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Trump stares down new impeachment threat

President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE is facing a new threat with less than two weeks left in his presidency as House Democrats inch closer to impeaching him for a second time.

Lawmakers have signaled their division in the aftermath of Wednesday’s riot, which saw Trump supporters storm the Capitol — breaking windows, ransacking offices, and destroying artifacts and other parts of the historic building in the process.

Democrats and GOP lawmakers alike have placed responsibility for the attacks on Trump, who at a rally earlier in the day urged his supporters to march to the Capitol while repeating his disputed claims of a “stolen” election. 

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Trump faced further condemnation for social media posts he made during the riot, including one in which he asked his supporters to retreat while simultaneously praising the mob, calling them "very special people" and saying he loved them.

Twitter has since permanently suspended Trump’s account, and both Facebook and Snapchat also issued indefinite suspensions for Trump on their platforms. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Biden unveils virus plan and urges patience | Fauci says it's 'liberating' working under Biden | House to move quickly on COVID-19 relief Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 On The Money: Pelosi says House will move immediately on COVID-19 relief | Biden faces backlash over debt | 900,000 more Americans file for unemployment benefits MORE (D-Calif.) on Friday said that if Trump does not resign over his role in inciting the riot, which resulted in five deaths, she has directed the House Rules Committee to quickly take up a motion to impeach Trump as well as legislation to create a commission that can declare that the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

This came after Pelosi earlier this week suggested that House lawmakers would move to impeach Trump if Vice President Pence and other Cabinet officials did not remove the president by invoking the 25th Amendment.

Pence reportedly opposes using the 1967 amendment, which ensures that the government remains in operation should a sitting president be deemed unfit to perform essential duties.  

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A trio of Democratic lawmakers — Reps. David CicillineDavid CicillineK Street navigates virtual inauguration week Washington state rep joins list of Republicans voting to impeach Trump Growing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment MORE (R.I.), Ted LieuTed W. LieuHouse Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis Washington state rep joins list of Republicans voting to impeach Trump Growing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment MORE (Calif.) and Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinInauguration parties lose the glitz and glamour in 2021 This week: Tensions running high in Trump's final days Democratic lawmaker says 'assassination party' hunted for Pelosi during riot MORE (Md.) — is preparing to introduce new articles of impeachment against Trump as soon as Monday’s pro forma session. The articles would address both Trump’s role in the Capitol siege and his months-long refusal to accept his election defeat.

Trump for the first time acknowledged his loss in taped remarks Thursday, saying “a new administration will be inaugurated on Jan. 20” and his “focus now turns to ensuring a smooth orderly and seamless transition of power.” 

Trump, however, in one of his final tweets before he was banned from Twitter, announced he would not be attending President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenRev. Barber says best way to undercut extremism is with honesty Biden requires international travelers to quarantine upon arrival to US Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 MORE’s inauguration, breaking with more than a century of tradition. 

With the Jan. 20 inauguration approaching, many have questioned what a Trump impeachment trial would look like with a new president already in the Oval Office. 

Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial McConnell proposes postponing impeachment trial until February For Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief MORE (R-Ky.) on Friday circulated a memo to his colleagues outlining the procedure for holding another impeachment trial for Trump. 

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The document, which was first reported by The Washington Post, lays out how the Senate would proceed if the House approves articles of impeachment and transmits them to the upper chamber before or by Jan. 19, when senators are scheduled to resume regular business after the January recess.

McConnell says the most likely scenario is for the Senate to receive a message from the lower chamber notifying it of the impeachment action on Jan. 19. That would then give the Senate the option of ordering the House impeachment managers to present those articles on the same day.

Senate impeachment rules say that at 1 p.m. on the day after the managers exhibit the articles, the Senate “must proceed to their consideration,” the memo states. 

As a result, the Senate trial would not begin until one hour after Biden takes the oath of office. 

In the White House’s first public remarks on a potential impeachment, spokesperson Judd DeereJudd DeereHere's how presidents move into the White House in just hours on Inauguration Day Pence's relationship with Trump fractures in final days Trump stares down new impeachment threat MORE said in a statement Friday that “a politically motivated impeachment against a President with 12 days remaining in his term will only serve to further divide our great country.” 

Republican lawmakers have also warned against an impeachment so close to Inauguration Day, with Rep. Tom ReedTom ReedGOP senators praise Biden's inauguration speech The Hill's 12:30 Report: House moves toward second impeachment LIVE COVERAGE: House votes to impeach Trump after Capitol insurrection MORE (N.Y.) telling The Hill on Friday that “it's more important to focus on healing and doing a peaceful transition of power as the president himself has conceded where we are and impeachment just inflames those that believe this election has been stolen.” 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyMcCarthy supports Cheney remaining in leadership amid calls for her to step down The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden hits the ground running on COVID Biden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear MORE (R-Calif.) also said Friday that he believes “impeaching the President with just 12 days left in his term will only divide our country more.”

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntBipartisan Senate gang to talk with Biden aide on coronavirus relief A Day in Photos: The Biden Inauguration GOP senator calls Biden's COVID-19 relief plan a 'non-starter' MORE (R-Mo.) likewise dismissed impeachment calls, arguing that “it's a ridiculous discussion to have” and he has “enough decisions to make about things that can happen rather than to spend time on things that can't happen.” 

So far, Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Upton becomes first member of Congress to vote to impeach two presidents The Hill's Morning Report - Trump impeached again; now what? MORE (Ill.) is the only House Republican to publicly back invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, and Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiFor Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief Bipartisan Senate gang to talk with Biden aide on coronavirus relief The Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' MORE (Alaska) on Friday became the first GOP senator to call for Trump's resignation

The Hill's Alexander Bolton contributed.