Trump is the only President to be impeached twice. 10 Republicans broke ranks in the vote.

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Jim Jordan was hoping “less” Republicans would have voted to impeach Trump 

From CNN's Annie Grayer

Rep Jim Jordan said the he was not surprised by the number of Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, but was hoping it would be less.

“It's about where I thought it might be,” Jordan said walking off the floor. “I was hoping it would be less.”

Asked if he still considers Trump to be a leader of the Republican party even though he has now been impeached twice, Jordan said, “of course.”

“His support is strong because the American people appreciate that over the last four years he did more of what he said he would do than any President in my life,” Jordan said.

Asked if the 10 Republicans who voted with Democrats to impeach Trump would face primaries Jordan said, “I don’t know that.”

6 min ago

These are the 10 GOP members who voted to impeach Trump

From CNN's Capitol Hill unit

The House just voted to impeach President Trump for a second time for his role in last week's deadly Capitol riot.

Ten Republicans joined their Democratic colleagues in voting in favor of the impeachment resolution.

They are:

Rep. Dan Newhouse of WashingtonRep. John Katko of New YorkRep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of WashingtonRep. Adam Kinzinger of IllinoisRep. Fred Upton of MichiganRep. Liz Cheney of WyomingRep. Peter Meijer of MichiganRep. Anthony Gonzalez of OhioRep. Tom Rice of South Carolina Rep. David Valadao of California

What comes next: The next steps in the process are a little unclear. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won't agree to bring the Senate back early, according to Republican sources, and he communicated that to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer today.

That means a Senate trial won't happen now until after Trump has left office and would most likely bleed into the early days of the Biden presidency, and when Democrats will control the Senate.

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The House just voted to impeach President Trump. Here's what happens next.

From CNN's Zachary B. Wolf

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The House has just voted to impeach President Trump for the second time – making him the only US president to ever be impeached twice. The resolution passed 232 to 197.

The impeachment resolution the House voted on charges Trump with a single article, "incitement of insurrection" for his role in last week's deadly Capitol riot.

There is no such thing as a routine impeachment but this one is unprecedented in all sorts of ways.

The overall impeachment process laid out in the Constitution is relatively simple:

A president commits "high Crime or Misdemeanor" The House votes to impeach The Senate conducts a trial

This impeachment process will feel entirely new and different from the one we saw in late 2019 around the Ukraine investigation, most notably because the Senate trial is expected to occur after Trump leaves office.

Here's why that's important:

New President Joe Biden will be asking the Senate to vote on his Cabinet nominees and act on legislation to address the Covid pandemic as well as relief for Americans hurt by the troubled economy.

In 2020, Senate business ground to a complete halt during the trial. This time, incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is hoping to pursue a half-day schedule to conduct the trial part of the day and business the rest of the day.

The charges this time are much simpler to convey and understand, however. It should still take some number of days with Chief Justice John Roberts presiding and senators sitting in judgment. When both of the new Democratic senators from Georgia are seated, it will take 17 Republicans voting with Democrats to reach a two-thirds majority and convict Trump.

The swift effort to impeach him certainly puts Trump in the position of wanting to keep Republican senators on his side. In that regard, it would keep him in check during the last week of his presidency.

Remember: Impeaching Trump in the House does not remove him from office. Neither a second House impeachment nor even a Senate vote to convict Trump and remove him from office would prevent him from running again, in 2024 or beyond.

Rather, after two-thirds of senators present voted to remove Trump, a simple majority of senators present would have to approve an additional vote to bar him from the presidency in the future.

Barring him from further office could also cost him his more-than $200,000 per year pension if the Senate wants to take that way.

See the moment:

13 min ago

Trump expected to make a statement on impeachment proceedings, official says 

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins

President Trump will make a statement reacting to today’s impeachment proceedings soon, an official familiar with the matter tells CNN. It will likely be a video.

The House has just voted to impeach President Trump for the second time – making him the only US president to ever be impeached twice. The resolution passed 232 to 197.

The impeachment resolution the House voted on charges Trump with a single article, "incitement of insurrection," for his role in last week's deadly Capitol riot.

18 min ago

House reaches enough votes to impeach Trump

From CNN's Capitol Hill unit 

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Enough lawmakers have cast votes to impeach President Trump again in a historic first, with at least 217 members having now cast votes to impeach the President, including at least nine Republicans.

The impeachment resolution charges Trump with a single article, "incitement of insurrection," for his role in last week's deadly Capitol riot.

Voting is ongoing.

As soon as the gavel comes down, Trump will become the only President in history to be impeached twice.

See the moment:

26 min ago

Dana Bash: It's reprehensible that Republicans who propagated election fraud lies did not apologize

From CNN's Dana Bash / Written by CNN's Maureen Chowdhury

CNN's Dana Bash called out House Republicans who did not come out and admit that they were wrong for propagating false election fraud claims during the House impeachment debate.

"Those who did say that the election was stolen, those who propagated that, those who fed the lies of the President, 'I'm sorry, I made a mistake,' we heard that from nobody. And that's frankly reprehensible," CNN's Dana Bash said.

"Especially given the fact that they all know better," Bash added.

"I think they know the reality. I think that they know the truth. I think that, in their heart of hearts, understand that when the secretaries of states in swing states like Georgia or Pennsylvania or Arizona say 'This election wasn't stolen,' and it was free and fair and honest that, that actually is the truth," Bash continued.

Bash also highlighted how, aside from the backtracking from election fraud claims, Republicans didn't acknowledge the live footage from last week's attack which show rioters stating "the President told us to come here."

Watch Bash's full remarks:

29 min ago

GOP lawmaker who voted for impeachment: "I'm at real peace right now"

From CNN's Annie Grayer

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, one of the Republicans who voted "yes" to impeach President Trump, told CNN he is at peace with his vote.

“I think this is one of those votes that that transcends any kind of political implication if the moment. This is one of those that you're going to look back on when you're 80 and this will be the one you talk about,” Kinzinger said. 

“I don't know what the future is, you know, I don't know what that means for me politically but I know I'm at real peace right now," he added.

Kinzinger said he didn’t feel pressure from the party, but that his constituents were all over the place. Kinzinger said he didn’t know how many of his Republican colleagues would be joining him to vote for impeaching Trump.

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McConnell urges GOP senators to focus on transition of power, not impeachment

From CNN's Phil Mattingly

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is urging his colleagues to focus for the next seven days on the transition of power and the inauguration, not impeachment, according to a senator.

The letter came in an email earlier today as the House casts votes on impeachment.

Earlier on Wednesday, McConnell sent a note to Republicans, writing, "while the press has been full of speculation, I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate.”

McConnell has rejected calls by Democrats to bring the Senate back immediately to convict President Trump in his final days in office.

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Rep. Cori Bush calls Trump the "white supremacist in chief"

Rep. Cori Bush, a freshman Democrat from Missouri, used her brief speaking time today in the House during the impeachment debate to excoriate President Trump.

"Madam Speaker, St. Louis and I rise in support of the article of impeachment against Donald J Trump. If we fail to remove a white supremacist president who incited a white supremacist insurrection, it’s communities like Missouri’s first district that suffer the most," Bush said during her speech.

She continued: "The 117th Congress must understand that we have a mandate to legislate in defense of Black lives. The first step in that process is to root out white supremacy starting with impeaching, the white supremacist in chief."

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