U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) presides over the vote to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time, a week after his supporters stormed the Capitol building, on the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington January 13, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

The House impeached President Donald Trump for an unprecedented second time, but the U.S. Senate trial won’t take place until after President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

“The President of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion, against our common country,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday. “He must go.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a quick trial, refusing to call an emergency session to do so, but he didn’t rule out voting to convict Trump.

“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 wrote in a letter to Republicans on Wednesday.

The House voted 232-197 to charge Trump with “incitement of insurrection” after last week’s attack on the Capitol. Ten Republicans voted to impeach the president, including the first to go public with his intention, John Katko of New York, who said not holding Trump accountable would be “a direct threat to the future of our democracy.” Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3 House Republican, said Tuesday night she would vote yes, which drew the ire of several Republicans, including Jim Jordan of Ohio, who called for her to resign from leadership. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Trump “bears responsibility” for the attack but said he would not vote to impeach.

“The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters,” McCarthy said. “He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.”

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

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The ‘Late Impeachment’ Question – National Review – 1/13/2021
Michael Luttig is an estimable conservative legal thinker who used to be a federal judge. He reportedly helped to persuade Vice President Mike Pence that Pence did not have the power to overturn the results of the presidential election, and thus played a role in protecting the Constitution over the last few weeks. Now he is in the “Washington Post” arguing that protecting the Constitution also requires abandoning the idea of holding an impeachment trial after President Trump has left office.

Once Trump leaves office, the Senate can’t hold an impeachment trial – Washington Post – 1/12/2021
It appears that even if the House of Representatives impeaches President Trump this week, the Senate trial on that impeachment will not begin until after Trump has left office and President-Elect Biden has become president on Jan. 20. That Senate trial would be unconstitutional.

Make Impeachment as Bipartisan as Possible – Reason – 1/13/2021
The House of Representatives will almost certainly vote to impeach Donald Trump today. But for this effort to succeed in the goal of convicting Trump in the Senate and barring him from seeking office in the future, it will require substantial bipartisan support. Even after the Senate shifts to a 50-50 split, with the seating of the senators elected in the Georgia runoff election, conviction will require at least 17 votes from GOP senators.

Trump grows defiant as the White House becomes a ghost town – NBC News – 1/13/2021
Stripped of the ability to fire off real-time responses, Trump must rely on a White House staff that has largely been replaced with moving boxes as aides head for the exits and allies fail to offer a defense of him in public. Trump issued a press release on Wednesday urging calm amid reports of more violent protests being planned in the next week.

Graham leads resistance to Trump ouster amid fast-moving impeachment – Politico – 1/13/2021
Sen. Lindsey Graham is leading the charge against President Donald Trump’s impeachment and removal in the Senate, even as the White House remains largely uninvolved and as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is leaving open the possibility of voting to convict the president.

Republicans Fear For Their Lives Ahead Of Voting For Impeachment – Conservative Review – 1/13/2021
Democratic Colorado Rep. Jason Crow said that he spoke with several of his Republican colleagues and many are scared for their life ahead of the impeachment vote.

Rep. Buck: Democrats’ Rhetoric Also Led to Capitol Violence – Newsmax – 1/13/2021
Democrats have also been involved in the growing vitriol in the United States, and it’s not accurate to say that President Donald Trump’s speech to supporters in Washington, D.C., was the sole reason his supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, Rep. Ken Buck insisted Wednesday.

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