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house Bill H. Res. 24

Should the House Impeach President Donald Trump for ‘Inciting an Insurrection’?

Argument in favor

President Donald Trump’s actions and remarks incited a violent, deadly mob that stormed the Capitol and interrupted the certification of the Electoral College results, endangered members of Congress and the vice president, and undermined the peaceful transfer of power. He betrayed his oath of office, is unfit to serve, and must be impeached regardless of how much time is left in his term.

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last Wednesday
<< 7 days, 8 hours, 31 minutes >>. … … … Abso-f@¢kin-lutley. Hopefully with McConnell seeming to endorse impeachment and the number of Republican Senators who see the opportunity to rid themselves of the trump, this may be the inflection point that finally restores a sense of order to our country and our democracy. If we can get our politicians to begin to act as our representatives instead of their party’s representatives we can begin to heal. … … … I think a lot of the numb nuts and political opportunists will need to be expelled from the legislature with bipartisan support. I am becoming increasingly hopeful that we will get back to a government of by and for the people because the trump has finally scared the crap enough out of the politics-first people who the trump left at great risk and would not even take their phone calls begging for police backup while crude thugs were basing down office doors and leaving them to fear for their lives - with armed combat going on in the hallway, just a doorway away. They were actually quite lucky that they were not in full session. Finally, I have something to thank the trump for. … … … The Senate should be convened very soon after the House vote and police protective forces need to be authorized to shoot anyone who breeches doorways and enters government buildings used for our governance. This is serious stuff and requires serious action. Fear of thugs no matter how well organized and equipped cannot be allowed to be a factor, it will only embolden them. Let’s find the unity to shut down these militant insurgents and use this unity to begin repairing all that has been broken.
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last Wednesday
It is time for all good women and men to come to the defense of our democracy. Please vote for the impeachment of Donald Trump so we can enforce accountability to those who would incite violence violence against our government. I beg you, please!
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last Wednesday
There is no choice for any patriot but to impeach and remove him from office and restrict him from ever holding office ever again. This person has violated his sworn oath to defend and protect the Constitution by inciting people to overtrow the valid vote of the people. We are witnessing a critical moment in our history when all Legislators need to stand up and defend their democracy and stop thinking only about keeping thier jobs and start defending our Democracy,
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Argument opposed

This impeachment is nothing more than a partisan attempt to score political points against President Donald Trump in the final days of his term of office. Impeachment detracts from efforts to unite the country at a time when the country is deeply divided. Rushing an impeachment without hearings sets a precedent for the future misuse of one of the most solemn constitutional tools.

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last Wednesday
For people wanting "unity" all you're doing is further dividing. Words cannot make people do anything. Stop blaming this president for the actions of a few jerks!
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Nothing but Political! Waste of time he will be gone in a week! It will block the business that congress should be doing!
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Have you read the President's speech????? HE DID NOT INCITE A RIOT..
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What is House Bill H. Res. 24?

This resolution would impeach President Donald Trump for the “incitement of an insurrection.” It contends that Trump incited an insurrection by making false claims about the results of the election and delivered a speech which encouraged lawlessness from a crowd in which members of whom went on to interfere with the certification of the Electoral College by breaching the Capitol and engaging in “violent, deadly, destructive, and seditious acts.”

Specifically, the resolution notes that after President Trump spent the months leading up to the Electoral College certification, he “repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the Presidential election results were the product of widespread fraud.” On the day of the certification, Trump addressed a crowd in Washington, DC, in which he claimed “we won this election, and we won it by a landslide”, and made statements such as: “if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore”. The resolution continues to note that the crowd, having been incited by President Trump, “breached and vandalized the Capitol, injured and killed law enforcement personnel, menaced Members of Congress, the Vice President, and Congressional personnel, and engaged in other violent, deadly, destructive, and seditious acts.”

The resolution concludes:

“In all this, President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government. He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He therefore betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.”

As a simple resolution calling for the impeachment of a federal official, this legislation wouldn’t advance beyond the House if passed. Rather, the Senate would conduct an impeachment trial to consider the charge and a vote by two-thirds of the Senate would be required to convict and remove the president from office (if he is convicted before his term expires at noon on January 20, 2021). If the president is convicted, the Senate can then vote to prohibit him from holding future public office on a simple majority vote.

Impact

President Donald Trump; the office of the presidency; the House of Representatives; and potentially the Senate.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 24

This resolution would have no financial cost.

More Information

In-DepthReps. David Cicilline (D-RI), Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) offered the following statement on the introduction of this article of impeachment against President Donald Trump for inciting an insurrection:

“Last Wednesday marked one of the darkest days in the history of our country. After months of agitation and propaganda against the results of the 2020 election, the United States Capitol — the citadel of our democracy —was attacked as President Trump’s supporters attempted to stage a coup and overturn the results of our free and fair presidential election. We cannot allow this unprecedented provocation to go unanswered. Everyone involved in this assault must be held accountable, beginning with the man most responsible for it — President Donald Trump. We cannot begin to heal the soul of this country without first delivering swift justice to all its enemies — foreign and domestic.”

President Donald Trump said in remarks to reporters on his way to visit the border wall that this impeachment is “really a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics. It’s ridiculous. It’s absolutely ridiculous.” He added that it is “causing tremendous danger to our country and it’s causing tremendous anger. I want no violence.” In his speech at the border wall in Reynosa-McAllen, Texas, President Trump added:

“Before we begin, I’d like to say that free speech is under assault like never before. The 25th Amendment is of zero risk to me but will come back to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden administration. As the expression goes: Be careful what you wish for. The impeachment hoax is a continuation of the greatest and most vicious witch hunt in the history of our country, and it is causing tremendous anger and pain — far greater than most people will ever understand, which is very dangerous for the USA, especially at this very tender time. And now I’d like to briefly address the events of last week. Millions of our citizens watched on Wednesday as a mob stormed the Capitol and trashed the halls of government. As I have consistently said throughout my administration, we believe in respecting America’s history and traditions, not tearing them down. We believe in the rule of law, not in violence or rioting.”

Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley wrote an op-ed in The Hill which argued that President Donald Trump’s speech on the day of the Electoral College certification was protected under the First Amendment because he did not explicitly call for violence and told the crowd “to peacefully and patriotically make your voices be heard.” Turley concluded:

“The damage caused by the rioters this week was enormous, however, it will pale in comparison to the damage set from a new precedent of a snap impeachment for speech protected under the First Amendment. It is the very threat that the framers sought to avoid in crafting the impeachment standard. In a process of deliberative judgment, the reference to a snap impeachment is a contradiction. In this new system, guilt is not doubted and innocence is not deliberated. This would do to the Constitution what the violent rioters did to the Capitol and leave it in tatters.”

This legislation has the support of 160 cosponsors, all of whom are Democrats. Several Republicans, including GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY), Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), John Katko (R-NY), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), and Fred Upton (R-MI) have indicated they will support impeachment.


Of NoteIf the House votes to President Donald Trump, he would become the first president in history to be impeached twice. Trump’s first impeachment occurred in December 2019 when House Democrats voted to impeach him along party-lines over his call to the president of Ukraine. He was later acquitted by the Senate along mostly party-lines with only Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) voting to convict. 


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: White House via Flickr / Public Domain)

AKA

Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.

Official Title

Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.

simple resolution Progress


  • The house Passed January 13th, 2021
    Roll Call Vote 232 Yea / 197 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJanuary 11th, 2021

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    << 7 days, 8 hours, 31 minutes >>. … … … Abso-f@¢kin-lutley. Hopefully with McConnell seeming to endorse impeachment and the number of Republican Senators who see the opportunity to rid themselves of the trump, this may be the inflection point that finally restores a sense of order to our country and our democracy. If we can get our politicians to begin to act as our representatives instead of their party’s representatives we can begin to heal. … … … I think a lot of the numb nuts and political opportunists will need to be expelled from the legislature with bipartisan support. I am becoming increasingly hopeful that we will get back to a government of by and for the people because the trump has finally scared the crap enough out of the politics-first people who the trump left at great risk and would not even take their phone calls begging for police backup while crude thugs were basing down office doors and leaving them to fear for their lives - with armed combat going on in the hallway, just a doorway away. They were actually quite lucky that they were not in full session. Finally, I have something to thank the trump for. … … … The Senate should be convened very soon after the House vote and police protective forces need to be authorized to shoot anyone who breeches doorways and enters government buildings used for our governance. This is serious stuff and requires serious action. Fear of thugs no matter how well organized and equipped cannot be allowed to be a factor, it will only embolden them. Let’s find the unity to shut down these militant insurgents and use this unity to begin repairing all that has been broken.
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    For people wanting "unity" all you're doing is further dividing. Words cannot make people do anything. Stop blaming this president for the actions of a few jerks!
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    It is time for all good women and men to come to the defense of our democracy. Please vote for the impeachment of Donald Trump so we can enforce accountability to those who would incite violence violence against our government. I beg you, please!
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    There is no choice for any patriot but to impeach and remove him from office and restrict him from ever holding office ever again. This person has violated his sworn oath to defend and protect the Constitution by inciting people to overtrow the valid vote of the people. We are witnessing a critical moment in our history when all Legislators need to stand up and defend their democracy and stop thinking only about keeping thier jobs and start defending our Democracy,
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    Nothing but Political! Waste of time he will be gone in a week! It will block the business that congress should be doing!
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    trump, trump jr, giuliani, cruz, hawley, jordan, kushner, ivanka, and all those traiters who lied over&over again about trump not losing the election are responsible for the attack on the capital, the plan to kidnap&murder Gretchen Whitmer, &the countless acts of sedition by gullible, armed fools who fell for that sh{t.
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    Have you read the President's speech????? HE DID NOT INCITE A RIOT..
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    If not now and not for this, then when?
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    This country has been through enough with this draft dodging Traitor. He has modeled horrible behavior to our children and countries around the world. You can’t say you’re surprised this occurred. He told you he was going to do it and the GOP continued to enable it. Malignant Narcissists don’t just stop they only believe in scorched earth. You took an oath to protect Americans and the constitution. So far GOP leadership in Florida has failed to do either. My family didn’t fight for this country so Trump and the rest of the GOP could ruin it. Stop allowing him to gaslight you. If this isn’t impeachable then what is? Vote to impeach or or you will definitely lose every election in the future.
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    Yes, impeach tRump for incitement of insurrection against the USA!
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    Gentlemen, what more evidence do you require to know that “domestic tranquility” has been disrupted, and is likely to be for several decades going forward? You have all sat in public office as the hateful and divisive rhetoric was enhanced and endorsed from the top, even supported some of it yourselves. You cannot spew this language from one side of the mouth and “unity” from the other. Unless you are part of the disinformation campaign that has vividly been utilizing Big Tech to spread their word, you must be against it. The bulk of Americans are moderates and entrust the 3 branches of Federal Government to do their jobs to ensure domestic tranquility, and it is evident that you have failed. How long before neighbor is pitted against neighbor? How long before some other country’s version of Fidel Castro or Saddam Hussein is installed in the White House, and like other despots, will not honor our democratic processes and, down the barrel of a gun, end freedom for all in this country? We have come dangerously close. We the people do not take this lightly and nor should you. Only 8-12% seem to consistent support the actions of last Wednesday; that is hardly representative of most Americans. YOU need to get this culture of disinformation under control; Vern, when you send out Instapolls, why don’t you ask “has any member of your family become so radicalized that you have had to distance yourself from them?” and gauge the response. “Have you lost friends because of your support for Donald Trump?”
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    President Trump has not incited violence, rather he has put Americans first in their fight for transparent and fair elections. He has agreed to a peaceful transition, and impeachment would likely cause further political divide, which this country already has a lot of.
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    No this is just a waste of time , money . There is too much other work that needs to be done - ALL SMALL Business from Being shut need to be helped, Covid Vaccine, Economy, Children snd School.
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    To my Texas Congressmen: There can be no healing without accountability. I am counting on you to impeach this president. Lawlessness must never be tolerated in this country. There is only one opportunity to hold the president accountable. Failure to do so will set a precedent that all future presidents can commit whatever crimes they choose while holding the house and senate hostage to get his or her way. Do the right thing, or resign.
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    Does a bear S*&t in the woods?.....Is the Pope Catholic?.....Is Donald J.Trump a narcissistic, sociopathic,meglomaniac who incited a riot that left our Capitol building desecrated, damaged and defiled.......scores of people injured/hospitalized and six dead......some from the fray itself....the two saddest being: Officer Sicknick (sp?) a good policeman killed in the prime of life and another who took his own life after the coup attempt.
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    The election was hijacked! “...doth protest too much, methinks." ~ “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare. Do you see how corrupt this is? Eric Swalwell has been named an Impeachment Manager by Pelosi!
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    What a complete waste of time! Congress should be working towards balancing our budget and help get our economy going again so people can take care of their families.
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    I would say it's too late. But, something has to be done to make sure Trump NEVER runs for public office again! And doesn't get to live off of taxpayers' money for the rest of his life!
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    Since Pence has declined to invoke the 25th the only option left is impeachment unless Trump resigns to avoid being impeached. The article of impeachment cites “Incitement of Insurrection” providing the option to invoke the 14th should the senate not vote for removal which allows Trump to be prosecuted for Insurrection under the 14th. Either impeachment or the 14th will prevent Trump from holding office. The 14th is easier than impeachment as it only takes a majority not a super majority (2/3rds) and wouldn’t take up Senate time for a trial. It does however involve the courts after Congress votes for it. Four Republicans (Katko, Cheney, Kinzinger, Upton) currently support impeachment, and McConnell is considering support as he does not see it as partisan and wants to see the evidence. It is hard to understand why Pence won’t invoke the 25th which the House passed today (1-12-21) when he had to be evacuated with his wife, daughter and brother because mobs wanted to hang him and Trump didn’t care enough about his well being to even check on his safety. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/533957-pence-rejects-calls-to-invoke-25th-amendment https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/12/opinion/Trump-impeachment-disqualification.html https://www.nytimes.com/article/republicans-impeaching-donald-trump.html https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-didnt-check-pence-safety-after-inciting-capitol-mob-2021-1 https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/01/11/14th-amendment-trump-insurrection-impeachment/
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    Because this president incited a coup to overthrow the government. People died, Pelosi and Pence's lives were threatened and the Capitol Building was badly damaged. IS THAT REASON ENOUGH??
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