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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is on the verge of being impeached for a second time in an unprecedented House vote Wednesday, a week after he encouraged a mob of loyalists to “fight like hell” against election results just before they stormed the U.S. Capitol in a deadly siege.
As the House of Representatives is on the verge of impeaching President Trump for the second time, Republicans in both chambers of Congress are split on whether to support the effort in the tumultuous final days of the Trump presidency.
The House is poised to impeach President Trump for a second time as it meets Wednesday to consider an article charging him with “incitement of insurrection” for his role in last week’s takeover of the Capitol by a violent pro-Trump mob. At least several Republicans plan to support the resolution.
The mob overwhelmed Capitol police and breached the building, forcing lawmakers to evacuate and injuring dozens of officers. One officer died as a result of injuries sustained while confronting rioters, and one rioter was shot and killed by police.
Wednesday marks the second time Congress has opened impeachment proceedings against the president. In September 2019, Democrats attempted to impeach Trump over his dealings in Ukraine. Just one Republican congressman, Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, voted in favor of impeachment at the time. Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, who had left the Republican party months earlier, also voted in favor of impeachment.