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 PelosiNorth Dakota Republican latest House breakthrough COVID-19 case Pelosi sets Thursday vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill Cheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday, following a bipartisan vote in the House, officially signed the article of impeachment charging President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP 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 CheneyCheney on same-sex marriage opposition: 'I was wrong' Cheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Anti-Trump Republicans on the line in 2022 too 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 McConnellHow the Democratic Party's campaign strategy is failing America GOP should grab the chance to upend Pelosi's plan on reconciliation We don't need platinum to solve the debt ceiling crisis MORE (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that the proceedings aren't likely to start until Jan. 19a day before President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenPelosi sets Thursday vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill Pressure grows to cut diplomatic red tape for Afghans left behind President Biden is making the world a more dangerous place 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.