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Pelosi signs article of impeachment charging Trump with incitement

Pelosi signs article of impeachment charging Trump with incitement
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Conspiracies? Let's investigate this one FBI investigating whether woman took Pelosi laptop, tried to sell it to Russians MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday, following a bipartisan vote in the House, officially signed the article of impeachment charging President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire MORE with inciting last week’s violent mob that overtook the Capitol.

While speaking to reporters ahead of the signing, Pelosi said that with the 232-197 vote in favor of impeachment, “the House demonstrated that no one is above the law, not even the president of the United States.”

She said the vote also signaled “that Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our country and that once again we honor our oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help us God.”

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“And now, I sadly and with a heart broken over what this means to our country, of a president who would incite insurrection, will sign the engrossment of the article of impeachment," Pelosi said before she moved to a table in front of other House Democratic leaders to sign the article.

Wednesday’s historic vote made Trump the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.

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In a floor speech ahead of the vote, Pelosi said Trump’s refusal to concede his election defeat — and his calls for supporters to take the fight to the Capitol — amounted to sedition.

“We know we experienced the insurrection that violated the sanctity of the people's Capitol,” Pelosi said. “And we know that the president of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion, against our common country."

"He must go," she added. "He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love."

Last week’s attack on the Capitol left five people dead, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was struck by a fire extinguisher. A California woman was fatally shot by an officer as she tried to storm the Speaker’s lobby just off the House floor.

Ten Republicans joined Democrats in voting for impeachment, the most prominent being House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyGOP divided over Liz Cheney's future The Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history GOP in bind over Trump as corporate donations freeze MORE (Wyo.), the No. 3 Republican in the chamber and the highest-ranking GOP woman in Congress.

“There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” Cheney said in a statement.

The vote will now be followed by a trial in the Senate, though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWhat would MLK say about Trump and the Republican Party? Biden's minimum wage push faces uphill battle with GOP GOP senators wrestle with purging Trump from party MORE (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that the proceedings aren't likely to start until Jan. 19a day before President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Trump moves to lift coronavirus travel restrictions on Europe, Brazil MORE will be inaugurated.

McConnell also said he has not yet decided whether he will vote to convict or acquit Trump, adding that he will listen to the legal arguments presented during the trial.