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Accused by the Democrats of having “incited the insurrection”, Donald Trump, who denies any responsibility in the assault that several of his followers carried out in Congress last week, will probably face this Wednesday the approval of a second impeachment in her against.
A week after that outbreak, which left five dead in Washington, the House of Representatives is expected to vote around 3:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. GMT) on the indictment against the Republican president.
With the backing of Democrats and some Republicans, the impeachment against Trump is expected to pass easily in the Lower House.
The 45th president could thus become the first in the country’s history to be subjected to an impeachment trial twice.
The opposition accuses Trump of encouraging his supporters, during a ceremony on January 6, to break into Congress to oppose the certification of the electoral victory of Democrat Joe Biden.
Trump opted for a combative tone on Tuesday, ensuring that he will not be removed before the end of his term on January 20.
From Alamo, in Texas, where he had traveled to celebrate the construction of the wall on the border of Mexico, he tried to show a less aggressive image than last week. “Now is the time for our nation to recover and it is the time for peace and calm,” he said.
Later, his vice president, Mike Pence, definitively ruled out the other threat that weighed on the end of Trump’s term, by refusing to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which would have allowed him to dismiss the outgoing president declaring him unfit to exercise his position .
Despite that rejection, the House of Representatives passed a symbolic resolution asking him to invoke that amendment.
But, although that text only received the endorsement of one Republican, the vote on the opening of an impeachment against Trump could have greater support among his party members.
Five of them have already shown their intention to vote in favor of the “impeachment,” including Liz Cheney, one of the leaders of the Republican minority in the House of Representatives and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
“There has never been a greater betrayal on the part of an incumbent president of the United States and his oath to the Constitution,” Cheney said in a statement.
“This insurrection caused injuries, death and destruction in the most sacred space of our republic,” he said about the taking of the seat of Congress.
Even so, the outcome of the trial in the Senate is uncertain, where a two-thirds majority is necessary to convict Trump.
– Isolated Trump –
Leaving Washington on Tuesday morning, Trump had called the impeachment trial being pushed by Democrats “totally ridiculous”, saying it generated “immense anger” across the United States.
The president did not assume any responsibility for the coup, ensuring that his speech prior to the assault in Washington was “totally appropriate” and denouncing the “catastrophic error” of the social networks that suspended his account.
Hours later, the YouTube video platform suspended Trump’s channel for “at least seven days” and deleted one of his videos for violating its policy against hate speech.
Despite the support of some very loyal congressmen, the president is more isolated than ever after a series of resignations in his government.
According to the New York Times and CNN, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, Trump’s key ally for the past four years, welcomes an “impeachment” because it could rid Trump’s party, whom he blamed for two defeats in the second round of senatorial elections a week ago in Georgia, after which Republicans will lose a majority in the Upper House.
No Republicans in the House of Representatives supported the impeachment against Trump in his previous impeachment in December 2019, and only one senator from the party, Mitt Romney, voted to convict him. The president was then acquitted of having withheld financial aid to force Ukraine to investigate alleged corruption by his political rival Biden.
– Condemnation of the generals –
Top US generals condemned the attack on the Capitol in a message to the troops.
“The violent revolt … was a direct assault on the United States Congress, the Capitol building, and our constitutional process,” according to a memorandum signed by the eight members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, led by their chief, General Mark. Milley.
“The rights to freedom of expression and assembly do not give anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition and insurrection,” they said.
The Pentagon will deploy up to 15,000 National Guard personnel for Biden’s inauguration on January 20, amid fears of further violence.
Initially mobilized to provide logistical support to the police, their members began carrying weapons on Tuesday night, according to an AFP photographer.
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