Call the Senate vote on Trump's removal and be done with it

Call the Senate vote on Trump's removal and be done with it

How he votes could sway other Republicans whose votes Trump needs to avoid conviction.

McConnell's public neutrality on impeachment is widely seen as an effort to restrain Trump's behaviour, with an acquittal largely contingent on Trump's ability to persuade his supporters not to incite more violence.

In a statement Thursday, Murkowski said the House was right to impeach Trump, who has "perpetrated false rhetoric that the election was stolen and rigged, even after dozens of courts ruled against these claims".

The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to impeach Trump on charges of incitement after his supporters rampaged in the Capitol.

The FBI has warned of possible armed protests planned for Washington DC and all 50 USA state capitals in the run-up to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday.

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talk to reporters in the Rose Garden following a lunch meeting at the White House October 16, 2017 in Washington, DC.

If it is to dominate national politics again, the Republican party needs to rebuild support, but the senior American conservatives I've been speaking to are divided on what his role will, or should, be going forward.

Amid the unprecedented security, reports said the US Secret Service is contemplating shutdown of the entire National Mall running from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial where people traditionally gather to celebrate the inauguration of a new president.

"It's one where there are different views in our conference".

While Trump's first impeachment in 2019 brought no Republican votes in the House, at least eight House Republicans announced in advance that they would break with the party to join Democrats this time, saying Trump violated his oath to protect and defend USA democracy.

The Republican party has not done well under his leadership.

Another Twitter user wrote: "When we peacefully protested BLM, we got teargassed, pepper sprayed, a CHILD GOT MACED, people were shot in the eyes, there were people bleeding from rubber bullets". That can't happen until we put the vote behind us. Trump ally Lindsey Graham of SC is building support for an alternative of launching a commission to investigate the siege.

As many as 10 Republicans joined forces with the Democrats to push through the Article of Impeachment at lightning speed.

The rare Republican votes to make Donald Trump the first president to be impeached by the House of Representatives twice sparked outbursts of anger and warnings about a political prize for breaking ranks with President Trump. But they aren't so sold on the Senate finding him guilty of the charge brought against him.

Multiple Republicans defended Trump's remarks as protected by the First Amendment of the United States constitution, which defends free speech.

Graham also had a message for incoming president Joe Biden, calling on him to stand up against the second impeachment of Trump, which the Senate is expected to take up after he leaves office.

Police are still searching for a man who planted two pipe bombs near the Capitol on 6 January. "There will be a vote on convicting the president for high crimes and misdemeanours".

That allows Trump to finish his term without being removed from office.

So what does it mean?

Biden ally Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said the tension among Democrats is over moving ahead quickly on impeachment or focusing on the president-elect's other priorities. In a note to colleagues, Mr McConnell said he had not made a final decision on how he would vote. After Trump's first impeachment, in 2019, she withheld the articles for some time to set the stage for the Senate action.

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