an airport to get on a plane.
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they don't want to go through that in their districts for the next couple of years. therefore, it's easier for them to just vote not to impeach, knowing that the impeachment will go through in the house and that the president is going to leave office anyway. >> even more they also saw insurrectionists threaten to hang the vice president of the united states right outside of the capitol building. you see, this is exactly what the founding fathers feared when they were trying to decide what kind of country we would have. the notion here that we're going to have a system of three coequal branches of government, anderson, that provided adequate checks and balances on an abuse of power. the notion -- i understand it's justifiable, these people were held under siege last week, that we have now our democracy at this extraordinary crossroads where either we'll have effective checks and balances or we'll be overrun by fear in a way that would embolden, perhaps
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irrevocably the branch os of government that's why it's so important as liz chain nay spoke about, a vote of con chens. i would argue this is a vote about the future of democracy. we have an idea from the founding fathers and beyond that we're supposed to have mechanisms at play to expeditiously remove threats to our country and abuses of power. it's really a sad day in america that the choice that our founding fathers thought they'd never have to envision in america is coming true. either we bow to an overabusive monarch, or we vote our conscience and do what's best for the american people. that's not the crossroads i envisioned in 2021. >> david chalian, we showed national guard troops handing out weapons, armed national guard troops at the capitol. we saw them sleeping also inside the capitol. it's an extraordinary moment in
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our history. we also heard from prosecutors, fbi officials and department of justice officials yesterday talking about the charges they're looking at. they talked about the videos they've seen. huge amounts of videos taken from inside the capitol, and they were talking about how the images that they have seen are even worse than the ones that have been publicly released thus far and they've sort of raised the question of, if the public actually saw the details of what happened, they would be shocked by it even more than they are. i think those videos should be shown. i'm not sure what the process for that is. but it's extraordinary to me, i think there's a lot of people who view this as, oh, it was a riot, things got out of hand and people were injured in a general melee of crowds. this was very personalized
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violence. it was individuals attacking individuals, protesters with stun guns beating up police officers and trying to kill people. >> on the hunt. on the hunt for constitutional officers in our democracy. the vice president, the speaker of the house. literally going through the halls of congress to find them was part of the plan here. those pictures, i get, anderson how traumatic they are for people. it is trauma to watch this violent attack on the very core of our democracy, and yet thoos members you're watching vote today, those that are vote for accountability and those who will vote against holding the president accountable, they're walking through these hallways, the national guardsmen there out in force in a way that we
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haven't seen before. they're walking through that and going on to the house floor, for the vast majority of republicans saying this is not something that the president is responsible for. this is not something he should be held accountable for. it's not terribly surprising. we've watched this for 5 1/2 years. it is still so shocking to the system. >> stand by even one. erin. >> so security is tight at the capitol ahead of the inauguration. we've been showing images of the national guard members. they're armed and handing out, as you can literally see here, guns to some of these national guard members. they are bracing for more extremist violence. what other measures are being taken? we have more details on that. plus, what we're learning about the arrest of a man seen at the insurrection wearing the camp auschwitz shirt. more on him next.
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fears are intensifying about what far right extremist groups might do between now and wednesday which is inauguration day. there are credible threats. we understand this. they include threats on the lives of the president-elect joe biden and the vice president-elect kamala harris. let's bring in brian todd. brian, can you go through what we're learning about the threats such that we do know because there hasn't been a lot of communication from law enforcement, and the plans they have to prevent anything from happening. >> reporter: erin, what we can tell you is we haven't seen levels of security since the days around 9/11 in the nation's capitol. i'll show you what we mean. we're at the southwest corner of the capitol grounds. this is eight-foot-high fencing
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erected since the rioting of last week. these are national guardsmen, just issued weapons. many are carrying semi-automatic rifles. they're ringing the entire grounds of the capitol. there are military policemen, police officers from many jurisdictions, the capitol hill police, the washington metropolitan police, again, ringing this area. they talk about layers of security. they'll have multiple layers, not only in intelligence but physical layers. look what we have here on independence avenue, a roadblock here right in front of us, another one a block beyond that with fencing going across the street. you've got squad cars in some sections of the city. you have dump trucks lining the streets blocking roads. over here you've got steel barriers up. vehicular traffic is completely shut off from this entire area of the city. and with some of the security has come a lot of tension in the capitol. we've reported that there have
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been magnetometers placed near the house floor that members of congress has had to go through. that's led to shouting matches, members of congress shouting at capitol hill police. as the tension ramps up, we're gearing up for possible protests. all of this, of course, because of the threats that cnn has learned about over the last few days. our reporting from intelligence sources, from fbi bulletins, that thousands of protests are planning to come here leading up to inauguration to possibly vountd the capitol, possibly surround the white house and other buildings. many of those protesters could be armed. we've gotten information that protesters plan to storm all 50 state capitols. if and when they do come to washington, d.c. if we're here, a crucial thing we'll be watching for is where will they be allowed to go? will they be separated from other protesters? are they going to be allowed to get within walking distance. we'll tell you, erin, you can't really walk in this area unless
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you have some kind of id saying you should be here. just foot traffic around here is highly restricted. a key worry among officials, members of congress and others, will some of the agitators, these extremists try to target soft targets? will they attack soft targets in and around this city, other cities as well. that's something we'll be watching for in the coming days. >> i guess the whole thing of you push the air out of a balloon, it goes somewhere else, the big question they have here. brian, thank you. everything you saw with brian, that incredible security you're seeing around the capitol itself in anticipation of more unrest comes as we're learning more here. shimon prokupecz is on capitol hill. you're learning that the man at last week's insurrection, the man wearing that camp auschwitz shirt specifically. a lot of people get the image in
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their head. they know this image. he has been arrested? >> reporter: that's right, erin. he was arrested this morning by the fbi in virginia. cnn was first to identify him, and really through crowd sourcing and talking to people who know him. his name is robert keith packer. he was arrested this morning by the fbi. of course, the fbi still working very hard to round up a lot of the people who stormed the capitol. there were more arrests today, they're continuing. there have been arrests in new york, arrests all across the country. i'm on the east side of the capitol. you heard brian talking about some of the fencing. behind me here is the supreme court, erin. you can see fencing that lines up all across second street northeast here. i want to show you this area here, this fencing here, this is normally open. this is a place where people who
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live in washington, d.c. can walk through. but you can see what happened here is they've pushed the perimeter even further back. this east side of the capitol, when you look straight ahead, is one of the areas that they attacked, the rioters, it was one of the areas they went up those steps and were able to get inside the capitol. you can see there's extra national guard trucks there as well as dozens, what appears to be dozens of national guard troops. and then on this side as well, erin, i want to take you to the side over here. there are also national guard troops on this side. they are not armed. you heard brian talk about armed national guard troops. we're not seeing it on this side. certainly we're seeing a lot of capitol police. but this goes for about a half a block or so here. the street otherwise is open. traffic is open, people have been coming here. we haven't seen any protesters. we've seen some people carrying
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signs saying impeach trump. but that's basically been it. relatively quiet and calm here. but there are a lot of national guard troops, a lot of police on this side as well, erin. >> all right, thank you very much shimon. anderson. as we await this vote it's important to note the threat to our nation is certainly not over. the fbi warning protesters currently planned at all 50 state capitols. lansing, michigan, which saw armed protesters entered the capitol less than a year ago confronting police, shouting down lawmakers, they are already making preparations in michigan. cnn national correspondent miguel marquez has reporting for us. how concerned are officials there about what might happen? >> reporter: they are very concerned, but at the same time they're not entirely sure how big it's going to be. this is the so-called stand up for liberty movement. it's meant to target all 50 state capitols in all the states. an armed and peaceful protest is
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what they're talking about. but authorities here are preparing for the absolute worst. here at the capitol in lansing where they do have extra reason to be concerned because in april there were individuals with long guns who went into the capitol. it was one of the few states in the country where it was legal to openly carry weapons in. they did. they occupied the capitol for quite some time. that was to go after the restrictions over covid-19. there were many protesters across the state over that. after the elections there were individuals that went to -- that were armed, that went to the secretary of state's house. the legislature now has barred the open carry of weapons in the capitol, but not concealed weapons. so that is a concern. the big question is what's going to play out. all of this was being discussed prior to january 6th. january 6th for the individuals who are sort of putting these
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protesters together, that has caused them some concern about how far they should go on sunday and through inauguration day. but here in michigan, they are certainly planning for possibly thousands of protesters, armed protesters. they plan to put up fencing around the capitol in the next couple days ahead of this expected march on sunday. they are planning for at least the next couple of weeks to keep much higher security presence here. the mayor of lansing has asked that the national guard be called in. the governor still weighing that. michigan state police right now in charge of security here, but certainly here in michigan, wisconsin, pennsylvania, georgia, arizona, those states that were at the center of the anger of the president and his followers, those are certainly places that authorities will be watching. anderson. >> miguel marquez, appreciate it. joined by michigan attorney general dana nestle, attorney
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general, thank you for being with us. we should also point out according to law enforcement, there was a conspiracy against the governor in michigan, an alleged plot to kill the governor, kidnap her and kill her. those individuals are now facing charges. how concerned are you about these upcoming events? >> honestly, i'm apoplectic about the situation because i'm so gravely concerned. i think it's important to remember that in terms of the siege that we saw at the capitol in lansing last april, that firstly, many of those ultimately were involved in the plat to kidnap and kill the governor and that an alternative plot they had was to take over the state capitol and to either bomb it or to execute people by firing squad. but then many of the people who were not arrested as part of the plot to kill the governor actually traveled to washington,
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d.c. so they were part of the events that took place at the capitol. so we're talking about the same people that were in d.c. that i expect to be back in lansing, and we have a state capitol that is simply not safe if you're going to continue to al law firearms. i don't know why it makes a difference how much security you have in there and how many state troopers you have or capitol police if you're allowed at will to bring firearms into the capitol as the legislature is meeting. it makes no sense to me. i'm very concerned about it. >> we should also point out that what happened at the state capitol there, you were sort of the canary in the coal mine. this was an early example of people with long guns targeting lawmakers, going into a capitol, getting in the face of police off officers. some of them had very nefarious intent beyond that.
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and the president of the united states at the time praised those people, having seen the images of them screaming at law enforcement, screaming at legislators, praised those people, encouraging that sort of behavior. >> i think michigan was definitely ground zero. i think it was a dry run and people saw how easy it was to essentially take over a state capitol building. and the lesson they drew away from that was why not try it at the nation's capitol. if we can do it in lansing, michigan, maybe we can do the same thing in washington, d.c., and they were right. >> many republicans today speaking on the house floor about the impeachment vote say it's only going to cause more division, only going to be -- this is a time for healing, this is not what should happen. there should be a bipartisan commission investigating security lapses at the capitol. i don't know why the argument has to be either/or. i'm wondering what you make of that warning though. >> well, i think it's important that people be held accountable
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when they violate the law. perhaps if we had held some of the people accountable in april of last year in their activities at the capitol. i saw many crimes committed and no arrests that i'm aware of, perhaps if they were held accountable then, they would president have been emboldened to do other things. i see the same thing with threats against public officials. when you don't hold people accountable, they feel impervious, that they can do anything. they continue to get bolder and stronger and more motivated to commit illegal acts. absolutely, i think the president ought to be held accountable. everyone who violates the law should be held accountable. >> michigan attorney general dana nessel. i appreciate your time. >> thanks for having me. a deleted video from a member of the insurrectionist mob. a maga organizer said he got help from sitting members of
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security is tightening on capitol hill. national guard troops were seen receiving weapons. outside the house chamber metal detectors have been installed. cnn's sunlen serfaty is at the
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capitol. some republican lawmakers were angry about the met tam detectors, refusing to obey capitol police. >> reporter: that's right, anderson. this is a security change many house republicans are furious about. when they put those new metal detectors outside the doors of the house last night, we did see a lot of house republicans either go around and deviate around those metal detectors or we saw them go straight through and set them off and had choice words for u.s. capitol police, making it clear they're unhappy with the security development. we know from our reporting, many house democrats have expressed concern to the security forces out here about those more outspoken members of congress. many of the new freshmen who have been very outspoken about their desire to be armed while up here on capitol hill. congressman bobart from california and hawthorne said when those riots broke out on
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capitol hill last week that he was actually armed when they did break out. bobart has promised that she intends to -- unclear if she has yet -- she intends to carry her glock on capitol hill. amid all the security questions about the rioters, you have members openly fighting between each other and openly fighting with the capitol police about these new security protocols. anderson, it certainly speaks to the increased tensions up here on capitol hill at this point. >> sunlen serfaty, thank you. as the country braces for the possibility of more violence, we're hearing from the man who organized last webbing's rally that turned into a deadly insurrection. drew griffin is with us now. you've done a lot of reporting on ali alexander and what he's done and the stop-the-steal movement. he's saying now he had hull from multiple republican lawmakers on capitol hill.
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>> this guy is a brag ger, made a business out of this. his bragging online could have three congressmen in big trouble. remember, the department of justice says not only is it investigating what happened inside the capitol, but the conspirators and instigators who may have started this whole thing. according to ali alexander, which you're about to hear in his own words, thee three congressmen were in on it all along. take a listen. >> i'm the guy who came up with the joe biden of january 6th talking with dr. goes sart, andy bigs and congressman mo brooks. it was to build momentum and pressure, and then on the day change hearts and minds of con congresspeople who weren't yet decided and saw everyone outside and said i can't be on the other side of that mob. >> congressman andy biggs is saying he never even remembers meeting ali alexander even
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though he did send a taped message to one of alexander's stop the steal rallies. mo brooks facing a lot of heat at home and possible censure saying his words at that rally about going down to the capitol and kicking ass were somehow taken out of context. paul gossar, louisiana of arizona, he won't say anything to us. he has just got a string of tweets that show in the weeks after the election and leading up to january 6th, he appears to be in constant touch with ali alexander at rallies and talking about joining him for the january 6th. i think all of this will be investigated at least by the house ethics committee if not by the department of justice itself. >> incredibly serious allegations here. drew griffin, thank you very much. back with me, let me go straight to former congressman
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charlie dent. charlie, you heard ali alexander, proof that they interacted with him, certainly in the case of mr. gosar and the others. it seems it's going to be hard for them to say it didn't happen. what do you make of that. >> well, it seems to me those three members of congress are going to need to lawyer up very fast. they will likely have -- be interviewed by department of justice officials or the fbi. i was a former chair of the ethics committee. no doubt they will be investigated by the ethics committee and they could be sanctioned for bringing discredit upon the house and various other charges. i think they're going to be under tremendous pre sure to resign, quite frankly. that's where this is going. if they in any way were part of a conspiracy to assist this mob that really attempted to undermine the constitutional order and disrupt the peaceful transfer of power, this is a moral crime against the republic
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that has been committed, and i think these members are probably real anxious right now. >> it is incredible when you see this and certainly the words of mo brooks. it is stunning to hear him say they were taken out of context. you can look at the context around what he said. he said what he said. nia, this comes as president trump himself -- we're seeing this fight right now of what are they more afraid of, anti-trumpism or trumpism on capitol hill for republicans today. yet trump himself has been -- the emperor has no clothes would be the polite way of saying it. he has become untouchable for so many, completely untouchable. even here in new york they're trying to strip all the business con contacts. he's lost his pga contract. sources saying he may be about to declare bankruptcy when all of this is done. >> that's right. you saw his involvement in
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georgia completely backfire against republicans. this is one of the reasons mitch mcconnell is done with him, because he cost mitch mcconnell his leadership position in the senate. but yet still you have folks, particularly in the house, who do see that he is still a very powerful person in the republican party in the country, that he does have millions and millions of followers who he has brainwashed. we should also note that these are primarily white men who we saw march on the capitol there. they are disgruntled and afraid of a kind of new america where there are people who are black and brown increasingly showing not only sort of demographic shifts, but also power at the ballot as well. i do think if this were a different kind of group of people, if they were black, if they were brown, if they were
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from a foreign country, everyone would be having a different conversation. certainly republicans would be. if you can imagine those people were a group of black men, i'm sure those republicans would be talking about black culture, where is obama, where are the black leaders? what about the absent black fathers? here, sort of the full tour and the whiteness of these protesters is completely invisible in much of the conversation that we're having, and we also know that white supremacists and white nationalism is the big domestic terror threat this country faces. these folks can talk about process here. they can ignore this larger threat that is looming that they saw. but at some point they're going to have to really get down to business, certainly in this incoming biden administration. this idea of how do you go after right wing terrorists, but also sort of not alienate much of the country. david, in the context of what we're hearing, drew's
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reporting on ali alexander, representatives gosar, biggs and brooks. you have taylor saying trump will remain in office. jim jordan just said liz cheney needs to be removed from her leadership commission. this is an incredible thing. this is not saying i'm afraid my family could be in danger if i stand up for the truth. this is very different. this is, as you said earlier, taking what the president said literally and fighting to the death for him. >> that's exactly right. i'm very interesting in everything nia just said because it's so important. we've also seen this before. in the '90s, i covered the trial of timothy mcveigh, the oklahoma city bomber. and from whence he sprang, this
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militia-based right wing extremism that was primarily geared toward the federal government, anti brady bill for gun restrictions. a lot of similarities in the mob insurrection last week. the republican party has to decide what it wants to be and it has to stop saying, oh, that mob, they weren't republicans. here is the reality. they love trump, and why do they love trump? because trump spoke to them, he plate footsie with them. he sent them signals. he wouldn't denounce them. that's the fact, that a presidency built on nursing grievances among those white men who cannot handle a loss of power or the changing of am america, he courted that group and agreed with them about immigration and brown people coming across the border that he warned about and that mexicans are rapists and on and on and
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on, all that vitriol. now there is a choice for republicans. mature leaders, ebbs experienced leaders, real leaders who will do something that's unpopular because it's right, like a liz cheney and a mitt romney have to find common cause with other conservatives who want to rebuild that party and leave behind what is a populist, extremist wing that has been led by donald trump. that's what propelled it. >> you see lieutenant governor george duncan, there are those people around the country. they're not the loudest voices and not the majority from the republican party on capitol hill. jamie, you have new reporting on that. >> just to david's point, a republican source said to me that what we're seeing is the split of the republican party. let's see who wins. the source said this is someone
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who is familiar with mitch mcconnell and the reporting we've been getting for the last 24 hours, that he is in favor of impeachment. the source said unlike kevin mccarthy, who is on the house side, mitch mcconnell doesn't think trump will just fade away. he thinks the party needs to make a clean break to save itself. to the point about process, i also heard from another republican who was pushing back on republican house members saying this is going too fast. this member said to me that saying it's rushed is, quote, a lame excuse. this is not about process. we know what happened. we were there. we saw it. we were the targets of it. just to go back to what david said and what nia-malika said, the question is, how many people
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are going to stand with the liz cheneys, the mitt romneys, and let's see what mitch mcconnell does in the end. he has leaked this information to reporters, but he hasn't gone on the record. he is right, in terms of his final decision. thank you all very much. and in moments the critical debate on the article of impeachment itself is set to begin. and you're going to see it all live here. you're watching our special live coverage. stay with us. next wednesday, live on cnn, the inauguration of president joe biden and vice president kamala harris, special live coverage next wednesday sponsored by the new cnn original series "lincoln -- divided we stand" on cnn.
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right now as lawmakers are set to vote on whether to impeach president trump for a second time, security has ramped up across washington in anticipation more protests in the coming days. cnn's alex marquardt is on capitol hill. what are you seeing this morning? >> reporter: anderson, it is significantly beefed up. we are on the western side of the capitol. this is where many of the events
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started last week. this is that 8-foot-tall steel fencing that we have seen elsewhere in d.c. earlier in the past year after the -- yurg the george floyd protest. what we're looking at now is part of the national guard contingent that is going to come out to protect the city, protect the capitol before and around the inauguration. now the pentagon has said that they will be primarily focused on the u.s. capitol grounds and that they will be armed, which is a change. anderson, up to 15,000 national guard troops are going to be mobilized ahead of the inauguration. and actually now we're hearing from the acting chief of police in washington saying that number could actually be as high as 20,000. these troops that we're seeing out here today, they are alongside u.s. capitol police as well as secret service. we know, anderson, that there are groups, armed groups who would like to come here and protest in the coming days and
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around the inauguration. and that is what they are trying to prevent, not just here in d.c. but according to the fbi across the country. so there is going to be an extremely complicated coordination between all these different law enforcement bodies to essentially turn this area, turn this city into a fortress so that if anybody has any ideas, thinking about carrying out any sort of violence, that they think again. anderson? >> alex marquardt, appreciate it tshs thanks very much. presidential historian joins our coverage right now. tim, as we wait to see the debate now on impeachment itself this afternoon, what stands out to you from what you've heard so far? >> this is a clarifying moment for our country. the world is watching just as are most americans who are traumatized by the events of january 6th and remain concerned about the clear and present danger to our constitution and
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to our liberty. historically it met fear not by running away from it but by confronting it. this is a time for congress to break the fever in this country by making clear that the chief demagogue of the mob acted unconstitutionally. the chief demagogue is the president. and under our constitution, the appropriate measure at this moment is impeachment. impeachment would be an act of healing. it would be a step towards the deradicalization of the republican party, which, at the moment faces the prospect of being our country's anti-democratic party. so, this is a moment for courage. this is not a moment to play politics or to try to gain the system. that's why congresswoman liz cheney, i suspected what she did, that's why we're hearing that other republicans plan to join with the democrats. this is a moment for healing, which means bipartisanship
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against chaos and unconstitutional -- >> ross, not clear how many republicans will actually go along with this. but as somebody who has studied impeachment and is an expert on this, what are you going to be looking for? what should our viewers keep in mind on this historic day? >> yeah. i haven't just studied them. i've represented lots of public officials. i've probably been involved in more impeachments than any lawyer in history. and what i'm looking for -- tim's comments reminded me of our discussions, his and mine, during the first impeachment process. tim appeals to kind of our better angels. but, unfortunately, politics is politics. and so here's among the things i'm watching for. number one is what is the final number of republicans who vote in favor of impeachment? the first impeachment process, zero republicans supported impeachment. now we are going to have more
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than that but how many? and so how many of a divide will there be in the republican party? so that's one thing. second thing is, you know who we haven't heard much from is any official with the white house on this impeachment process. the white house counsel unless he said something in the past few minutes, has been completely absent. that is extraordinary for an impeachment process during clinton, during nixon, and during the first impeachment white house counsel took on a very, very active role. third, i'm looking to see whether we hear anything official from mitch mcconnell, number one, on when the senate will come in and, number two, what his position on conviction will be. and, finally, and a big one, do we hear from the president? what does the president come out and say? we know the president will be impeached today. it's an historic impeachment process. but there are a lot of questions going forward. >> yeah, and a lot of questions still to be answered. we will get some answers as we
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see the debate start to take place. right now they are voting on rules. that's what you are seeing on the right-hand side of your screen that the vote is underway, given covid restrictions it takes longer than normal. i want to thank everybody for our coverage this morning. special coverage continues right now with wolf blitzer and jake tapper. ♪ looking at live pictures from the u.s. capitol right now. the house of representatives taking truly unprecedented action aimed at holding president trump accountable for the deadly domestic terror attack there exactly one week ago. we want to welcome our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer in washington with cnn special coverage. we are witnessing something never seen in the history of this country until now. donald j. trump on the brink of becoming the first and only
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president of the united states to be impeached twice. we're standing by for a debate on a single article of impeachment charging president trump with incitement of insurrection. house members returning to the chamber where they took cover and then fled for their lives when pro-trump rioters stormed in, egged on by the president. the house speaker nancy pelosi is moving toward a quick vote in the hours ahead. confident there is enough support to decisively impeach president trump again. this time democrats will be joined by at least five republicans and likely more, including the third ranking gop representative liz cheney. she says no president has ever committed a greater betrayal of his oath and office. all of this is playing out as law enforcement is on high alert for the possibility of new attacks in the seven days left until trump's presidency ends
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and president-elect joe biden is inaugurated. let's go to my colleague jake tapper. he's got more. >> it is a solemn and grim day here in the nation's capitol where it feels like an occupying force is taking control because of the fears that the president's own supporters will stage terrorist attacks, more terrorist attacks. and while it is true no president has ever been impeached twice, it is also true that no president of the united states has ever incited a domestic terrorist attack on the u.s. capitol. it is a grim day, it is a day of accountability. and i think one of the big questions going forward is what about the other people that were part of this? this is a day where we're focusing on accountability for president trump. but what about all the other people who fed the lies? what about all the other members of congress who incited the crowd? there is now an investigation that is supposed to be going forth as to whether or not members of congress, republican members of congress, conducted reconnaissance with some of the
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attackers. it is a really, really ugly set of events. >> it is. and because of everything you just said, the security at the capitol and around this capitol city is nothing like i have seen really since post-9/11. i mean, just to see the images that our colleagues on capitol hill captured, you see them there, of national guard troops just sleeping and resting in the capitol to protect the capitol in a way that it wasn't one week ago today to protect the members even those who, as you said, enabled this, is not something that i can believe. and when you think about it, jake and abby, this is to protect the country not from a threat like we saw in 2001 with osama bin laden, it's to protect from a president of the united states and his enablers
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radicalizing americans to harm the people elected to serve. >> it's coming from inside the house. and in so many ways, we can't forget that this is happening just days before we are supposed to have a transition of power. this feeling of unies in washington, this feeling of distrust among members of congress, they can't even trust each other to be in the same workplace, this feeling of the country being sort of under siege from itself. the fbi scrambling to find the people who were a part of this plot to riot and to try to stop the government from operating. it's happening on the eve of a transition of power. and i think that we can say at this point that we've been talking about a peaceful transfer of power for many, many months now in a theoretical way because we've never really had to test it. and i think for the first time we are facing the prospect that that principle has already been
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violated. it was violated last week when there was violence on the capitol. now we are bracing ourselves for what could happen in just a few days. and it's a really said moment for this country in addition to the other history that is being made here today. but the impeachment proceedings that we are about to see are happening, as you said, jake, not just because president trump. it's historic not just because president trump is being impeached a second time. it's because of why he is being impeached. never has a president on the eve of his exit from office created such an environment in washington, created such danger for another branch of government. and that is why we are here today. >> i saw a statement from senator tim scott, republican of south carolina, saying that president trump has promised there will be an orderly and peaceful transition of power. and i read that, and i was, like, that ship has sailed. we have been denied an orderly and peaceful transition of power. there are now five people dead
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that day, two subsequent suicides, one from a capitol police officer. and, dana, just one other note. i worked on capitol hill on september 12th, 2001. and everybody was scared, but the show of force was not like what you're seeing there. there are many, many more national guardsmen in the capitol today than i recall there being on september 12th, 2001. >> you're exactly right. and i know we're going to go over to wolf. but what we expect to see when it comes to the military force by inauguration is going to be more here in washington than in iraq and afghanistan. >> that's because the threats, in many ways, are from house republicans and senate republicans who have incited this riot and also been spreading these lies. and there are fears of even worse complicity. wolf? >> i was up on capitol hill earlier this morning, and i saw those national guard troops fully armed right now bracing, god forbid, for the worst. we'll have much more on that coming up. i want to go to manu raju who is
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covering this for us on capitol hill. the impeachment resolution. >> reporter: it will be a bipartisan majority in the house that will impeach donald trump on the charge of incitement of an insurrection, the second time donald trump will be impeached, the first time in american history that has happened on multiple occasions to a sitting president. there are only three who have been impeached in american history, donald trump being one of the three. and we expect republican defections to grow. they expect possibly around a dozen republicans to break ranks. that's the expectation at the moment. no one knows exactly for sure because republican leaders are doing something they did not do back in 2019. they're allowing the members to vote their conscience. they're not pressuring their members to fall in line with donald trump as the party is badly divided. now the division is playing out all throughout the hallways. i've talked to multiple members who are angry at one another
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about how they have handled things, people who have tried to side with donald trump and overturn the elections, congress men like jim jordan and paul gosar who tried to throw out the electoral votes last week, despite what happened on capitol hill with that violent mob. they are calling for the removal of liz cheney, the number three republican who is serving right now as the conference chair of the republican conference. they want her out because she supports impeaching the president. now, other republicans say that they are not concerned about the backlash that they might receive from the right. one congresswoman who plans to vote to impeach, congresswoman jamie herrera butler just talked to me moments ago. i asked her if she has any concerns about the backlash she may get for her vote back home. she says, quote, i am not in fear at all. she says the decision was not a fear-based decision. she called this the most consequential vote i've ever taken as a member, and expect her to go to the floor some time this afternoon and make her
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remarks about why she is breaking ranks, siding with democrats, to impeach this president. at the same time other republicans may break ranks. pete meijer is considering to vote to impeach donald trump. i said are you concerned about the backlash from the right? he said time will tell. so, wolf, we are seeing a republican party badly splintered here, some siding with donald trump, others pointing fingers. and then we'll see what happens when it gets to the senate. will they convict and prevent donald trump from ever holding office again? >> truly an historic day in the united states. kaitlan collins is over at the white house watching all of this unfold. kaitlan, what are you hearing over there? what are you seeing? >> there's a sense developing that the president has severely underestimated the level of anger that exists among republicans in the senate so far. and we're told that the president is upset about what's been going on but not in the lens of he didn't realize this but just that the president was
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not expecting this in the sense of what you are seeing from mcconnell, from people like liz cheney coming out, not only saying that she's going to vote to impeach the president trump but saying that he betrayed the oath of office as president. this is coming on a day where the president is about to be impeached for the second time. he is the only president to ever have that under his list of accomplishments or attributes, i guess as you would put it. but he has no public appearances scheduled. the president is basically invisible today. currently we are not expecting any kind of a public remark from him. this comes as behind the scenes there is also no legal strategy, at least no comprehensive one that has been developed so far for what they are going to be doing about the senate trial if this comes to fruition and if it looks like the president could potentially be convicted by members of his own party. and so he's talked about alan dershowitz, rudy giuliani representing him. but we've spoken to several people behind the scenes. they say there is no skrag going on here, no real legal team that has been put. so it's not clear exactly how
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the white house is going to pursue this. because this comes at a time when a lot of senior aides are checking out. this is their last weeks on the job. a lot of cabinet secretaries have been avoiding the president. and the ultimate way that we typically hear from the president is on social media. and right now he can't do that given that he has been suspended in some form or fashion from twitter, facebook, and now even youtube. we are told there is an internal divide over how to handle that and that jared kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, is one person who intervened in an effort by other officials like the president's personnel chief to get him on fringe social media platforms. ones like gab, which is where you see extremists often go when they've been blocked from social media platforms. they tried to get the president on there so he could have some kind of voice online. but i'm told that jared kushner has blocked that. so far he's been successful. and it's not clear whether or not that's going to remain the case. but it is striking that we are not hearing from the president at all given the last time he was impeached he held a campaign
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rally in michigan. he said it didn't feel like he was being impeached and he talked about that unity in the republican party. and of course as manu just laid out, we are seeing none of that unity in the republican party today as members of the president's own party are preparing to impeach him and potentially convict him in the senate. >> so many of these republicans are running away from president trump as quickly as they possibly can. we'll get back to you, kaitlan, john king is here with me right now. this resolution specifically states, john, that the president of the united states has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the constitution if allowed to remain in office. >> and so it's important to just pause and consider the awesome and in some ways troubling history of this day, but important history of this day. the democrats feel when republicans stand up and say this is being rushed, they are right. when they say it's a different process, they are right. the democrats feel they have no choice because a week ago the president of the united states told his supporters go to that capitol, find the weak congressmen, be strong, do this.
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and so the democrats say they have every right and every reason. and the history of this day is unmistakable. we covered the clinton white house when bill clinton was impeached and we thought we would never see another one. this is two for donald trump. there's nothing he can do to erase this. he will twice be impeached. and this impeachment today for what? for inciting his supporters to attack his government, to attack his government because the american people voted for somebody else. you can not say that enough of what this is about, whether you agree with it, whether you disagree with it, what it is about, the president's own words. he sent his supporters up there. he said he would go with them. of course he didn't. to go up to that capitol. at that part the historic stain on trump is critical. i also think as this as we're writing the final chapter of the trump term, we're also writing a beginning chapter of the future of the republican party. and this is a day of choosing. this is a day of choosing for jim jordan and paul gosar to say liz cheney must go because she says the president should be
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impeached. so two men who helped the president, two men among 140 in the house, 138 or so who voted even after the riots to support the president's lie, they said she should go. they have to choose about their future. no one man can perpetuate a fraud and can perpetuate a lie, not even the president of the united states, not even this president with his previous platform on social media. they gave him the echo chamber for two months after the election. that day last week would not have happened if republicans had stood up to the president after the election, after he had a chance, go to court, ask for re-counts, exhaust all your legal and legitimate options. once that was over, the republican party had an obligation to stand up to him, and it didn't. that's why we are here today. so it's not just about the president. it's about the future of the party. and the future of our political discourse. in some ways truth is winning in. some ways facts is winning. but there are a lot of open raw wounds. today will be part of that
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process, but i have giant questions for the republicans. and as the house votes first, i do think mitch mcconnell has leaked out word that he's unhappy, that he believes this helps hold the president accountable. for those in the house who finally have the courage to stand up and vote yes, the question is how much cover will they get in the senate. >> it's a dramatic moment. because not only did he and his campaign go to various courts, local courts. they went to the supreme court where the president himself had appointed three of the nine justices, and they said the arguments that they were putting forward did not have standing. >> and, again, think about what has happened in this town the last four years. people, elected republicans, organizations in town, interest groups in town who, if you read their admission statements they stay they are law and order republicans, are based on law and order. they said it was critical to name all these trump judges to the courts to get around democrats in the legislatures. well, it is the courts who told them go away. they appealed. more than 60 decisions, go away.
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there's a process we have to have rules and order in a process to litigate your grievances. the president did that. he was told no. he was laughed at by judges including judges he appointed because his people came into court with nothing. they didn't prove anything because there was no widespread fraud. so the responsibility of leadership then is not to lie to your supporters. it's to tell them we lost and let's organize for the next election, not to lie to them. and, again, the president lied to his supporters repeatedly, repeatedly. and he had a lot of help. i think that's what today's about. it is the president who is the subject of this one article of impeachment, but those who supported him in these lies, there's history here too. the republican party has invited the qanon conspiracy theory now into its membership in the house. will they continue that? that's another question. >> this rules resolution, a procedural moment clearly has passed. 217, that's what they need right now because of a couple house vacancies and the debate momentarily, the actual impeachment debate is about to begin within the next few
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minutes. jamie gangel is watching all of this. the huge difference this time as opposed to the first time the president, jamie, was impeached is that republicans, at least, will join with the democrats. >> no question about it. we've heard from i think it's five now, but manu had mentioned someone else. i was told by a republican source they are expecting ten to 20 to vote for impeachment. that is completely different. there were no republicans a year ago. but i just want to, you know, follow up with what john king just said about courage. liz cheney, these republicans who have announced, they are showing courage at the same time as i have been told by republican sources that members, republican members have said they are not going to vote for impeachment because they are still scared of donald trump. i just want to read you a quote. i was told that the white house
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is continuing to pressure these members that trump has not stopped and that members, quote, fear for their lives and for their families' lives. after what we saw january 6th a week later, that says a lot that the white house is still pressuring people. and just to follow up on mitch mcconnell, he is deliberately being quiet. he is leaking out this information that he favors impeachment. let's see what he does at the end of the day. but the fact that he leaked out to reporters that he wants to move in this direction shows a split with donald trump, a split in the republican party. i was told that unlike kevin mccarthy who thinks trump may just fade away, that mitch mcconnell thinks that the
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republican party needs a clean break to move ahead, wolf. >> and the fact that we're hearing that mitch mcconnell actually -- this is what we're hearing from sources, hates the president of the united states and probably never wants to speak with him again, that is extraordinary, extraordinary indeed. delauren fox is up on capitol hill watching all of this history unfold. what are you learning? >> i think this is really a moment for the republican party to reckon with how they move forward. and i am told from multiple aides and members that i'm talking with that essentially what they view as this first step is in the house of representatives, this is an opportunity for some members to really set the course for where they think the party should go. i think that's what you're seeing with liz cheney who came out last night with that forceful statement saying that she thinks president trump not only deserved to be impeached but that he had really been the entire reason why we saw that siege on the capitol last week. i think we're going to see up to
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maybe a dozen members is what i'm hearing from both republican and democratic aides. republican members voting to impeach trump in the house of representatives. but that's far from a majority of the conference. remember, president trump has always had a stronghold on republicans in the house. they were some of the first members to support him, to back his campaign. now, i think what we're going to start to see in the senate is there is some room for republican members to make up their own minds. that's what mcconnell is doing here. hears not sending any message that he's going to rush the senate back for a trial right now. what he's doing is making it clear to his members that it is up to them to make a decision. he is not standing by trump. it is not going to be a front to him if members decide that they think president trump needs to be convicted when this comes up for a trial in the senate, a reminder of course that takes two-thirds, which means you need 17 republican senators. we just haven't seen that kind of number yet, wolf. >> it's going to be a 50/50
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matchup in the senate with the democrats taking the white house, the vice president kamala harris will be the president of the senate and she'll break ties so the democrats are the majority after january 20th. manu raju, you're back. you're getting some more information on the senate majority still technically the senate majority leader until january 20th, on his thinking. what are you hearing? >> yeah. he's actually not saying when the trial will actually begin. mitch mcconnell, the senate majority leader, has not informed his members. whether there's been a change in his approach, change in his thinking since he sent a memo a few days ago suggesting that the trial would start in the new biden administration probably on the 20th, january 20th, january 21st that day. now, since then, chuck schumer, the senate democratic leader who will be the majority leader come january 20th, has demanded that the two mcconnell and schumer agree to have -- agree to actually bring the senate back early to have the senate trial. mcconnell is not saying one way or the other if they will actually agree to an early
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senate trial, wolf. that is raising the possibility of potentially, we'll see, if he decides to bring all the members back because they have not formerly taken that off the table. there is speculation that presumably a trial could begin in the next few days. we don't know if that's the case. but as mcconnell has made it clear privately that he believes the president has committed impeachable offenses and as the house democrats plan to send over an article of impeachment tonight, presumably the trial could move quickly if mcconnell agrees. the big question in the hours to come, will mitch mcconnell agree to bring the senate back early, have a trial, potentially convict donald trump before he leaves office, which would be such an unprecedented and dramatic moment. we could get there, we'll see. at the moment mcconnell's keeping quiet, wolf. >> these are really, really amazing moments that we're watching unfold on this historic
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day. pamela brown is watching the security situation here in the nation's capitol. pamela, i would around d.c. just before coming here to our studio. and i saw armed u.s. military personnel on regular street corners, not just outside the capitol hill as we're seeing right there. but on regular street corners, something that i would often see when i would be in baghdad or mosul. what are you learning about these 15,000 u.s. troops armed who are heading to washington? >> we are told this is coming from the d.c. police chief that there could be more than 20,000 u.s. national guard on the inauguration, for the inauguration of president-elect joe biden. that right now is part of the planning that they're working on. so this scene that we're seeing right now on capitol hill outside of the building and even you saw those national guards sleeping on the floor inside the capitol building. we are expecting them to be a
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large portion of them to be here around inauguration, again, more than 20,000. and this is an extraordinary number. the d.c. police chief said, for context, he has never seen a level like this before. but clearly they don't want to take any chances after the insurrection we saw last wednesday and the threats that are coming into law enforcement. this is what the d.c. police chief said. he said they are doing this amid a major security threat. there is a lot of concern in law enforcement about extremists planning more protests through the inauguration. and that is why we are seeing security beefed up today and through the inauguration. >> seven days left. then trump becomes the former president, biden becomes the president of the united states. jake, as i keep saying, these are amazing, amazing moments we're watching. >> yeah, amazing and hideous, just stunning what we're seeing tens of thousands of national guards troops coming to the washington. let's listen?
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>> in the name of itself and of the people of the united states of america against donald john trump, president of the united states of america. and maintenance and support of this impeachment against him for high crimes and misdemeanors. article i, incitement of insurrection. the constitution provides that the house of representatives shall have the sole power of impeachment and that the president shall be removed from office on impeachment for and conviction of treason, bribery, or other crimes and misdemeanors. further, section iii prohibits any person who is engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the united states from holding any office under the united states in his conduct while president of the united states and in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of the president of the united states and to the best of his ability preserve, protect, and defend the constitution of the united
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states and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, donald john trump engaged in high crimes and misdemeanors by inciting violence against the government of the united states and that on january 6th, 2021, pursuant to the 12th amendment to the constitution of the united states, the vice president of the united states, the house of representatives and the senate met at the united states capitol for a joint session of congress to count the votes of the electoral college and the much preceding the joint session, president trump repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the presidential election results were the product of widespread fraud and should not be accepted by the american people or certified by state or federal officials. shortly before the joint session commenced, president trump addressed a crowd in washington d.c. there he reiterated false claims that we won this election and we
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won it by a landslide. he also willfully made statements that in context encouraged and foreseeably resulted in lawless action at the capitol, such as if you don't fight like hell, we're not going to have a country anymore. thus incited by president trump, members of the crowd he had addressed in an attempt to, among other objectives, interfere with the joint sessions solemn constitutional duty to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election, unlawfully breached and vandalized the capitol, injured and killed law enforcement personnel, and congressional personnel and engaged in other violent, deadly, destructive, and sedatious acts. president trump's conduct on january 6th, 2021, followed his prior efforts to subvert and obstruct the certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election. those prior efforts included a phone call on january 2nd, 2021,
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during which president trump urged the secretary of state of georgia brad raffensperger to find enough votes to overturn the georgia presidential election results and threatened secretary raffensperger if he failed to do so. in all of this, president trump gravely endangered the security of the united states and its institutions of government. he threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power and imperilled a co-equal branch of government. he thereby betrayed his trust of president as the manifest injury of the people of the united states. wherefore donald john trump has remained a threat to the american democracy and constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law. donald john trump thus warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and
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disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, under the united states. >> the resolution shall be debatable for two hours. equally controlled by the chair and the ranking minority member of the committee on the judiciary. the gentleman from new york mr. nadler and the gentleman from ohio mr. jordan will each control one hour. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. nadler. >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to advise and extend their remarks and extraneous material on 224. >> without objection. >> madam speaker, i yield one minute to the distinguished speaker of the house, the gentlelady from california, ms. pelosi. >> the gentlewoman from california is yielded one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding and for his leadership. madam speaker and his annual
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address to our predecessors in congress in 1862, president abraham lincoln spoke of the duty of the patriot in an hour of decisive crisis for the american people. fellow citizens, he said, we cannot escape history, we will be remembered in spite of ourselves. no personal significance or insignificance can spare one or another of us. the fiery trial will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation. even we here, he said, hold the power and bear the responsibility. in the bible, st. paul wrote, think on these things. we must think on what lincoln told us.
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we, even here, even us here, hold the power and bear the responsibility. we, you and i, hold and trust the power that derives most directly from the people of the united states. and we bear the responsibility to fill that oath that we all swear before god and before one another. the oath to defend the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help us god. we know that we faced enemies of the constitution. we know we experience the insurrection that violated the sanctity of the people's capitol and attempted to overturn the duly recorded will of the american people. and we know that the president of the united states incited this insurrection, disarmed rebellion against our common country. he must go, he is a clear and present danger to the nation
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that we all love. since the presidential election in november, an election the repeatedly held -- lied about the outcome, self-serving doubt about democracy and unconstitutionally sought to influence state officials to repeal reality. and then came that day of fire we all experienced. the president must be impeached. and i believe the president must be convicted by the senate, a constitutional remedy that will ensure that the republic will be safe from this man who is so resolutely determined to tear down the things that we hold dear and that hold us together. it gives me no pleasure to say this, it breaks my heart, it should break your heart, it should break all of our hearts for your presence in this hallowed chamber is testament to
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your love for our country, for america, and to your faith and the work of our founders to create a more perfect union. those insurrectionists were not patriots. they were not part of a political base to be catered to and managed. they were domestic terrorists and justice must prevail. but they did not appear out of a vacuum. they were sent here, sent here by the president with words such as "a cry to fight like hell." words matter. truth matters. accountability matters. and the president saw the i insurrectionists not as a foe to freedom, but a goal to his personally clinging to power. the goal thwarting the will of
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the people, the goal of ending in a fiery and bloody clash, nearly two and a half centuries of our democracy. this is not theoretical. and this is not motivated bipartisanship. i stand before you today as an officer of the constitution as speaker of the house of representatives. i stand before you as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a daughter, a daughter whose father proudly served in this congress, thomas delsandro jr. from maryland, one of the first italian-americans to serve in the congress. and i stand here before you today as a noblist of things, a citizen of the united states of america. with my voice and my vote with a plea to all of you, democrats and republicans, i ask you to search your souls and answer these questions. is the president's war on democracy in keeping with the
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constitution? were his words insurrectionary mob of high crime and misdemeanor? do we not have the duty to protect our nation and our democracy from the appetites and ambitions of a man who has self-evidently demonstrated that he is a vital threat to liberty, to self-government, and to the rule of law? our country is divided, we all know that. there are lies abroad in the land spread by a desperate president who feels his power slipping away. we know that, too. but i know this as well, that we here in this house have a sacred obligation to stand for truth, to stand up for the constitution, to stand as guardians of the republic. in a speech he was prepared to
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give in dallas on friday, november 22nd, 1963, president john f. kennedy was to say, we in this country in this generation are by destiny rather than choice the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. we ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility that we may be worthy. president kennedy was assassinated before he could deliver those words to the nation. but they resonate more even now. and our time in this place. let us be worthy of our power and responsibility that what lincoln thought was the world's last best hope, the united states of america may long survive. my fellow members, my fellow americans, we cannot escape history. let us embrace our duty, fulfill
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our oath, and honor the trust of our nation. and we pray that god will continue to bless america. i thank you. i yield back. >> the gentleman from new york reserves. >> the gentleman of ohio is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. 19 minutes. 19 minutes, four years ago on inauguration day, january 20tht p.m. "the washington post" headline was "campaign to impeach president trump has begun." and now with just one week left, they're still trying. in seven days there will be a peaceful transfer of power just like there has been every other time in our country, but democrats are going to impeach president trump again. this doesn't unite the country.
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there is no way this helps the nation deal with the tragic and terrible events of last week that we all condemn. and republicans have been consistent. we have condemned all the violence all the time. we condemned it last summer. we condemned it last week. we should be focused on bringing the nation together. instead, democrats are going to impeach the president for a second time one week, one week before he leaves office. why? why? politics and the fact that they want to cancel the president. the president who cut taxes, the president who reduced regulations, the president prior to covid had the greatest economy, lowest unemployment in 50 years. got us out of the iran deal, brought hostages home from north korea, put three great justices on the supreme court, gave us a new nafta agreement, the abraham accords, the covid vaccine, and who built the wall. it's about politics. this is about getting the
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president of the united states a spot on his campaign before he was elected 19 minutes into his presidency they started the impeachment push, three-year mueller investigation, 19 lawyers, 40 agents, 500 witnesses, $40 million to find nothing. impeachment round one based on an anonymous whistle-blower with no first-hand knowledge who was bias against the president and who worked for joe biden. and now it's impeachment round two. it's always been about getting the president no matter what. it's an obsession, an obsession that is now broadened. it's not just about impeachment anymore. it's about canceling. canceling the president and anyone that disagrees with them. the ayatollah can tweet, the president can't. democrats can object on january 6th, 2016, but republicans aren't allowed to object on january 6th, 2021. democrats say antifa's a myth, republicans condemn all violence
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all the time. the double standard has to stop. and frankly the attack on the first amendment has to stop. stop and think about it. do you have a functioning first amendment when the cancel culture only allows one side to talk? when you can't even have a debate in this country, this country, the greatest country ever? it needs to stop because if it continues, if it continues it won't just be republicans who get canceled, it won't just be the president of the united states. the cancel culture will come for us all. >> right. >> america's a great country. the greatest country ever. it seems to me that we need to think about how great the people of this nation really are. think about what we've accomplished in the past and begin to come together as leaders who represent so many great folks across our districts. think about this. think about this. in 1903 kitty hawk, north
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carolina, two guys fly this thing they call a plane a hundred feet. barely got off the ground. barely got off the ground. amazing thing. 44 years later chuck yaeger breaks the sound barier. in 44 years we go from two guys flying a contraption a few hundred feet to chuck yaeger breaking the sound barrier. and 22 years after that another american steps on the moon. think about it. in one lifetime in 66 years, two guys flying a hundred feet to putting a man on the moon. that's what this country is capable of. that's what we can do. and we as the congress who represent the people who did that should start leading, should start understanding what really is going on here. so i hope, i hope we defeat this. i hope we can begin to come together and recognize the greatness of the american people and focus on the things they
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want us to focus on. i yield back our time. >> gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker, i yield myself three minutes. >> the gentleman from new york is recognized for three minutes. >> madam speaker, we all saw it coming. months in advance, president trump was baselessly and deliberately whipping his supporters into a frenzy. weeks before the riot, he used his bully pulpit to spread lies about the election. he told his supporters that the results were fraudulent. he implored them again and again to help him stay in power. and he convinced them that accepting the outcome of the election posed an existential threat to their families and their freedoms. we have a duty to observe, madam speaker, that racism played a direct role in this incitement. the president's violent rhetoric is always at its most fevered pitch when he is talking about
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the civil rights and civic aspirations of black americans and other minority communities. on january 6th at a rally that was large, angry, and widely reported to be armed, the president's lies and violent rhetoric reached their crescendo. at that rally the president took the stage. after reiterating the falsehood that we won this election and we won it by a landslide, he told the crowd that if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore. then he urged the mob to walk down pennsylvania avenue to prevent the congress from confirming the election of an illegitimate president. on that day, president trump unleashed the force of a mob on this the people's house. he encouraged that attack with the explicit intent to disrupt the joint session of congress, an attack that threatened the safety of the vice president, the speaker of the house, and
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the president pro tem of the senate, the next three officers in the line of succession, and look at what that violence has wrought. at least six dead, offices ransacked, the sanctity of our capitol breached for the first time in two centuries. our hallways littered with broken glass, the battle flags of a long dead confederacy and the debris we have come to associate with the trump campaign. madam speaker, i have faith in the resiliency of our government. we will bring the rioters to justice. their accomplices in this house will be held responsible. but today we must focus on the gravest threat first, president trump who incited this riot and who remains a grave danger to the nation. as we warned the senate when we tried him for his first impeachment, president trump has made clear in word and deed that he will persist in such conduct
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if he is not removed from power. he poses a continuing threat to our nation, to the integrity of our elections and to our democratic order. he must not remain in power one moment longer, not one moment longer, the danger is too great. we must impeach. i reserve the balance of my time. >> gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> i would yield two minutes to the gentleman from california. >> the gentleman from. california is recognized for two minutes. >> four minutes, excuse me. >> the gentleman from ohio in control of the time on that wishes to yield four minutes to the gentleman from california, correct? >> yes. >> the gentleman from california is recognized for four minutes. >> thank you, madam speaker. you know, i didn't like the president's speech on january 6th either. i thought he was wrong to assert that the vice president in
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congress can pick and choose which electoral votes to count. he was wrong to set such a confrontational tone and a politically tense situation. but what did he actually say? his exact words were, quote, i know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard, unquote. that's impeachable? that's called freedom of speech. now he also threatened to oppose candidates in future elections. and, by the way, that was directed at republicans like me who had resolved to uphold the constitutional process and protect the electoral college. well, so what? that's called politics. if we impeached every politician who gave a fiery speech to a crowd of partisans, this capitol would be deserted. that's what the president did,
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that is all he did. he specifically told the crowd to protest peacefully and patriotically, and a vast majority of them did. but every movement has a lunatic fringe. suppressing free speech is not the answer. holding rioters accountable for their actions is the answer. and we are. and if we had prosecuted blm and antifa rioters across the country with the same determination these last six months, this incident may not have happened at all. now, short of declaring war, the power of impeachment is the most solemn and consequential act that congress can take. to use it in this manner in the heat of the moment with no hearings, no due process, many members phoning in their votes after a hastily called debate exactly one week before a new president is to take office, trivializes this power to the
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point of caricature. the democrats have won everything in sight, the house, the senate, and the presidency. in a republic, that calls for magnanimity. only in a banana republic does it call for ben intelligence. benjamin franklin warned us that passion governs and she never governs wisely. we've set some dangerous new precedence haw haunt us for years to come. yesterday we redefined in tim perred speech as a physical capacity requiring removal from office. today we define it as a high crime and misdemeanor. well, the moment any member of this body gives an impassioned speech and a lunatic takes license from, be prepared to answer to this new president that we establish today.
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now i could cite plenty of provocative speeches made by democrats that directly preceded violence this summer. but we've already had enough of that. you know, after 600,000 americans had perished in the civil war, abraham lincoln appealed to the better angels of our nature. he said, with malice toward none, with charity for all, let us bind up the nation's wounds. those words were so important to the unity of our nation, they're inscribed in marble at the lincoln memorial. i cannot think of a more petty, vindicative and gratuitous act than to impeach an already defeated president a week before he is to leave office. president-elect biden's promise to heal the nation becomes a hollow mockery and a harsh reality of this inconstitutional
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act. >> the gentleman's time has expired. [ applause ] the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> i now yield one minute to the gentlelady from california, ms. lofgren. >> the gentlewoman from california is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i'm the only member of congress who's been involved in all three of the last presidential impeachments. those were long proceedings. today, we don't need a long investigation to know the president incited right-wing terrorists to attack the congress to try to overturn constitutional government. the actions were in public plain as day. his actions are the most serious offense against our constitution and our country. they are impeachable acts. the founders devised the impeachment clause to protect against a president who would threaten constitutional order. if we don't act now, the impeachment clause would
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essentially be meaningless. faced with these facts, if we don't impeach to protect our country, we will fail our own oath to protect and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and, yes, domestic. we have no choice. we must -- >> time has expired. >> god bless america. >> gentleman from new york reserves. >> i reserve. >> the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from arizona. >> the gentleman from arizona is recognized with two minutes. >> i watched the beast attempt to devour donald j. trump again. the craving to crush president trump has never been satisfied not through investigations, not through false allegations, and not even through an impeachment that was wholly without merit. and the timing of this impeachment makes little sense. your candidate, your candidate
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will take office in a few hours, and president trump will relinquish the levers of power to president-elect biden. but your craving was never a biden victory, nor was it a trump defeat. you believe that your hunger will finally be satiated by impeaching this president without a full term of office. you seek object lit relation of your nemesis. even if you are successful today, yours will be a victory for instead of stopping the trump train, his movement will grow stronger, for you will have made him a martyr. that is why your allies and the media seek to censor conservative voices. the same companies that the left vilifies promises to starve republicans from received their pac donations. his policies will not go away. you see the movement he started is based on building an incredibly robust economy on a
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foundation of lower taxes and fewer regulations that has the wonderful effect of putting more people to work than ever. it is built upon a strong military that is extricated from endless wars and provides border security, america-first trade agreements, mid-east peace and stability. those are the things your american people want. you will no doubt continue to chase after leaders of this movement, but your appetite will be unfulfilled. i urge you, please do not and i'm mixing metaphors here, attempt to dowse the remaining burning embers of this movement with gasoline. no one wants that. i urge you please to reconsider the reckless action in which you engage today. >> gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from ohio reserves the gentleman from new york is recognized. i now yield one minute to the gentleman from california mr. schiff. >> gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. >> one week ago, the president incited an insurrection against
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congress to prevent the peaceful transition of power. it was the most dangerous moment for our democracy in a century. today we invoke the remedy the founders provided for just such a lawless president, impeachment. more important, today we begin the long road to restoration. america has been through a civil war, world wars, a great depression, pandemics, mccarthyism and now a trumpist and white nationalist insurrection. and yet our democracy endures because at every juncture, every pivotal moment when evil threatened to overtake good, patriotic americans stepped forward to say enough. this is one of those moments to preserve this sacred place, this citadel of democracy for ourselves and for posterity, let us say enough, enough. i yield back. >> gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. i yield two minutes to the
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gentleman from texas, mr. gohmert. >> recognized for two minutes. >> here's a quote. i just don't even know why there aren't more uprisings all over the country, and maybe there will be. or, sadly, the domestic enemies of our voting system and honoring our constitution are right at 1600 pennsylvania avenue with their allies in congress of the united states. we were called enemies of the state. those were all quotes from our speaker. now, on our side, we didn't take those to be impeachable because we didn't believe she surely meant that. but by the democrats taking this action, you're telling me, no, when we say those, we actually mean to incite violence. that's what this action is saying. look, i just looked on the history channel. it says these words, if the
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judiciary committee, talking about impeachment, finds sufficient grounds, its members right impasse articles of impeachment which then go to the full house for a vote. half of all the impeachments ever conducted, ever voted for, occurred under this speaker. you're setting a precedent that says very clearly because this impeachment ain't going to work, but it is setting the precedent, unlike a year ago when we said, look, it shouldn't go through interel, it should go through judiciary committee. forget that. now the message is, if you have a whim and you want to just go after a president, just go straight to the floor. no investigation, no judiciary committee, go straight to the floor, use it as a political weapon as you wish. this is so dangerous what you're
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doing. forgetting all the precedents. you're destroying this little experiment in self-government. >> the gentleman's time has expired. >> it needs to stop. i yield back. >> the gentleman from ohio reserves the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from massachusetts ms. clark. >> recognized for one minute. >> suffragists and abolitionists, lucy stone stated if they speak the truth fearlessly we shall add to our numbers those who will turn the scale to the side of equal and full justice in all things. the truth is president trump incited a violent attack against the nate government. the truth is president trump spent his presidency inflaming hate, white supremacy,
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anti-semitism and violence. the truth is he was enabled by all those who perpetuated the lie that the most secure election in our nation's history was stolen. the truth is that these sedicious actions left five dead, our capitol besieged, our security threatened, and our democracy hanging in the balance. and the truth is, a vote to impeach is our resounding declaration that the government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the the. >> gentleman from new york wishes to reserve. >> reserve. >> the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. i yield one minute to the gentleman from california. >> the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. the last speaker said that for four years the president did all these terrible inciteful things including anti-semitism.
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i take exception with that, but i think it's important that we embrace one thing that was said. yes, the president has been consistent for the last four years. during his campaign, i even -- well, representing another candidate, said that the president had political tourettes, he said what was on his mind without a filter. i don't think that's being debated today. we all know that's true. what's being debated is whether with 167 hours left until he leaves office, is he a clear and present danger? and he clearly isn't. the president has acted substantially the same for four years. he has rallied his base, and he has in fact called for peaceful protest as he did just a few days ago. the fact is today we are trying to punish the president, at least some are, for four years of what he did, not for what happened last week.
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what happened last week was the result of anarchists who came loaded, prepared, and with weapons. with that i neyield back. >> the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from louisiana, mr. richmond. >> the gentleman from louisiana is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today in my last floor speech in this body to do what i was sworn to do on the first day, to protect and defend the constitution. president trump put the domestic terrorists on notice by saying, stand back, and stand by. he then summoned them to d.c., directed them to march on the capitol. and then he sat back and watched the insurrection. some of my colleagues, some of which may well be co-conspirators in their latest attempt to placate and please
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this unfit president suggests that we shouldn't punish him in order to unify the country. that is the climax of foolishness. let me suggest to them, stand up, man up, woman up, and defend this constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic including donald j. trump. in the first impeachment, republicans said we didn't need to impeach him because he learned his lesson. so no need to remove him. well, we said if we didn't remove him, he would do it again. >> gentleman's time has expired. >> simply put, we told you so. >> the gentleman's time has expired. >> richmond out. >> i reserve. >> gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> yield two minutes to the gentlelady from arizona. >> the gentlelady from arizona is recognized for two minutes. >> i rise in opposition to the resolution. at a time when our country needs unity, it is concerning that my democratic colleagues have chosen to begin impeachment
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proceedings against a president with just seven days left in office. all legal challenges have been exhausted. congress has certified electors over objections. and joe biden will be the next president of the united states. president trump has indicated he will peacefully transfer power to president-elect biden next week. so why pursue impeachment just one week before he leaves office? i've heard my colleagues on the other side of the aisle say they have to impeach the president because he is too dangerous to stay in power. yet they know that it is impossible for the senate to remove him before his term expires. so what is the point? this move sets a dangerous precedent for our nation. if congress is going to impeach a president, it must not only be done after intense debate and
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deliberation, not rush through in the 11th hour to make a political point. this impeachment attempt is dangerous for our country and has far-reaching implications for our future. and with that, madam speaker, i yield back. >> the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from new york, mr. jeffreys. >> the gentleman from new york is recognized for one minute. >> i did not come to congress to impeach donald trump. but the constitutional crimes by an out of control president inspired by his hatred and the big lie that he told cannot be ignored. donald trump is a living, breathing, impeachable offense. it is what it is. the violent attack on the u.s. capitol was an act of insurrection incited by donald
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trump. he is a clear and present danger to the health, safety, and well-being of the american people, and that is why this impeachment is necessary on the house floor for a second time with a bipartisan majority. violence will not win. insurrection will not win. sedition will not win. terror will not win. lawlessness will not win. mob rule will not win. not today, not tomorrow, not ever. democracy will win. >> the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> madam speaker, we reserve. >> gentleman reserves. >> gentleman from new york? >> madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from california, mr. aguilar. >> the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker.
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on january 3rd, we stood here on this floor and swore an oath to defend our constitution against enemies foreign and domestic. three days later, that oath was put to the test when a violent mob tried to break down those doors to stop us from performing our constitutional duty. this mob was not without a leader. on that day the president told them to walk to this capitol 16 blocks from where he stood. they were radicalized by his lies and conspiracy theories he spent months fueling many of which i've heard on this floor the last week. he needed to say only two words to end the violence, i concede, because that's what leaders do in a democracy, because that's what we do in the united states. they put politics aside and put country first. and as i look to our colleagues over on the other side, i wonder how many of them will
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demonstrate that leadership and join us in holding president trump accountable for inciting this deadly attack. how many will uphold our oath and put our country first to defend this constitution from the threat in the white house, to do anything less is to turn your back on the oath altogether. thank you. i yield back. >> gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> madam speaker, we continue to reserve. >> gentleman from ohio continues to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker, i nowh yield three minutes to the gentleman from rhode island is now recognized. >> for more than 220 years since george washington yielded the presidency to john adams, the peaceful transfer of power has been a hallmark of our democracy. in this country the will of the american people reign supreme over the ambitions of any individual. every single president has honored to uphold these principles until now. donald trump lost his bid for
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re-election last november. it was a free and fair election. in fact, president trump's own election security director called it the most secure election in u.s. history. but for two months now donald trump has refused to accept the will of the american people. over and over again he's told his supporters he didn't really lose, the election was stolen from him and from them. and as they grew angrier and angrier over this perceived injustice he told them there was still a way to keep him in power. so as congress prepared to meet for the sacred ritual of certifying the results of the presidential election, the president made his move. he directed his supporters to travel tra to washington for a rally to stop the steal. they did. he then had one final request, march on the u.s. capitol, do what it takes to help me hold onto power. we will never give up, we will never concede. if you don't fight like hell, he warned, you are not going to have a country anymore. they heard his message loud and
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clear. they answered his call for insurrection. as the third ranking republican in this senate put it, he assembled the mob and lit the flame of this attack. armed with guns, pipe bombs, bats, zip ties and more, they set their sights on the u.s. capitol. they stormed the citadel of our democracy. they seized the capitol and tried to end our country's 234-year experiment in democracy, as the trump family and white house aides watched gleefully on television. they searched the halls of this building for the vice president who they came to hang for treason. they overran the office of the speaker who they came to assassinate. they sought above all else to cease control of our government in the name of donald trump. let that sink in. the terrorists who stormed this building planned to hang the vice president, kill the speaker, and topple our government. they took down the american flag and replaced it with a trump flag. i asked my colleagues on the other side of the aisle who are not planning to vote for this
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article, is this the kind of country you want to live in? what are you going to tell your children and grandchildren when they ask what you did in this moment. did you stand for the republic or for this president? heed the words of abraham lincoln, the first republican president who told our country that a house divided against itself cannot stand. this great house in which he served cannot and will not endure if we do not stand together now. the president and the terrorists who stormed these halls last wednesday did not succeed in toppling our republic. we must ensure they never did. i implore you to join us in supporting this article, and i yield back. >> gentleman jeyields back. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> i would yield one minute to the gentleman from new jersey. >> the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for one minute. >> we've been here before. we've done this before. this has failed before.
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we fractured our nation using the same process before. congress must be the glue that starts unifying everyone. by the time this process would conclude, the man they want out of office will no longer even be the president. if we want unity, this is not the way. america was and is the leading light in the world. this proceeding has continued to cloak our nation in darkness. nearly half the country supports our current president. this takes their voice away. we must be bigger and better than the most base of instincts that have been driving our political discourse. it is destroying us. let's link arms with one another and begin to heal. let's stop this impeachment. i yield back. >> gentleman yields back. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker, i now yield
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one minute to the distinguished gentleman from colorado. >> the gentleman from colorado is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. thank you to the chairman. president trump's actions, encouraging, inciting a mob that stormed the united states capitol for the sole purpose of stopping the constitutionally mandated counting of electoral votes cannot go unanswered by this body. he must be impeached. if congress does not act, if we shrink from our constitutional responsibilities to defend our republic, it will undoubtedly undermine the vision of america as the last best hope of earth as abraham lincoln so eloquently said so many years ago. so to the millions of americans watching today, i hope you understand that we are proceeding on this path out of love for our country.
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i will honor my oath today. i will vote for impeachment. and i pray that my colleagues will muster the courage to do the same. and with that i yield back. >> the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> madam speaker, we reserve. >> gentleman from ohio reserves. gentleman from new york? >> madam speaker, i now yield two minutes to the distinguished gentleman from south carolina mr. clyburn. >> the gentleman from south carolina is radiecognized for t minutes. in support of the article of impeachment. last wednesday we gathered to follow the constitution's simple instruction, to count the electoral votes that have been tallied by the states and submitted to us. this president refused to accept those results. instead, he sought to overturn them by inciting a violent insurrection. but we were not deterred from
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doing our constitutional duty. to date, we must do our constitutional duty once again. while the president failed in his attempt to upend our democracy last wednesday's events, made clear that if we do not hold him accountable and remove him from power, a future attempt could very well be successful. the survival of our democracy depends on defeated candidates, accepting their defeats as has been the case in every president's election since 1864. our january 6th joint session is a vital part of the transfer of power, not the contest for power. vice president gore understood this, accepting and certifying the election result in which he
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was defeated. vice president biden understood this, accepted this in the 2016 election. this president's refusal to participate in the peaceful transfer of power and his role in the inciting of last week's violence poses an existential threat to our constitutional democracy. this threat must be extinguished immediately. this president must be impeached and convicted. and he must be prevented from ever attempting to cease power again. with that i yield back. >> the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from colorado, mr. buck. >> the gentleman from colorado is recognized for two minutes. >> i thank the gentleman for yielding time. madam speaker, i've heard that president trump radicalized the group that the rioters who
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stormed this capitol. and i would say that we need to look no further than ourselves to find out what happened and to look at history. americans were frustrated when they learned that the fbi was investigating the trump campaign. they were frustrated to learn that the obama administration and the dnc had created this false campaign against the trump administration. they were frustrated, madam speaker, when the inauguration of the president was boycotted by over 40 democrat members of this house. they were frustrated to read in "the washington post" the day after the inauguration, let the impeachment begin. they were frustrated when members of this house spoke over and over about impeaching the president days into his administration. and then the socialists in hool wood joined their allies in
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congress. robert de niro said that he wanted to punch the president in the face. madonna thought about blowing up the white house. kathie lee griffin held up a likeness of the president's beheaded head, and nothing was said by my colleagues at that point in time. in fact, one democrat colleague said that trump supporters should be harassed wherever they are, in restaurants, on the street in, supermarkets. during this prime, the president was under investigation by a special counsel who found no collusion, no conspiracy with russia. the president's supporters were harassed, agit pai, the head of the fcc was called a dirty, sneaky indian. his children were harassed in school. the press secretary kirstjen nielsen -- i'm sorry, sarah sanders was kicked out of a restaurant for being a trump employee. harassed by their home.
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trump donors -->> gentleman's time has expired. i'm sorry you couldn't hear me. the mic wasn't on. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york -- >> madam speaker, i now yield two minutes to the distinguished gentleman from maryland, mr. raskin. >> the gentleman from maryland is recognized for two minutes. >> smashing windows and beating police officers over the head with fire extinguishers, a blood-thirsty mob attacked the capitol and invaded this congress last wednesday. they erected a gallos and repeatedly chanted "hang mike pence." they stormed speaker pelosi's office yelling "where's nancy?" they brandished the confederate
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flag. and hospitalized dozens of people, killed five of our people for six hours they shut down the counting of electoral college votes. our sacred process under the constitution for a peaceful transfer of power in the united states. they may have been hunting for pence and pelosi to stage their coup, but every one of us in this room right now could've died. as senator lindsey graham said, the mob could've blown the building up. they could have killed us all. and now the far right is calling for return engagement from january 17th to january 20th. they're asking the president to pardon the conspirators in last week's rampage as they plan for a race war again next week. and it's a bit much to be hearing that these people would not be trying to destroy our government and kill us if we just weren't so mean to them. well, despite the floor leader's desperate effort to polarize
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this body and this nation along party lines, it is the chair of the republican conference who best articulated what happened in a statement yesterday. and i recommend every american read this. liz cheney of wyoming, the elected chair of the republican conference wrote, the president summoned this mob, assembled this mob, and lit the flame of this attack, everything that followed was his doing, none of this would have happened without the president. the president could've immediately stopped the violence. he did not. there has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the united states of his office, request ten seconds. >> i yield an additional ten seconds. >> an additional ten seconds. >> cheney says there has never been a greater betrayal to his oath to the constitution. read ms. cheney's statement. let's come together and impeach the president for this high crime against the republic. we don't have a minute to spare.
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he is a clear and present danger to the people. >> the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> mr. gaetz. >> seems to me that impeachment is an itch that doesn't go away with just one scratch. it also seems that president trump may be most likely to be impeached when he is correct. before the last presidential impeachment, president trump rightly pointed out the improper activities of the biden crime family and subsequently he's been proven right. don't think for a moment, madam speaker, that we're going to drop that or stop our pursuit for the truth. before that we had the russia hoax where you had the president rightly making claims that hillary clinton and the dnc were colluding with russians to disorient our democracy. how right he turned out to be. and then we have the 2020 presidential election where the
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president correctly pointed out unconstitutional behavior, voting irregularities, concerns over tabulations, dead people voting, and now impeachment again. when they go low, we kick them. eric holder, former attorney general under barack obama, breaching the capitol was as low as low can be. we all denounce it. but who is it that they're kicking? the president who created soaring highs for our economy, rising wages before the pandemic, 400 miles of wall to stop the caravans, who drew down troops in the middle east and showed empathy for the forgotten men and women of our country. it's why so many people love him so much. and it's why they are kicking all of us. this president has faced unprecedented hatred and resistance from big media, big tech, and big egos from congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle.
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before the rioters tore through that glass, speaker pelosi stood at that rosz rum and tore through the president's state of the union speech, inciting anger, resentment, division. some believe that truly these true colors are being shown now through this divisive partisan impeachment. the speaker of the house -- i would request an additional 40 seconds. >> the gentleman from ohio? >> i yield an additional 40 seconds. >> four seconds or 40 seconds? >> 40 seconds. 45 seconds. >> the speaker said to us just moments ago, words matter. but apparently those words don't matter when they're uttered by democrats. when the gentlelady from massachusetts calls for unrest in the streets. when the gentlelady from california brazenly brags that she called for people to get in the faces of those who serve and support the president.
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i denounce political violence from all ends of the spectrum, but make no mistake, the left in america has incited far more political violence than the right. for months our cities burned, police stations burned. our businesses were shattered. and they said nothing. they fundraised for it and they allowed it to happen in the greatest country in the world. now some have cited the metaphor that the president lit the flame. well, they lit actual flames, actual fires. >> time expired. there will be order in the house. [ applause ] >> the gentleman from ohio, do you wish to reserve your time? the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from california, mr. swalwell. >> the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. >> america has been attacked before, but not like this. on january 6th, donald trump incited thousands of radicalized
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terrorists to attack the capitol to stop a transition of power. let that sink in. our president incited our citizens to attack our capitol. america was not attacked in the past sense. this president has inspired future plots. america is still under attack. and that's why donald trump must be impeached. i've read many of my gop colleagues, know what the president did was wrong but are afraid for their lives if they cross the president. i'm sorry that you're living in fear. but now is a time to summon your courage to guide you. we have all seen the images of the courageous officers who have risked their lives so that you could flee this floor and see your families. that was almost a week ago right now. officers engaged in hand-to-hand combat for hours with these terrorists. capitol police were spit on, beaten, stampeded, and one of them lost their lives. i'm not asking you to summon the ko
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courage that they did. i'm just asking you to do your job. >> the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. >> we reserve. >> the gentleman from ohio is recognized. . we reserve. >> the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from texas, mr. castro. >> the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. donald trump is the most dangerous man to ever occupy the oval office. i want to take you back one week ago today when people were barging through these doors, breaking the windows with weapons, armed, pipe bombs, coming here to harm all of you to harm the speaker, to harm the
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senate. let me ask you a question. what do you think they would have done if they had gotten in? what do you think they would have done to you? and who do you think sent them here? the most dangerous man to ever occupy the oval office, if inciting a deadly insurrection is not enough to get a president impeached, then what is? all of us must answer that question today. the constitution requires us to impeach and remove donald john trump. >> the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. >> i reserve. >> the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> madam speaker, we reserve. >> the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker, i now yield one minute to distinguished gentlelady from pennsylvania, ms. dean. >> the gentlelady from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, one week ago
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today, i was trapped in this house chamber as the banging on the doors began. i feared for colleagues, reporters, and staff. i feared for myself. the attack on the capitol will never be forgotten. the president and many in this chamber have shamelessly pedalled dangerous untruths about the election, despite the warnings of where those lies would lead. and last wednesday those lies and dangers found themselves inside this capitol. this hateful rhetoric is another deadly virus. it is time to remove it from its host. to heal we need accountability and truth, that begins by acknowledging the president's dangerous lies and their deadly consequences. removing donald trump is the beginning of restoring decency and democracy. what happened last week will not be forgotten. and what we do this week will long be remembered. vote yes on impeachment, and i yield back. >> gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from new york
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reserves his time. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. it's my pleasure to yield one minute to the republican leader, gentleman from california, mr. mccarthy. >> the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, gentleman, for yielding. madam speaker, let me be clear. last week's violent attack on the capitol was undemocratic, unamerican, and criminal. violence is never a legitimate form of protest. freedom of speech and assembly under the constitution is rooted in nonviolence. yet, the violent mob that descended upon this body was neither peaceful, nor democratic. it acted to disrupt congress' constitutional responsibility. it was also an attack on the people who work in this
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institution. members, staff, and the hundreds who work behind the scenes so that we can serve the american people. the greatest statesman in the history of our country understood that the most dangerous threat to freedom is lawlessness. a young lawyer named abraham lincoln famously said, there is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law. yet, for several hours last week, mob law tried to interfere with constitutional law. some say the riots were caused by antifa. there is absolutely no evidence of that. and conservatives should be the first to say so. conservatives also know that the only thing that stops mob violence is to meet it with force rooted in justice and backed by moral courage.
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and last week we saw mob violence met by courage. sacrifice and heroism from the brave men and women who protect this institution every day. but for the bravery of the capitol police, the destruction and loss could've been much greater. we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude. the loss of officer brian sicknick, and officer howard liebengood was tragic and heartbreaking. we mourn their loss. remember their lives, and continue to pray for their families and loved ones. the officers of the capitol police deserve our eternal thanks. we will never forget the dangers they faced, the determination they showed, or the sacrifices they made. and make no mistake, those who are responsible for wednesday's chaos will be brought to justice.
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which brings me to today's debate. i believe impeaching the president in such a short time frame would be a mistake. no investigations have been completed. no hearings have been held. what's more, the senate has confirmed that no trial will begin until after president-elect biden is sworn in. but here is what a vote to impeach would do. a vote to impeach would further divide this nation. a vote to impeach will further fan the flames of partisan division. most americans want neither inaction nor retribution. they want durable bipartisan justice. that path is still available but is not the path we are on today. that doesn't mean the president is free from fault.
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the president bears responsibility for wednesday's attack on congress by mob rioters. he should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding. these facts require immediate action of president trump. accept his share of responsibility, quell the unrest, and ensure president-elect biden is able to successfully begin his term. and the president's immediate action also deserves congressional action, which is why i think a fact-finding commission and essential resolution would be prudent. unfortunately, that is not where we are today. truly this past week was one of the most difficult for congress in our nation. of all the days here, last wednesday was the worst day i've ever seen in congress. our country is deeply hurt. so where do we go from here?
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after all the violence and chaos of the last week, is it important to remember that we are still here to deliver a better future for all americans. it does not matter if you are liberal, moderate, or conservative. all of us must resist the temptation of further polarization. instead, we must unite once again as americans. i understand for some this call for unity may ring hollow. but times like these are when we must remember who we are as americans and what we as a nation stand for. and as history shows, unity is not an option. it's a necessity. it is as necessary today as it was at the start of our country. i want us all to think back to how john adams and the federalist party handed power over to thomas jefferson and his
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party after the election of 1800. that election, and indeed that error, was one of the most divisive ever. partisans used every dirty trick in the book. they demonized each other, dismissed reasonable descent, and described their opponents as sedicious. sound familiar? the election of 1800 could've destroyed our young nation. but instead of breaking us, it helped us bring us together. thereby preserving the world's last best hope of freedom. after a hard fought battle over the electoral college in congress, adams conceded. and a peaceful transfer of power, the first in american history took place. jefferson, for his part, put aside the division of the era and preached forgiveness. yes, unity.
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in his first inaugural address, he famously said, every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. jefferson and adams did not end every difference of opinion that existed in america. nor did they try. in a free country as big and diverse as ours, that would be impossible. what they did was more important. they recognize the deeper unity, a unity rooted in the famous proposition both men helped to write. at a critical moment in history, our founders chose peace, liberty, partnership over tension, division, and partisanship. for the sake of our country, we must make the exact same choice. we have already begun. last week despite the lingering shock and amid the windows still broken, we did what all healthy
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democracies do. we debated and we voted. and this country we solve our disputes at the ballot box and through debates and votes on the floor of this exact chamber. we did our duty then and we must do more. the eyes of the nation and the world are upon us. we must seize this opportunity and heal and grow stronger. as leaders, our place in history depends on whether we call on our better angels and refocus our efforts to work directly for the american people. united we can deliver peace, strength, and prosperity our country desperately needs. divided we will fail. what we saw last week was not the american way. neither is the continued rhetoric that joe biden is not the legitimate president.
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let's be clear. joe biden will be sworn in as president of the united states in one week because he won the election. and the presidency in this congress will face immediate challenges that must be addressed. i stand ready to assist in that effort. with good faith, good will, and an open hand. the united states remains exceptional. we remain extraordinary. in the coming weeks and months, we must work together, all of us, to recharge the light of our shining city on the hill. history has shown us a way. history has given us a path just as adams and jefferson has shown, now is the moment that we should do the exact same. in these trying times, may god continue to bless america. and let's chart a course that
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history will repeat but not what's happening today. >> the gentleman from ohio continues to reserve. [ applause ] the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker, i now yield one minute to distinguished gentlelady from consider. october. >> the gentlewoman from colorado is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. just over a year ago, i stood right there where you're standing today as we took the solemn step of impeaching the president of the united states for pressuring a foreign leader to a take unlawful actions. and one week ago almost to the hour i laid right there on the floor of the gallery above us. i heard gunshots in the speaker's lobby. i heard the mob pounding on the door. what they were trying to do, they were all an angry mob incited by the president trying to stop certification of a
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legitimate election. it's clear the president learned nothing in the last year. yesterday the president said again he did nothing wrong. this man is dangerous. he has defied the constitution, he's incited sedition, and he must be removed. we all took a pledge on january 3rd to uphold the constitution. we must honor that oath. we must vote yes on this article of impeachment. i yield back. >> expired. the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> i yield one minute to the gentlelady from colorado. >> the gentlewoman from colorado is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise today to oppose this impeachment and denounce the recent violence on the capitol. and the violence we've all witnessed all summer long across our great country, make no mistake here the hypocrisy of the left is on full display.
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quote, go to the hill, get in the face of some congress people, we've got to fight in congress, fight in the courts, fight in the streets, take them behind the gym and beat the hell out of them, go and take trump out tonight. sound familiar? what about the gentlewoman from new york who defended the looting by saying looters just wanted loaves of bread. the last i checked best buys and teslas and the stores of the like do not produce baked goods. where's the accountability for the left after encouraging and normalizing violence rather than actually helping american people in this time we start impeachments that further divide our country. i call bull crap. when i hear the democrats demanding unity, sadly they are only unified in hate. >> your time has expired. >> thank you. i yield.
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>> i now yield one minute to distinguished gentlelady from california, ms. waters. >> the gentlewoman from new york is recognized for one minute. >> thank you very much, madam speaker. i rise in support of impeaching again the worst president in the history of the united states. since its first day in office, this president has spent four years abusing his power, lying, embracing authoritarianism, radicalizing his supporters against a democracy. this corruption poisoned the minds of his supporters inciting them to willingly join with white supremacists, neo-nazis and paramilitary extremists in a siege of the united states capitol building, the very seat of american democracy. the republican party is now the trump party. and i want you to know that this is a trump power grab that will not stop. it will not stop with attacking the capitol and our state legislatures. this president intends to exercise power long after he is
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out of office. it is reported that the president of the united states watched the invasion from the oval office of our capitol and seemingly enjoyed it. i want you to know we must be concerned that the republicans will not defend him, and he is capable of starting a civil war. he must be impeached. he must be stopped now. >> gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. i yield one minute to the gentleman from washington, mr. newhouse. >> the gentleman from washington is recognized for a minute. >> madam speaker, this is a sad day in our republic. but not as sad or disheartening as the violence we witnessed in the capitol last wednesday. we are all responsible. my colleagues are responsible for not condemning rioters this past year like those who barricaded the doors of the seattle police department and
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attempted to murder the officers inside. others including myself are responsible for not speaking out sooner. before the president misinformed and inflamed a violent mob who tore down the american flag and brutally beat capitol police officers, madam speaker, we must all do better. these articles of impeachment are flawed. i will not use process as an excuse. there is no excuse for president trump's actions. the president took an oath to defend the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. last week there was a domestic threat at the door of the capitol, and he did nothing to stop it. that is why with a heavy heart and clear resolve i will vote yes on these articles of impeachment. [ applause ] >> the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from ohio wishes
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to reserve? >> madam speaker, can i ask how much time each side has? >> the gentleman from ohio has 36 and one quarter minute remaining. and the gentleman from new york has 36 and three quarter minutes remaining. >> we reserve. >> the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from massachusetts. >> the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized for 30 seconds. >> madam chair, a mob desecrated our capitol, killed a police officer, and attempted to overthrow our government on the orders of the president of the united states. immediate impeachment is our duty under a constitution that compels us to defend against enemies foreign and domestic. as a marine officer i defended our democracy from foreign enemies. as a member of congress i am solemnly resolved to defend it from domestic ones. with this vote we strike a blow for moral leadership. i yield back.
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>> the gentleman from new york wishes to reserve. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from ohio. the gentleman from ohio is recognized for two minutes. >> madam speaker, america's at a crossroads. as the violent riots at the capitol last week so painful reminded, the unhinged partisan rhetoric that too often consumes the political dialogue in this country has become toxic and is tearing us apart. if we continue down this path, there's no telling how much damage to our union there may be. sadly, that's what's happening here today. the majority is rushing through yet a second impeachment of president trump who has but seven days remaining in office. as prominent constitutional law professor jonathan turley has cautioned, today a dangerous precedent is being set that could lead to the normalization of snap impeachments without any hearings or any meaningful
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discussion or debate. the majority is ramming through this house the most potent tool at our disposal without a single hearing turning a process that usually takes months into a few short hours. we haven't heard a testimony from a single witness. we haven't heard from any experts on the nature of these charges, nor the damage this effort could inflict on our republic. we didn't even know how this debate would unfold until 9:00 this morning. this is truly an unprecedented situation and one which could can you see irrevocable harm to our nation. but, madam speaker, it doesn't have to be this way. we don't have to continue down this misguided path. we could instead follow the wisdom provided by none other than abraham lincoln during another divisive time in our nation's history and listen to the better angels of our nature. we could choose a more positive constructive path and vote down this ill-conceived effort. we should tone down the political rhetoric. we should work together to solve the problems that face our
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nation. we should put aside our differences and find common ground. and we should bring americans back together. because there's no crisis we can't overcome if we stand united. and i yield back. >> gentleman from ohio yields back. the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> i now yield one minute to distinguished gentlelady from washington. >> the gentlewoman from washington is recognized for one minute. my fellow americans, i rise today to stand against our enemy and declare our enemy isn't the president or the president-elect. fear is our enemy. fear tells us what we want to hear. it incites anger and violence and fire. but it also haunts us into silence and inaction. what are you afraid of? i'm afraid of what people will say or think. i'm afraid of being devalued. i'm not afraid of losing my job, but i am afraid that my country will fail. i'm afraid patriots of this country have died in vain.
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i'm afraid injustice will prevail. but truth, truth sets us free from fear. truth doesn't guarantee bad things won't happen. but it does promise to always prevail in the end. it has no shadows where darkness can hide. we could use love right now. my vote to impeach our sitting president is not a fear-based decision. i am not choosing a side. i'm choosing truth. it's the only way to defeat fear. [ applause ] >> the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. i yield one minute to the gentlelady from texas. >> the gentlewoman from texas is yielded one minute. >> today i should be in my district working for my constituents. instead i'm back here in washington because the majority could not resist another made for tv impeachment. american workers are losing their jobs and struggling to feed their families. small businesses are being forced to lay off workers and
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close their doors. families are tragically losing loved ones to the coronavirus. instead of creating or even saving american jobs or negotiating additional covid relief or debating an impeachment that's been perceived by no inquiry, no meaningful debate and no due process. in one week's time, joe biden will be the president. the american people need us to rise above the heat of the moment to focus on their needs and deliver real solutions. because the majority decided we should debate whether or not to remove a sitting president in just two hours, i'll be brief. i oppose this article of impeachment and i yield back. >> the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentlelady from georgia. >> madam speaker, i teach a civics class where i point out that our democracy is not self-executing. it requires people of good faith and ethics to make it work.
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the president has repeatedly challenged georgia's election results. but despite three re-counts and many investigations, the results are clear, joe biden won georgia. the idea that our election was fraudulent is a lie. our president used this lie to incite a violent mob to attack the capitol. i ask my colleagues to reject the lies and in this case support impeachment. >> and the gentleman from ohio. >> yield one minute to the gentleman from florida. >> the gentleman from posey has one minute. >> in our campaigns we may be adversaries but usually after the campaign season's over we traditionally have come together to good of our nation. now more than ever in our lifetimes we are a divided nation. one of the reens, the resist movement which is harassed, haranged and otherwise
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denigrated the president since the second he became the nominee. while his sins may be different than yours or mine, they are clearly not treasonous. there are men and women in blue who suffered a lot more stress than the members of congress they protected, have the time they deserve to recuperate and did the same for millions of americans who feel they've been disenfranchised. i besiege my colleagues on both sides of the aisle if you truly want our nation to heal vote no in this resolution. it wreaks of nothing more than revenge and sets a dangerous precedent. may god continue to bless the united states of america. >> the gentleman yields back. gentleman wishing to reserve. gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker, i yield 30 seconds to distinguished gentleman from maryland, mr. brown. >> the gentleman from maryland recognized for 30 seconds. >> thank you, madam speaker. a week ago to americans in this
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chamber were made access to vandalizing and our democracy shaken. president trump represent a real throat our national security, democratic institutions and peel of this country. we cannot let donald trump lead our nation's government another seven days who leaded this insurrection. we cannot wait until january 20th. donald trump must be removed. >> the gentleman from new york continues to reserve. gentleman from ohio recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. yield one minute to gentleman from texas. >> recognized one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker and i thank my democratic colleagues for finally joining republicans in condemning mob violence after six months of refusing to acknowledge it but i'm tired of afternoon tam sanctimonious --
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democrats objected to certifying every republican victory of the 21st century, in 2000, 2004 and 2016 democrats objected every time. when they objected patriot. when republicans do it, inciting a mob liars and traders. the double standard we should expect under total democrat control calling for unrest in the streets, harassing cabinet officials. oobt objected to sir cert figifying elections time and time again but we're the extremists? silented by big cat on social media, corporate america and now the other sides wants to silence us on the house floor pap sad day in america. i urge my colleagues to vote no. >> your time expired. gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker i yield 30 seconds to a new member of the
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house and a new member of the judiciary committee distinguish ed gentle lady from missouri. >> madam speaker, st. louis and i rise in support of the article of impeachment against donald j. trump. if we file remove a white supremacist spread who incited a white supremacist insurrection it's communities like ours has suffer the most. we have a mandate to legislate in defense of black lives. the first step in that process is to root out white supremacy starting with impeaching the white supremacist in chief. thank you, and i yield back. >> from new york wishes to reserve. the gentleman from ohio -- seeks recognition. >> madam speaker, i yield -- one
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minute to the gentleman from texas, dr. jackson. >> the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. >> thank you. madam speaker i rise in opposition to articles of impeachment. what happened last year was a stain on our nags and crim nina and the rioters prosecuted to fullest extend of the law. this congress needs to lead by example and begin the process of healing the deep division that exists among us as americans. the articles before us today will not accomplish that. in fact, the sham articles of impeachment will serve to further fan the flames of unrest and appease the radical left appetite for division. we should focus on restoring communities devastated by lockdowns working on america 8 vaccine rollout, aiding investigation into these attacks and ensuring election integrity not impeaching a president with less than seven days left in office. time to focus on the
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unprecedented challenges faced and on unity. for these reasons i urge my colleagues to vote no on this impeachment. >> the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the sgish distinguished lady from new york. >> recognized for 30 seconds. >> madam speaker, today i rise to support the article of impeachment against donald trump by high crimes and misdemeanors for a second time. let us be very clear. what took place on january 6, 2021 was an act of domestic terrorism by right-wing sycophantic white were supremacists promoted instigated and advanced by the man in the white house donald trump. reverend dr. king says violence is a descending spiral begetting the very thing it sets to destroy. instead of diminishing evil it multiplies it.
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>> time expired. the gentleman from new york wishes to reserve. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. tiffany. >> the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized for two minutes. >> thank you, madam speaker. my father once said to me, just because you can do something doesn't mean you should. in the short time i've served in this body one thing is clear. this is not a serious place. last year we watched as the other side delayed covid relief for months to inflict maximum pain and sway the outcome of the election. the speaker said as much. in yet these last two days we've seen how fast they were move when exacting political retribution on opponents. my friends on the other side now have complete control of both houses of congress, and in a few days will control the entire executive branch as well. madam speaker, joe biden talked unity and healing. is that what this is today?
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is accusing republican lawmakers of sedition and calling for expulsion the plan for healing? is working with silicon valley to digitally disappear those with whom they disagree with the plan for reconciliation jie was among the first to condemn the riots in madison months ago an condemn what happened last week but where the were the swift accusations of insurrection from the other side last year? is today's political theater a preview of what the american people can expect from single-party rule? two years of double standards and punishing those who void it for someone else? madam spoker, i hope mr. biden is watching today and will rise to the moment and call off this effort to rub salt in the wounds of millions of americans. it is now time for a yus, democrats and republicans alike to turn down the temperature. thank you. >> the gentleman yields back. gentleman from ohio wishes to
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reserve. gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker i yield 30 seconds to distinguished gentleman from missouri mr. cleaver. >> the gentleman from missouri recognizeds 30 seconds. >> madam speaker it would be an error to suppose that men and women can be courageous every day. it would be unfair to anticipate that i or any member of this member could be a lion every day. no one is expected to be a lion day after day after day. but on "this" day, lions are required. >> the gentleman yields back his time. the gentleman from new york reserves. gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> we reserve. >> the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker i immediate 30 seconds to distinguished gentleman from tennessee mr. cohen. >> the gentleman from tennessee recognized 30 seconds mplgtsz thank very much. after president trump was not
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impeached, susan collins said, he -- susan collins said, he's learned a pretty big lesson. he was impeached. then he brought his, it will be wild riotous television show he produced for one person. individual one. intelligence reports indicate that the people he said he loves and are special are going to attack this city and attack this it capitol next week. he has not asked them not to do it. he has not told them to stand down. i most fear january 20, because i think he will try to go out with a bang and -- >> the gentleman's time expired there will are be orderser in t house. gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> madam speaker, statement from the president. i urge that there must be no rile violence, law breaking of any kind. this is not what i and it for. no what americans stand for.
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i call on all americans to ease and calm down. just put out by the president of the united states. i yield two minutes from the gentleman from virginia, mr. klein. >> the gentleman is recognized two minutes. >> thank you, and i thank the president for his words. above the house of representatives is a sculpture depicting allegorical peace dressed in armor protecting genius of america. last week that piece tragically torn apart the capitol invaded first time since war of 1812. a mob broke pass security and unleashed destruction throughout the capitol. six individuals dead when over including two capitol police officers. always agreed in peaceably assemble those who killed police prosecuted to fullest intend of the law. intent stop the constitutional of this body to county electoral votes charged for insurrection against the government. we are a nation of laws not of
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men and the legal standard for incitement to violence has not been met. now a week since the riots threatened the people's house and a week until the new president takes office we are rushing through impeachment without all the facts and evidence and due process. we don't know what kind of information offenders have, or evidence will come out during think trials bolstering majority's claims on imp plicat other officials. we don't know and much treat this power's responsibility of holders of this power with seriousness and solemnity it deserves. gather the evidence, make an nchbled decision together. this action only further fumes the political divide among our citizens and will be detrimental to the long term efforts to unify our country. i reiterate my call from last night. work together. boast pres
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boast urge we not go down this dangerous path. >> the gentleman from new york reco recognized. >> i yield 30 seconds to distinguished gentleman from rhode island. >> recognized 30 seconds. >> madam speaker, january 6th was a horrific day for our country and democracy. the capitol was breached. the blood of defenders spilled all because of a lie that the elections were stolen. a lie that has infected this nation as pra derniciously as t pandemic. the president attacked the foundation inciting supporters to violence and not fit to serve and a danger it our count while he does. i, too, pledge to supported and kwend the constitution against enemies foreign and domestic uphold that office and vote to impeach president trump and urge
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colleagues to do the say. >> the clegg wishes to reserve? gentleman from ohio recognized. >> thank you. i yield one minute to the gentleman from pennsylvania. >> the gentleman the from pennsylvania recognized one minute. >> what did the speaker know and what did other legislative leaders know and when did they know it? maybe that's a rush to impeach the president, because so we'll never know what legislative leaders here knew. the fbi knew about a number of individuals planning a war on the capitol including killing police officers and they shared the information. but nothing happened. the chief federal prosecutor in washington pursuing conspiracy charges. the fact ieds were in place informs me there was pre-planning for portions of the tragic events last week. how does the president incite an attack that was pre-planned and already under way before his speech concluded? i know my colleagues on the left want america to believe the president incite add spontaneous
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riot and calling an insurrection. facts are stubborn thing if you and when you choose to ignore. mul multiple violent events of the courthouse can, burting looting in sanctuary cities -- >> the gentleman's time expired. >> -- said last week -- >> the gentleman's time expired. the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from mork is recognized. >> madam speaker, i yield 30 seconds to distinguished gentleman from virginia mr. conway. >> the gentleman from virginia is recognized. >> i thank my friends. the american people are asking is there any depravity to low? outrage too far? any blood and violence too much to turn hearts and minds in this body? instead of the usual justification rationalization and enabling and false i equivalence we have to hear. >> this is a moment of truth, my friends. are you on the side of chaos and
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the mob or on the side of constitutional democracy and our freedom? it's that simple. that's what this vote is i yield back. >> the gentleman's time expired. the gentleman -- from new york reserves. ? from ohio recognized. >> can i inquire how much time each side has? >> yes, you may. the gentleman from ohio has 25 minutes remaining. >> 21? >> the gentleman from 25. >> 25. thank you. >> the gentleman from new york has -- 31.25 remaining. the gentleman from ohio. >> we would reserve. >> the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker, i yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from colorado, mr. crowe. >> the gentleman from colorado is recognized for 30 seconds. >> madam speaker last week i stoods in that gallery to defend this chamber against a violent mob called here by donald trump. i have dedicated my life to the defense of our nation. and donald trump is a risk to
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all that i love. some of my republican colleagues are afraid of the kwconsequencef an impeachment's vote but this president sends our men and women to war every day. i'm not asking you to storm the beaches of normandy but show a fraction of the courage we ask of our troops every day. leadership is hard. it's time to impeach. >> the gentleman's time expired. the gentleman from new york continues to reserve. the gentleman from ohio. >> we reserve. >> he -- ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york? >> madam speaker i yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentleman from illinois, mr. davis. >> the gentleman from illinois is recognized for 30 seconds. >> thank you, madam speaker. i heard a few minutes ago that there had been no hearing. i have heard from the people of the seventh district of illinois. they have told me what to do. they have said, impeach this
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president. impeach this president and do it now. i will follow their instructions and vote "yes" to impeach this president, and i yield back. >> gentleman yields back. gentleman from new york reserves. the jatgentleman ohio. >> we rov. >> continues to reserve. gentleman from new york recognized. >> i yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentle lady from texas. >> the general woman is recognized. >> on january 6th terrorists attacked the united states of america. an attempted coup and insurrection, but what i hope americans understand is that it was a terrorist attack against our country. those who came and participated must be found and prosecuted. those who aided nnd abetted must be found and prosecuted and the man who incited is, president donald trump our greatest
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national security threat must be impeached, held accountable and never allowed to hold office again. i yield back. >> genwoman yields back. reserves, gentleman from ohio. >> we reserve. >> gentleman from new york. recognized. >> madam speaker i yield 30 seconds to distinguished gentle lady from california. >> the genwoman from california is recognized. >> madam speaker, future generations are not going to know the names of each member in the chamber today, in voting, but they will know what we did and why. we must impeach the president, because he incited a mob that attacked the capitol of the united states. the tabernacle of our democracy. he is incapable of honoring his oath and our constitution, and he has proven to be dangerous.
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i will vote to impeach this traitor to our country. >> the genwoman yields back. reserve. gentleman from ohio. >> reserve. >> reserves his time. the gentleman from mork is recognized. new york is recognized. >> madam speaker, 30 seconds to distinguished gentleman from new york. >> the gentleman from new york is recognized for 30 seconds. >> madam speaker, today i cast my vote for the second time to impeach donald trump. he is unfit to hold office. hez he dispatch add mob to hurt many of us. unfit to hold office and summoned a mob to assassinate vice president pence, to assassinate speaker pelosi. he is unfit to hold office. he summons in dispatch a mob that raises a confederate plag in assault of this capitol resulting in death of five americans including two capitol
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police officers. he is unfit to hold office and we must impeach now! >> reach the balance of his time. gentleman from ohio. >> reserve. >> continues to reserve. the gentleman from new york. >> madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to distinguished gentleman from illinois mr. garcia. >> the gentleman from illinois recognized 30 seconds. >> madam speaker i rise today in the strongest possible support for the impeachment of donald j. trump. when trump made a last, desperate attempt to steal the presidency, to reject the will of the people by encouraging insurrection he became the first president to incite and attempted overthrow of the institutions he has sworn to protect. that is a horrifying first and his actions necessitate another. he should be the first president impeached and removed from office in the history of our country.
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i voted to impeach him once and am ready to do it again. i yield back. >> the gentleman's time expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio? >> reserve. >> the gentleman from ohio continues to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker i yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentle lady from texas, ms. garcia. >> the gentlewoman from garcia recognized 30 seconds. >> madam speaker, this president 2 president took an oath to protect and defend the constitution instead choosing to attack our sacred democracy. he vilite violated his oath andd insurrection against this very house. during the last impeachment trial i reminded all americans that democracy is a gift that each generation gives to the next. we must do all to protect it for
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our children and our future -- >> the genwoman's time expired. thank you. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> thank you, mattedham speaker. i yield two minutes in the gentleman from florida. >> the gentleman's yielding to minutes. is that correct? >> two minutes. >> two minutes to the gentleman from florida. >> lied to the american people the trump campaign collude and conspired with russia. for years after an xexhaustive investigation found no evidence the campaign colluded with russia. sowing division and dissension across america and all a lie. you have brought one article of impeachment to the floor and your one allegation alleges, "donald john trump alleged in high crimes and misdemeanors inciting violence against the
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government of the united states." causing another to be in reasonable fear and promote or incite violence when there's a likelihood violence would ensue. no language incited violence. the 18-minute mark stated peacefully and patriotic make your voices heard. may think he's inciting violence because of election fraud. that's his opinion. he's entitled to that opinion as you were entitled to false and fraudulent opinion the trump campaign colluded with russia. the legal elements of incitement are based on the supreme court case brandenburg v. ohio setting the standard for speech that could be prosecuted without violating the first amendment. brandenburg's speech called for violence against groups of americans, and the court found that brandenburg's comments were not directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action. the court found it was protected speech, and he was calling for violence. that's the current law of the land. the president didn't even
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mention violence last wednesday much less provoke or incite it. no crime committed and therefore no basis for impeachment as you need a high crime or misdemeanor for a basis. you create add mockery out of the impeachment process and i urge colleagues to vote against the fraud. >> nice job. >> the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. >> yes. >> the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker i yield 30 seconds to distinguished gentleman from nevada. >> the gentleman from nevada is recognized for 30 seconds. >> madam speaker i rise in support of the article of impeachment. last wednesday's events were not just a breach of a building, but a breach of our democracy. a threat to our republic and to who we are as americans. donald trump incited insurrection against america and attempted to overturn the will of the people. we must send a clear message that committing sedition disqualifies a president from
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serving another day in office. i urge this body to vote for impeachment. i yield back. >> the gentleman yields back his time. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. speaker, we reserv >> the gentleman from highway continues to reserve. >> i yield 30 seconds 20 distinguished gentle lady from pennsylvania. >> the jawgentleman gentlewoman recognized 30 seconds. >> last eving an 11-year-old girl joined our telephone town hall. her question shook me to my core, worried about the future of his great nation and i am, too, why i must moor forward with impeachment of this president. he's endangered this nation, betrayed his oath. i do this for our constitution, for all of us and republic. do this to tell the world this great democracy will stand and no one is above the law and for future generations. i urge us all to unite and vote "yes" on impeachment.
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i yeed back. >> i yield back. >> the gentleman reserves. gentleman from new york recognized. >> i yield 30 seconds to squished gentleman from california mr. huffman. >> recognized 30 seconds. >> madam speaker, history is watching and saving the receipts. today my colleagues across the aisle must choose which side of a very bright line they want to be recorded on for all time. on one side, lies, sedition, inciting and supporting insurrection and the domestic terrorism. the other side, your oath of office, the constitution, democracy, decency. there is no middle ground. today we make history forever. choose well. a vote to impeach donald trump means years from now you can look your grandchildren in the eye -- >> time expired. >> -- and say, i did the right
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thing. >> gentleman from ohio reserved. >> reserve. >> continues to reserve. gentleman from new york recognized. >> i yield 30 seconds to distinguished gentle lady from california, mr. jacobs. >> genwoman from california recognized 30 seconds. >> madam speaker response to political violence must always be accountability. without accountability more violence follows. i learned that working at the united nations and the state department in conflict setting the around the world. this is a conflict setting. our lives in this chamber almost succeeded. incited by the president who broadcast live about the outcome of our election. we must hold this president accountable. it's the only way to protect our democracy. i yield back. >> yields back. gentleman from ohio recognized. >> we reserve. >> gentleman from ohio reserves. gentleman from new york recognized. >> madam speaker, 30 seconds to distinguished gentleman from
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georgia. >> gentleman from georgia recognized 30 seconds. >> thank you, madam speaker. i'm certain that every member of congress would say that if they had been in congress when john lewis walked across that edmund pettus bridge and the civil rights act was passed they would have stood on the right side of history. well, madam speaker, today we're going to see exactly what side of history you all are going to be on, and with that i yield back. >> the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york continues to reserve. gentleman from ohio recognized. >> thank you. begin with one minute to north carolina. >> gentleman from north carolina recognized one minute. >> today represents a unique nunt our nation's history to put america first. put her people first. today is a moment for members of congress to put aside partisan politicking and place people over power.
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i urge my colleagues to vote against this divisive impeachment and realize that dividing america will not save this republican. don't vote for what feels good. of course it feel goods for democrats to have a united constituency for a few more days. but i was elected to come here and vote for things that actually do good. to bring much-needed help to the american people. i am willing to take the first step and extend my hand across the aisle to say, vote against impeachment. vote in favor of unified nation and i will forsake partisanship and work with you no matter who you are or what party you come from. madam speaker, i urge that we all vote to finally put america first and with that i yield back. >> the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker, yield 30 seconds to new member of the house and new member of the judiciary committee the
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gentleman from new york mr. jones. >> the gentleman from new york is recognized for 30 seconds. >> madam speaker, i rise in support of the impeachment of donald j. trump. the disgraced, defeated president of the united states. there must be consequences for last week's treason and sedition. hundreds if not thousands of dnd's in today's republican party aim to run for higher office and we must send a message that no one in the united states of america is above the law. the world is watching, madam speaker. i yield back. >> gentleman yields back. jat from new york wishes to reserve. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> reserve. >> gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york. >> madam speaker i yield 30 seconds to distinguished gentleman from michigan. >> the gentleman from michigan is recognized 30 seconds. >> madam speaker, one week ago the president of the united states incited a deadly attack
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on the united states capitol while a couple of dozen members of this house and i covered ourselves in that gallery away from the trump mob. five dead including capitol police. if inciting an insurrection does not warrant impeachment, nothing does. i took an oath to uphold the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. today i vote to uphold my oath. >> the gentleman from new york wishes to reserve his time. gentleman from ohio recognized. >> excuse me. i yield one minute to the gentleman from wisconsin. >> the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to strongly object to the articles of impeachment proposed against president trump. which make the preposterous claim president trump wanted or expected the riots that took place last week. he clearly said he wanted
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peaceful and patriotic demonstration. he did say he wanted people to fight like hell or we're not going to have a country anymore, but that's obviously standard hyperbole and not meant to aim at physical fights. but what is offensive is what you are saying in inflammatory about the tens of thousands of peaceful protesters there last week as well as tens of millions of people they represent. you don't understand why they were here. they're scared to death we're going back to the days without donald trump of hundreds of thousands of people crossing this border every month. they're scared to death our, nobody's going to keep our manufacturing here. they're scared to death that nobody else will fight the canceled culture as we head towards an era when some things can't be said, scared to death a majority party got here teaming up with black lives matter, a bunch, founded by marches and that this -- >> gentleman's time expired. the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve? >> reserve. >> the gentleman from new york
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is recognized. >> madam speaker i yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from california, mr. garamgaramendi. >> recognized 30 seconds. >> madam speaker, i rise today determined to fulfill our sacred oath to protect and defend the constitution from all enemies foreigndomestic. it's a stain on our democracy pap riotous mob incited by the president stormed these very halls, beat and murdered police officers, planted pipe bombs and left our nation shocked and in mourning. the president's rhetoric, actions and refusal to accept responsibilities on an imminent threat to our nation, i vote to impeach the president. i urge my colleagues to do the say. >> time skyred. gentleman from new york reserves. gentleman from ohio recognized. >> we reserve. >> gentleman from ohio reserves. gentleman from new york is recognized. >> i yield 30 seconds to the
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gentleman from illinois. >> the gentleman from illinois is recognized 30 seconds. >> madam speaker, my parents brought me as an infant to america because they knew it's the land of democracy. it's the beacon of hope for all of the world. we called it the american dream. when donald trump told rioters to go to the capitol and quote/unquote fight like hell, he incited an attack on the capitol and the ideals comprising the american dream. i'm voting for impeachment, because i know we're still the country my parents believed in. and i will fight like hell for it. i yield back. >> the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> reserve. >> the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york. >> madam speaker i yield 30 seconds to genlaetle lady from michigan. >> recognized 30 seconds. >> madam chair, on wednesday the
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6th democrats and republicans hid on the floor put on gas masks and ushered out of this room. we in this country cannot begin healing in unity without accountability and justice. the president of the united states incited a violent insurrection against congress, you, me, and the vice president of the united states. this cannot be ignored. impeach now. thank you, madam chair. >> the genwoman yields back. gentleman from new york reserves. gentleman from ohio recognized. >> reserve. >> the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker i yield 20 seconds to distinguished gentle lady from california. >> the genetle lady is
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recognized. >> an attempted coup against the heart of our democracy, the united states capitol. this heinous act of domestic act of terrorist calls for this president to be removed. a threat to our national security and democracy and wholly unget to serve as president. he and his supporters must be held account football for inciting violence against the government of the united states. congress must act immediately to remove this clear and present daker to our country. it's time to impeach donald trump again. >> time expired. gentleman from new york reserves. gentleman from ohio recognized. >> i yield one minute to the gentle lady from california. >> the gentle woman is recognized one minute. >> thank you. madam speaker, i am against the impeachment effort by the democrats. president trump has held over 600 rallies in the last four years. none of them included assaulting police, destroying businesses or burning down cities.
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democrats have spent all this time endorsing and enabling violent riots that left billions in property damage and 47 dead across the united states. democrats are on record supporting violence when it serves their cause and in their own words on social media, on interviews, and on fund-raising platform platforms @blue. when it's someone else's home and business democrats will take away everyone's guns as long as they have guards with guns. democrat impeachment of president trump today set the standard that they should be removed for their support of violence against the american people. >> time expired. >> i yield back. >> the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker i yield 30
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seconds to the distinguished gentleman from michigan. >> the gentleman from michigan is recognized for 30 seconds. >> madam speaker, for two months donald trump useded biggest megaphone in the world to organize a campaign of outright lies to overturn a free and fair election. on january 6th he summoned and incite add mob of domestic terrorists to fight like hell and sent them to ransack the capitol to prevent us from formalizing election laws. a grow toefgtesque orgy of stro rule. today we will do our duty and vote to remove author of this orifying chapter and banish him from public service. i yield back. >> can i -- inquire on time again? >> the gentleman from ohio has 20 minutes remaining. and the gentleman from new york has 21.75 minutes remaining.
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>> we reserve. >> gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker i yield 30 seconds to distinguished gentleman from california. >> the gentleman from california recognized 30 seconds. >> madam speaker, what each of us chooses to do today, whether we vote to hold this president to account or look the other way, we will be remembered by history, by our chin and their children the facts are clear. the evidence of trump's insurrection overwhelming. history calls on us to do what's right rather than just politically expedient. let us look back on this day with honor. not disgrace. knowing we were up to the oath we all took. thank you. i yield back. >> the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> we reserve. >> gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the gentle lady from
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virginia. >> recognized for 30 seconds. >> thank you. madam speaker, the perpetrators of this heinous attack on our democracy were americans, encouraged and emboldened by president trump, because he could not accept the outcome of a free and fair election. his actions are seditious, and the president has proven that he is not fit to serve. history will look back on this moment to see who stood strong in support of american democracy. as my colleague just said, we must come together, but our nation cannot begin to heal until there is a good -- >> time expired. >> -- of atrocity -- i yield back. >> the gentleman reserves. gentleman from ohio. >> i yield one minute to the gentleman from georgia. >> the gentleman from georgia, is it? >> gentleman from georgia. one minute. >> recognized.
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>> madam speaker i rise today in opposition of the effort to impeach president trump. this will send disunity across the country and flies in the face of healing the nation. a shameful act of political retribution. retribution this president weathered sis day one. no doubt those who breached tz the capitol will have due process and their day in court, however, no investigation in the people's house whether the allegation against the president meets the criteria fo a crime worthy of impeachment. no evidence was prebtsented, no due process afforded. setting an extremely dangerous precedent for the future. if my democratic colleagues were serious to get to the truth they would convene the house judiciary committee and investigate but they are not. i am proud to stand before you to defend our president from the injustices my democrat colleagues are giddy to pursue and oppose this effort to
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impeach the president and ask all members of the house to do the same. i yield back. >> yields back. gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. gentleman from new york is recognizeds. >> madam speaker, i yield 30 seconds to distinguished gentle lady from georgia. >> the genwoman from gaff is recognized 30 seconds. >> thank. i rise with a heavy heart for what our nation endured. all of those who have incited an attack on the halls of freedom in every generation americans of all colors and creeds laid down their lives in struggles against tyranny, fascism and defense again those who betrayed what this nation was founded on. it's our duty to shelter our democracy today. the president's actions laid bear for contest of the constitution and must be removed. >> gentleman from new york reserves. gentleman from ohio. gentleman from ohio?
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wishes to -- >> we reserve. >> reserve. the gentleman from new york is reco recognized. >> i yield 30 seconds to mr. meeks from new york. >> the gentleman from new york recognized with 30 seconds. >> the allem insurreshgzists that stormed the capitol did not evolve out of a vacuum. lied to by republican and congressmen and women and incited to violence by one man above all else. donald trump tried to be ultimate ruler of our democracy. world is watching, allies and adversaries are watches and we must show them no one will rule this country and be above the law. the cameras are history are rolling. we must act. we must impeach donald j. trump to show the world that we will stand for right. >> the gentleman from new york reserves. gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker.
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i yield one minute to the gentleman from utah. >> the gentleman from utah recognized one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. last wednesday on my third day i realized that i can make hard and seemingly unpopular decisions. voting to strip electoral college votes from states is a dangerous precedent. set by democrats, many years ago, perpetuated by my party as well. i heard nothing in the debates that justified such a high bar. a rushed impeachment will set a similar precedent without a single hearing or investigation, i simply cannot reach the high bar of impeachment. to my district, i commit to constantly being objective in all of my decision-making. and as i abandoned remainder of my remarks, as i listen to this debate, it's no wonder our nation is divided. we are on an absolute race to the bottom, and i was hoping that last week we could have hit
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rock bottom. i commit to doing better and i hope we all can dig in and find a way. thank you. >> the gentleman yields back his time. gentleman from ohio. reserves. gentleman from new york recognized. >> madam speaker i yield 30 seconds to gentle lady from ohio. >> the gentlewoman in new york is recognized 30 seconds. >> thank you. domestic terrorists attacked our democracy, urged on by a sitting. these insurrectionists being donald trump's lies about the stolen election obeyed his cobble to attack and literally carried his banner storming the capitol. last week's insurrection was shocking and tragic. it was a culmination of four years of assaults on our democracy. we must impeach this president, and a congressional black caucus stands ready to join in a
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bipartisan message to the likes of donald trump. >> time expired. gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> madam speaker, we reserve. >> gentleman from ohio reserves. gentleman from new york? >> madam speaker i now yield 30 seconds to the gentle lady from wisconsin, ms. moore. >> the gentlewoman from wisconsin recognized 30 seconds. >> madam speaker, the president radicalized american citizens and as his vice president fled from a lynch mob, the speaker cowered while people died, he watched with glee. that is why even though it's only seven days before end of his term we have the fierce urgency of now. seven days is too long for him to be in power. he could declassify state
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secrets. he could monetize national secrets to foreign adversaries. >> time expired. >> and even pardon the person who kills our u.s. capitol police officers. >> time expired. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. i yield one minute to the -- yield one minute to the gentleman from texas, mr. arrington. >> the gentleman from texas recognized one minute. >> m >> i rise a baseless impeachment from my democrat colleagues. this week many attacks on the u.s. capitol was completely unacceptable and the people involved should be met with swift accountability. the president didn't incite a riot. the president didn't lead an insurrection, and there are no high crimes and misdemeanors rec kwab zit of impeachment. i'm not saying the president didn't exercise poor judgment, but to criminalize political
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speech blaming lawless acts on the president's rhetoric is wrong, madam speaker, and a very dangerous precedent. the criminals who stormed the capitol that day acted on their own volition. they are responsible for their actions. this is an important moment, madam speaker for our nation. we have the opportunity to come together and be do what's right for our country. the votes are certified. president trump is conceded. let's focus on the future and get back to the people's business. i yield back. >> gentleman yields back. the gentleman from ohio reserves. >> yes. >> the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker i yield 30 seconds to distinguished lady from illinois. >> recognized 30 seconds. >> thank you, madam speaker. it's an honor to speak today. so today i stand with this body to impeach this president. i agree with my democratic colleagues. i also agree with my republican colleagues. let's unite.
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let's unite to address this pandemic and start by simply wearing a mask. let's unite to bring back the economy and start by putting $2,000 checks in people's pockets, and let's unite to hold these domestic terrorists accountable, and impeach this president. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. >> gentleman from new york reserves. gentleman from ohio recognized. >> reserve. >> gentleman from ohio reserves. gentleman from new york -- >> madam speaker, how much time do i have, please? >> the gentleman from new york has 18.25 minute and gentleman from ohio -- 17 minutes remaining. >> thank you very much. i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentleman from new jersey. >> the gentleman from notch recognizeds 30 seconds. . thank you, madam speaker. i rise today a time of historical concern. last week on this very house
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floor an attack on democracy. that symbol, but it was an attack from within. this very floor. let's be clear. cause and effect. rally at the white house. march down pennsylvania avenue. a parade in reverse, and then attack to this chamber. a police officer was killed. and when i hear, it's time to hear, he's not even buried yet. it's clear and present danger. no one is above the law. not the president, if he has four years or four days. we must do the right thing for all americans, because he must be held accountable and i yield back. >> gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio. >> yield one minute to the gentle lady from indiana. >> the genwoman from indiana recognized one minute. >> madam speaker, i appreciate a variety of opinions, but any
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accusations must go through the proper due process. whether it's election fraud or in an impeachable offense. someone who did not support objection to certification last week, i will not support this political charade today. the rule of law and due process is vital to what our constitutional republic stands for. congress should stop playing divisive politics and start working on delivering real, good quality for the american people. i yield back. >> the genwoman yields back. the genwoman from ohio reserves his time and gentleman from new york is recognized. >> i yield 30 seconds to distinguished gentleman from california. >> the gentleman from california recognized for 30 seconds. >> a week ago was the culmination of carnage caused to our country by this president. four years ago he said he would stop such devastation.
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instead the president continued to debaste our democracy with assaults on our elections and incitement at ellipse and battery of our capitol. american exceptionalism is not guaranteed. we must always work to grow it and includes our work today to hold president trump accountable. american carnage started with this president, a vote for impeachment will stop it for our prostrarity. i yield back. >> gentleman yields back. gentleman from new york reserves. gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> we reserve. >> gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york -- >> madam speaker, i yield 30 seconds to distinguished gentleman from wisconsin. >> the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized for 30 seconds. >> thank you, madam chairman. the u.s. capitol has not been reached over 200 years since the war of 1812, until last week not another country attacked us but our own president. president donald trump asked his supporters to march on the capitol inciting domestic
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terrorism that cost five lives including a capitol police officer. and we all know whether you say it aloud or not, donald trump is responsible for inciting the attacks on our democracy he should have been the one person protecting it the most. for that he is unfit to be be president and e must impeach him. >> gentleman's time expired. gentleman from new york reserves. gentleman from ohio. >> yield 90 seconds to the gentleman from texas. >> the gentleman from texas is yielded 90 seconds. >> thank you. gentleman from ohio. president from the united states deserves universal impeachable contact. pressuring the vice president to violate his oath of the constitution to county lectors. open and public pressure courageously rejected by the vice president purposely seeded the false belief among president's supporters including those assembled january 6th there was a legal path to the president. foreseeable and reckless to
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serve a false belief leading to violence and rioting loyal supporters into a frenzy. unfortunately my democrats colleagues drafted articling that are flawed and unsupportable. even noting impeachment does not require meeting a certainly legal standard that danger for open speech and debate in this body and debate is high. if the house approves articles as written. language will be used to target members of this body under sebz 3 of the 14th amendment and used to suggest statements we may subject to review by colleagues and send ut down a perilous path of speech in the public square. end this. condemn that which must be condemned and do it loudly in the right way. with deliberation and without disastrous side effects. end tearing apart our nation by social media and soundbites. let us stop. let us debate. let us sit down and lead this nation together. i yield back. >> gentleman yields back.
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gentleman from ohio reserves. gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker i yield 30 seconds to squished gentle lady from new york. >> the gentle woman from new york recognized 30 seconds. >> madam speaker, this vote is not about one man, one party even one day. it's about protecting our nation, sdpreserving democracy d the rule of law. facts are indisputed. president trump use add litany of lies about stolen election and willfully incited an armed insurrection with intent of stopping the peaceful transfer of power. he attacked not just the capitol, not just congress. he even attacked democracy itself. that's why he must be impeached. >> time sdpexpired, i yield bac >> gentleman from ohio recognize. >> we reserve. >> gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. gentleman from new york
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recognized, i now yield 30 seconds to distinguished gentleman from north carolina. >> the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for 30 seconds. >> madam chairman, the president engaged in impeachable contact threatening to our democracy. pressed state officials and members of this body to overturn a legitimate election and keep him in power. then invited and activate add violent mob to invade the capitol and achieve his desired result by insurrection. if that is not impeachable contact, i don't know what is. the president must be removed from office immediately and never allowed to hold ochs again. our democracy requires it. >> time expired. gentleman from new york? >> reserve. >> reserves. gentleman from ohio. >> thank you, madam speaker. i would yield one minute to the gentleman from texas. >> thank you, chair. >> the gentleman's recognized one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker.
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last summer antifa and rights swept across country. businesses burnt, lives violently stolen, wasn't just an afternoon like the horrible hours january 6th but rather went on for weeks and in some cases even months. so if there's any silver lining in this dark cloud it's that our friends from across the aisle have come to realize riots are bad. we conservatives have known this all along. this snap impeachment is a sham and didn't go through the judiciary committee and not even about the president's actual words, but about how our democratic colleagues want to interpret his words and fashion a particular meaning to them. this is just political grandstanding at its worst. the american people desperately want us to move on and tackle issues and find solutions to them forthwith. madam speak let's end this obsession and charade and get to to work. i yield back. >> gentleman yields back. gentleman from ohio wishes to,
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reserve? the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve? >> yeah. we reserve. >> the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from illinois, mr. quigley. >> the gentleman from illinois is recognized 30 seconds. >> madam speaker, now we hear talk of the president's notion of peaceful transfer of power, which apparently means, what? minimal casualties? now we hear talk of healing after the criminal acts are completed. never as a criminal defense attorney say, yeah, my judge completed the armed robbery. let's heal now. there was accountability. accountable then, should be now and should be impeachment now. thank you, and i yield back. >> the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> reserved. >> gentleman from ohio reserves, gentleman from new york recognized. >> i yield 30 seconds to distinguished gentle lady from
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north carolina, a new member of the committee, ms. ross. >> the genwoman from north carolina recognized 30 seconds. >> i rise today in support of the article of impeachment. the president's responsibility for the violence and insurrection that violence and insurrection last wednesday cannot go unanswered. the president has had multiple opportunities to modify his behavior to bring this country together. instead, he uses his power to further divide us. he is unrepentant. congress must act for the good of this country. madam speaker, i yield back my time. >> the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> thank you. i would yield one minute to the gentleman from virginia, mr. god. >> the gentleman from virginia is recognized for one minute. >> thank you. i stand today in support of president trump and against this sham impeachment proceeding with literally one week, seven days, remaining in his term. this is mere lit culmination of
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a four-year effort to overturn the will of the people and the results of the 2016 election. this is simply a political action intended to tarnish the legacy of a highly successful president who led us to an incredible economy, energy independence, reduction of taxes for millions, regulatory relief for businesses, renewed peace in the middle east and stronger border security. this action will only serve to further offend the 75 million people who voted for president trump and further deepen the division within our nation as we try to move forward with a peaceful transition of power. however, the democrat majority has determined he's already guilty and there's no need of a trial and they therefore will move forward quickly. the today i join my republican colleagues in standing against this further effort to divide our nation. thank you and i yield back. >> the gentleman yield back. the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentleman from texas.
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>> the gentleman from texas is recognized for 30 seconds. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise in support of the impeachment. it's very simple. what we saw on january 6th was a person, the president of the united states, incited a crowd to come and attack the capitol. we have to make sure that we stand up for democracy. if we don't do this, then what are we going to stand for? we stand for democracy. we stand for american values and i stand for the impeachment of donald trump. i yield back the before my time. >> the gentleman yield back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> madam speaker, rewe reserve. >> the gentleman wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york. >> madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentlelady from pennsylvania, miss scanlon. >> the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized for 30 seconds. >> on january 6th, president trump launched an attack against the united states capitol. i, too, urge my colleagues to unite but to unite in love of
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country and to hold this president accountable. what unites our country is respect for the rule of law. without accountability for those who would shatter the rule of law by overturning a presidential election, we cannot take seriously the cries of being a united people. this president remains a serious threat to our country and must be held accountable. >> the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> madam speaker, we reserve. >> he chooses to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentleman from georgia, mr. scott. >> the gentleman from georgia is recognized for 30 seconds. >> thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, let me make everybody aware that on those just sun-bleached bones of
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history of many great nations are written those pathetic words, too late. they moved too late. to save their great nations. let us not this day to move too late to save our nations. >> the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york continues -- wishes to reserve. the gentleman from ohio is recognized >> thank you madam speaker. i would yield one minute to the gentleman from south carolina, mr. norman. >> the gentleman from south carolina is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise for two reasons, one to voice my strong opposition for the impeachment of this president with seven days left. i also want to voice my support for the strong police department. many of you want to defund. where was your cries to defund when you were leaving this office this very room last -- on
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the 6th? hythe of hypocrisy. i yield back. >> members are kindly reminded to -- to remind yourself to address your remarks to the chair. the gentleman from ohio wishes to re >> every we do, madam speaker. >> the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker, i yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentleman from california, mr. sherman. >> the gentleman from california is recognized for 30 seconds. >> ironic an administration begins by building an unnecessary wall on our southern are border. it ends by making necessary a new wall around this capitol. i introduced articles of impeachment. in july of 2017 with one co-sponsor, al greene, and again in january of 2019, and on monday night i joined with so many of us in introducing these
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articles. i've introduced articles of impeachment in the 115th, 116th and 117th congress because donald trump has continuously posed a danger to this. >> the gentleman's time from expire. >> the gentleman from new york wishes to reserve. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> madam speaker, i would yield one minute to the gentleman from florida, mr. mast. >> the gentleman from florida is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker, i rise with a very simple question. on january 6th, thousands broke the law by taking seem of our capitol here with us inside. has any one of those individuals who brought violence on this capitol been brought here to answer whether they did that because of our president?
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it appears i will receive no answer. i will yield my time back to the gentleman from ohio. >> the gentleman yields back. the jgentleman from ohio wishes to reserve his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentleman from arizona, mr. stanton. >> the gentleman from arizona is recognized for 30 seconds. >> donald trump is the first president in the history of this republic to incite a violent insurrection against our own government, against our own people. it is a shock betrayal of his ost office and our american values. we don't know yet if the president will face criminal charges, but we do know he must
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be held to account. each one of news this house took an oath to protect and defend our constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, even if that enemy is the president. we must move forward as a nation from these darkest days, but we can't move forward without accountability. >> the gentleman's time has expired. >> we must impeach this president. i yield black. >> the gentleman from new york reserves and the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> madam chair, we reserve. >> the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentlelady from michigan, missches stevens. >> the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized for 30 seconds. >> insurrection, a violent mob, a week ago today five people were killed, many injured and everyone in this building forced to hide for their very life. the president was called for help, but he did not answer our
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call while our government was being taken over. he failed to lead and therefore proved himself incapable of doing so. some may say impeachment is political. some may cry it is divisive, but madam speaker, our obligation is to our constitution is -- >> the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio. >> madam speaker, we reserve. >> the jet reserves. the gentleman from new york. >> i yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from california, mr. tacano. >> madam speaker, i rise today in support of the impeachment of president donald trump. the gravity of the moment demands it and the fate of our republic depends on it. he committed an impeachable offense by inciting a deadly and violent insurrection at the u.s. capitol. for this congress must hold him accountable to preserve our democracy, our constitution and the rule of law.
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he should serve not one minute more and be barred forever from public office. he's toxic to our republic and toxic to our democracy. i yield back. >> the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york wishes to reserve. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. democrats can say, quote, i just don't even know why there aren't uprights all over the country while there are uprisings happening around the country, but they impeach the president of the united states for saying peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard. democrats can say, quote, you know, there needs to be unrest in the streets. while there is unrest in the streets, but they are going to impeach the president for saying peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard. let's be consistent, all of us. all of us need to be consistent and condemn the violence all the time, and with that i yield one minute to the gentlelady from new mexico.
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