It was a show of force unlike any other at the Capitol Wednesday, as hundreds of National guard troops flanked the halls of Congress as the House of Representatives move toward impeaching Donald Trump for the second time in his term.
Nancy Pelosi went outside to thank the troops while her colleagues debated the motions that will culminate with a vote later in the day.
It was just one week ago the Capitol building was overtaken by a violent mob or protesters who pushed their way past security and broke into the Capitol building, causing both houses of Congress to be evacuated.
Pelosi used the title of a Tom Clancy novel in describing why she is leading the charge to impeach Trump again. “He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”
Impeaching the President in the House is the first step, but convicting him on the floor of the Senate is a bigger challenge, and it probably won’t happen quickly if it does. “The president much be impeached and, I believe, the president must be convicted by the Senate, a constitutional remedy that will ensure that the republic will be safe from this man who is so resolutely determined to tear down the things that we hold so dear,” Pelosi said.
There is a 2004 resolution that could allow the Senate to return from their break early and have a trial as soon as January 19th if Trump is impeached, but the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that a trial would not happen until after Trump has left office and Joe Biden has been sworn in as President.