For the second time in 13 months, the House of Representatives is spending their day working on impeaching President Trump. The difference this time is there are several Republicans in both the House and the Senate that are on board with it.
At 9 A.M Eastern Wednesday, the House started debating the “rule” governing the parameters of the impeachment.
House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern, D-Mass. was one of the first members to speak, and he didn’t mince words discussing his version of what transpired a week ago inside the Capitol, when an angry mob of protestors forced their way through four separate barriers and actually entered the Capitol building. “I saw evil. These were not protesters, these were not patriots, these were traitors… and they were acting under the orders of Donald Trump.”
If it seems like the impeachment proceedings are operating under warp speed, they are. Which is something that bothers Rules Committee Ranking Member Tom Cole, R-Okla., who feels the speed of this process will only divide the country further. “President Trump has conceded the 2020 election… and next Wednesday President-elect Biden will be sworn in,” Cole argued.
There are a minimum of five House Republicans who have said they would vote to impeach Trump/ Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo is the most high-profile, as she holds the third-highest ranking position as the House GOP conference chair.
The topic is a sensitive one, and there’s a lot of intense feelings about what needs to happen. Trump still has supporters in the House. Rep. Matt Rosedale, R-Mont., called for Cheney to resign her leadership position because of her decision to vote for impeachment.
Two things we know for certain. If Trump is impeached, he will become the only president impeached twice. And we won’t know how President Trump is feeling about the situation because his official Twitter account has been permanently suspended.