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Rabu, 13 Januari 2021

House voting on Donald Trump impeachment, Republicans reportedly 'afraid for their lives' - NEWS.com.au

It is expected to pass, given the Democrats control a majority in the House. We also know at least seven Republicans will support it.

“This is a sad day in our republic, but not as sad or disheartening as the violence we witnessed in the Capitol,” Republican Congressman Dan Newhouse said during the impeachment debate in the chamber today.

“My colleagues are responsible for not condemning rioters this past year, like those who barricaded the doors of the Seattle police department and 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.

“We must all do better. These articles of impeachment are flawed. But 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.”

Most of Mr Newhouse’s colleagues say the impeachment process is being rushed, and risks further inflaming divisions in the country.

“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,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said.

“What’s more, the Senate has confirmed that no trial will begin until after president-elect Biden is sworn in.

“A vote to impeach would further divide this nation. A vote to impeach would further fan the flames of partisan division.”

Meanwhile, Mr Trump has released a statement urging his supporters to engage in no further violence.

“In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind,” Mr Trump said (emphasis his).

“That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and and calm tempers. Thank you.”

Read on for the latest news.

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That's the end of the debate. The House is now voting.

We expect the article of impeachment to pass. Let's see what the final margin is.

A seventh Republican, Congressman Peter Meijer, has announced he will vote in favour of impeachment.

"We saw profiles in courage during the assault on the Capitol," Mr Meijer said in a statement, citing police officers, members of Congress and Vice President Mike Pence.

"There was no such courage from our President, who betrayed and misled millions with claims of a 'stolen election' and encouraged loyalists that 'if you don't fight like hell you're not going to have a country anymore'.

"The one man who could have restored order, prevented the deaths of five Americans and avoided the desecration of our Capitol shrank from leadership when our country needed it most.

"As gallows were erected on Capitol grounds and members of the mob chanted, 'Hang Mike Pence,' the President assailed the Vice President regarding the certification vote.

"The President also released a video expressing his admiration for those who stormed the Capitol while Congress was still under attack.

"Since last week, the President has accepted no responsibility for the violence his rhetoric and actions inspired.

"I have wrestled with the division this vote will cause. I wrestled with the precedent it will establish and I have concerns with due process.

"But today, my job is to apply my best judgment to the article of impeachment that is on the floor. With the facts at hand, I believe the article of impeachment to be accurate.

"The President betrayed his oath of office by seeking to undermine our constitutional process, and he bears responsibility for inciting the violent acts of insurrection last week."

President Trump betrayed his oath of office by seeking to undermine our constitutional process, and he bears responsibility for inciting the insurrection we suffered last week. With a heavy heart, I will vote to impeach President Donald J. Trump. pic.twitter.com/SREfFp0nd2

— Rep. Peter Meijer (@RepMeijer) January 13, 2021
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You may have seen the photos earlier of all the National Guard troops currently inside the Capitol.

Congressman Seth Moulton, a Democrat, brought that up during his brief remarks on impeachment.

"There are more troops right now in Washington D.C. than in Afghanistan, and they are here to defend us against the commander-in-chief, the President of the United States, and his mob," said Mr Moulton.

"I would ask my colleagues to look at the faces of those young Americans defending democracy, defending us, and find an ounce of their courage to do the right thing, as several Republicans have."

We are approaching the end of the debate, which means a vote will happen soon.

"There are more troops right now in Washington DC than in Afghanistan. And they are here to defend us against the commander in chief, the president of the United States and his mob," Rep. Seth Moulton says. pic.twitter.com/ZXiT1B52hZ

— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 13, 2021
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CBS reports Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has written to his Republican colleagues, stressing that he has not yet made a decision on impeachment.

"While the press has been full of speculation, I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate," Mr McConnell said.

This has also been confirmed by CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins.

Per his office, what McConnell said to GOP senators: "While the press has been full of speculation, I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate.”

— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 13, 2021
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Eric Swalwell, a Democratic Congressman and one of the party's 2020 presidential candidates – rest assured, no one else remembers him either – is in some hot water after comparing Donald Trump to al-Qaeda terrorist Osam bin Laden.

He did this during an appearance on PBS.

“Osama bin Laden did not enter US soil on September 11, but it was widely acknowledged he was responsible for inspiring the attack on our country,” Mr Swalwell said.

“But the President, with his words – using the words 'fight', with the speakers that he assembled that day who called for ‘trial by combat’ and said we have to 'take names and kick ass' – that is hate speech that inspired and radicalised people to storm the Capitol.”

The program's host, Judy Woodruff, asked whether Mr Swalwell was indeed intending to compare the US President to bin Laden.

“I’m comparing the words of an individual who would incite and radicalize somebody, as Osama bin Laden did, to what President Trump did,” he responded.

“You don’t actually have to commit the violence yourself, but if you call others to violence, that itself is a crime.”

WATCH: Eric Swalwell compares Trump to Osama Bin Laden in PBS News interview pic.twitter.com/w8SIaDZYGL

— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) January 13, 2021
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A group of about 30 members of Congress, led by Democrat Mikie Sherrill, has written to Capitol Police requesting an investigation into the visitors allowed into the Capitol the day before the riot, on January 5.

"Many of the members who signed this letter, including those of us who have served in the military and are trained to recognise suspicious activity, as well as various members of our staff, witnessed an extremely high number of outside groups in the complex," Ms Sherrill says.

"This is unusual for several reasons, including the fact that access to the Capitol Complex has been restricted since public tours ended in March of last year due to the pandemic."

The uptick in visitors was so noticeable that it got reported to the sergeant at arms on January 5.

Yesterday, Ms Sherrill claimed to have witnessed some Republican members of Congress leading visitors in what she called "reconnaissance" the building.

Republican Congresswoman (and QAnon conspiracy theorist) Marjorie Taylor Greene delivered her speech to the House wearing a face mask emblazoned with the word "CENSORED".

First things first – she was actually wearing a mask! That's good.

Others have already pointed out the irony of her mask, however, given she was giving a nationally televised speech in the US House of Representatives.

Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene is wearing a mask that has "censored" on it as she speaks in the House chamber to millions of viewers. pic.twitter.com/uFVc9Nctd9

— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) January 13, 2021
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Things got pretty wild on the floor of the House a short time ago as Matt Gaetz, one of Donald Trump's most vociferous supporters in Congress, called the Democrats hypocrites.

"It seems to me that impeachment isn't an itch that goes away with just one scratch," Mr Gaetz said.

"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. And 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 President correctly pointed out unconstitutional behaviour, voting irregularities, concerns over tabulations, dead people voting. And now, impeachment again."

Mr Trump was impeached the first time over his attempts to pressure a foreign government, Ukraine, into announcing an investigation of his chief political opponent, Joe Biden.

The President applied that pressure by withholding congressionally approved military aid.

The House impeached him, but he was acquitted by the Senate, with only one Republican senator voting to remove him from office.

Mr Gaetz's reference to Ms Clinton "colluding with Russians" was an allusion to the Steele dossier, an opposition research document compiled during the 2016 election campaign.

The Mueller investigation, which he labelled "the Russia hoax", led to the prosecution and conviction of several Trump associates, most of whom the President has since pardoned.

The investigation did not find proof that Mr Trump had "colluded" with Russia, and it declined to reach a finding on whether or not the President obstructed justice in his attempts to stymie investigators.

Mr Gaetz's description of Mr Trump's claims about the 2020 election is incorrect. The President has made a great number of incendiary allegations, none of which have been substantiated. You can read about them in this breakdown of the various post-election lawsuits.

"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," Mr Gaetz continued.

"For months, our cities burned, police stations burned, our businesses were shattered, and they said nothing. Or they cheerled for it, and 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!"

He was shouting at this point, and the Democrats in the chamber were jeering back at him. His allotted time ran out before things could escalate any further.

WATCH: Rep. Matt Gaetz boo’d on the House floor during impeachment debate. pic.twitter.com/L9Z7HnMKwk

— Tony Morrison • ABC News (@THETonyMorrison) January 13, 2021
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President Trump has released a statement urging his supporters to engage in no further violence.

"In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind," Mr Trump says (emphasis his).

"That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and and calm tempers. Thank you."

A sixth Republican member of Congress, Dan Newhouse, has announced he will vote in favour of impeaching Donald Trump.

"This is a sad day in our republic, but not as sad or disheartening as the violence we witnessed in the Capitol," he said.

"My colleagues are responsible for not condemning rioters this past year, like those who barricaded the doors of the Seattle police department and 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.

"We must all do better. These articles of impeachment are flawed. But 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."

The Democrats in the chamber applauded him.

JUST IN: GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse applauded by some as he says he'll vote to impeach Pres. Trump.

"These articles of impeachment are flawed. But I will not use process as an excuse. There's no excuse for Pres. Trump's actions." https://t.co/vdtbbFfqdP pic.twitter.com/SWwdMvVsHg

— ABC News (@ABC) January 13, 2021
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