The House of Representatives on Wednesday will vote on an unprecedented second impeachment against President Donald Trump. The meeting began at 9 am, and voting can take place in the afternoon.
Democrats hold the majority of seats in the House of Representatives and have enough votes to approve impeachment on their own, but more Republicans are joining them.
So, Republican Jamie Herrera Butler on Tuesday announced that she would vote to impeach, saying that Trump “acted contrary to his oath.”
“The President of the United States instigated unrest in order to stop the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another,” she said.
Representative Liz Cheney also spoke out in support of impeachment, noting that there was no “greater betrayal” by the president in US history.
Congressmen John Katko, Adam Kinzinger and Fred Upton are also going to vote for impeachment.
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, a close Trump ally, said that “impeachment at this time will not unite the country, but will have the opposite effect.”
Trump himself spoke in a similar vein on Tuesday during a visit to a Texas city on the border with Mexico.
“This is causing terrible anger, division and pain … which is very dangerous for the United States, especially at such a delicate moment,” he said, calling for “peace and tranquility” and emphasizing that now is the time to observe “law and order.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday night that the group of nine impeachment managers will be led by Congresswoman Jamie Ruskin.
It is unclear whether House leaders intend to immediately send an impeachment resolution to the Senate, given Trump’s term expires next week.
Late Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence and cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to remove Trump from office due to his alleged failure to fulfill his duties.
Pence sent a letter to Pelosi even before the vote, explaining why he did not intend to do so.