The House of Representatives will meet on Wednesday to debate and vote on whether to accuse President Trump of “inciting violence against the US government,” and to advance his second impeachment effort in less than 13 months.
Vice President Mike Pence expressed his refusal in a letter to Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday to deprive the president of power through the 25th Amendment.
The impeachment clause introduced by the Democrats on Monday aims to hold Mr. Trump accountable for inciting a group of supporters who stormed the Capitol last week, killing Capitol police officers, attacking lawmakers’ offices and stealing federal property. More specifically, it also invoked the “Fourteenth Amendment”
Members of the House of Representatives will gather at 9 am to begin the debate on the impeachment resolution.
Here is how to conduct the debate and points to note:
Where to look
The proceedings program can be streamed online on multiple platforms such as the House Clerk’s website, C-SPAN and YouTube. The “New York Times” will also provide audience videos and on-site analysis from reporters from 9 am.
Those who watched it on TV can find the full broadcast of the conference record on multiple networks including CNN and PBS.
What to pay attention to
The Democrats seem to have enough support to vote to impeach Mr. Trump. However, they moved forward at an extremely fast speed to promote the vote, which caused some Republican legislators to quarrel and propose other solutions, such as bipartisan measures to condemn the president.
Republicans in the House of Representatives, including New York State Representative John Katko (John Katko) and Wyoming State Liz Cheney (Liz Cheney), the third party in the House of Representatives, have stated that they will join the Democrats Support bullet ment. It is expected that more people who have not discussed their positions publicly will do the same on Wednesday.
Nevertheless, it is expected that the vast majority of Republicans will vote against Trump’s impeachment. Senior Republicans such as Kevin McCarthy, the representative of the minority leader California, even publicly criticized the upcoming vote.
But unlike the last time that the Republican opposition was impeached, the debate on Wednesday may show that there are ongoing differences within the party, as lawmakers on both sides have privately discussed the president’s behavior before and after the Capitol riots. The debate should reveal the willingness of Republicans to express these views publicly.
If the House of Representatives votes to impeach Trump as expected, Congress will turn its attention to the Senate, which may begin trials as early as next week.
Although President-elect Biden has postponed the process to Congress, he expressed concern that the political drama surrounding impeachment could be distracted from his policy agenda at the beginning of his presidency.
It is not clear when the Senate can conduct trials, but legal scholars have reached some consensus that the impeachment may still be completed even after Trump leaves office.
Mr. Biden proposed the possibility of “forking” the future procedures of the Senate, allowing some time to be spent in the trial while retaining a portion of the day for senators to concentrate on identifying their cabinet and other candidates.
After the Republicans voted by an overwhelming majority to declare his innocence, the last effort to impeach Mr. Trump was killed in the Senate, but this time may be different.
Some Republican senators condemned Trump’s actions and called on him to resign. The majority leader, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell (Mitch McConnell) has firmly supported the president in the past, and he privately worked with Democrats to consider banning Trump from holding public office.