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House to vote on impeaching Trump Wednesday

A trio of House Democrats close to leadership on Monday introduced a single article of impeachment against President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE, charging him with inciting a mob of his supporters to carry out a violent attack on the Capitol in a bid to overturn Joe BidenJoe BidenBudowsky: A Biden-McConnell state of emergency summit DC might win US House vote if it tries Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models MORE’s election victory.

The article, co-authored by Reps. David CicillineDavid CicillineHouse formally sends impeachment to Senate, putting Trump on trial for Capitol riot K Street navigates virtual inauguration week Washington state rep joins list of Republicans voting to impeach Trump MORE (D-R.I.), Ted LieuTed W. LieuHouse formally sends impeachment to Senate, putting Trump on trial for Capitol riot House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis Washington state rep joins list of Republicans voting to impeach Trump MORE (Calif.) and Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinHouse formally sends impeachment to Senate, putting Trump on trial for Capitol riot Inauguration parties lose the glitz and glamour in 2021 This week: Tensions running high in Trump's final days MORE (Md.), states that Trump engaged in high crimes and misdemeanors by “willfully inciting violence against the Government of the United States.” 

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Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Congressional leaders present Biden, Harris with flags flown during inauguration LIVE INAUGURATION COVERAGE: Biden signs executive orders; press secretary holds first briefing MORE (D-Md.) told rank-and-file Democrats on a private call Monday afternoon that the impeachment vote will be held on Wednesday. 

In a speech outside the White House before Wednesday's assault, Trump falsely claimed that he had won the election and urged thousands of his fans to march to the Capitol to support his GOP allies, using phrases like “you have to show strength” and “if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore.”

Five people, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, died as the pro-Trump mob stormed the building to stop House and Senate lawmakers from certifying the Electoral College results. The Capitol now is the scene of a federal murder investigation.

Threats were heard against Vice President Pence and individual lawmakers, including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOklahoma man who videotaped himself with his feet on desk in Pelosi's office during Capitol riot released on bond House formally sends impeachment to Senate, putting Trump on trial for Capitol riot With another caravan heading North, a closer look at our asylum law MORE (D-Calif.).

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“[I]ncited by President Trump, members of the crowd he had addressed, in an attempt to … interfere with the Joint Session’s solemn constitutional duty to certify the results of the 2020 Presidential election, unlawfully breached and vandalized the Capitol, injured and killed law enforcement personnel, menaced Members of Congress, the Vice President and Congressional personnel, and engaged in other violent, deadly, destructive, and seditious acts,” the impeachment article states.

“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 transfer of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States," the article continues.

Pelosi has told Democrats they will move forward with an impeachment vote immediately if Pence and the Cabinet do not invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from power.

Upping the pressure on Pence and the Republicans, Hoyer, during Monday’s brief pro-forma session, requested that Raskin’s 25th Amendment resolution be passed by unanimous consent. That resolution calls on Pence to “convene and mobilize” the Cabinet and vote to strip Trump of his powers.

But Rep. Alex MooneyAlexander (Alex) Xavier MooneyRepublicans block 25th Amendment resolution to oust Trump House to vote on impeaching Trump Wednesday READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (R-W.Va.), a Trump ally, objected.

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After the exchange, Hoyer told reporters that the full House will stage a vote on the Raskin resolution on Tuesday, then take up impeachment. 

No decision has been made by Pelosi and her team about whether the House should immediately send the impeachment article to the Senate after passage. Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), who is close to Biden, has pushed for the House to delay sending the article across the Capitol to give the new president more time to confirm his nominees, set up his administration and begin tackling his 100-day agenda. 

But Hoyer, Cicilline and many others said the situation is too dire and urgent to delay.  

“I think we should pass it and the Senate should take it up immediately,” Cicilline said.

This story was updated at 3 p.m.