Momentous second impeachment looms

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The House is meeting to impeach President Trump. Here's where we are in the process right now.

From CNN's Lauren Fox

House representatives debate on January 13.House representatives debate on January 13. House TV

The House is currently meeting to vote to impeach President Trump for a second time.

The House convened around 9 a.m. ET, and lawmakers are currently having their first debate, which revolves around the rules governing the impeachment article. This debate is expected to last about an hour.

Here's what we expect to happen next:

After the debate, the House votes on the rule. Remember that voting in the House takes time because of coronavirus protocols (and now metal detectors, which was its own scene Tuesday night as Republicans lashed out at police and fellow members when they were asked to go through them to get to the House floor).Once the House passes the rule in the early afternoon, the House will proceed to a two-hour debate.The final vote will begin between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET.

As with all important votes in times of coronavirus, these things are a bit fluid in terms of timing. The resolution is expected to pass.

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House Majority Leader says they're sending articles to Senate immediately, but no details yet on exact timing

From CNN's Daniella Diaz

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer walks past members of the National Guard as he arrives at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 13. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer walks past members of the National Guard as he arrives at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 13. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer was asked by a reporter this morning if the House will send the article over immediately to the Senate and Hoyer said "yes." He didn’t give any specifics on timing.

Hoyer told reporters late last night that the article won’t be held back by the House and the “presumption is within a very short time” it will be transmitted to the Senate.

Some context: With the Senate out of session, that would very likely mean the trial would start in the first days of Biden’s term unless Mitch McConnell agrees to bring the chamber back.

His office has not commented on Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer’s proposal to bring the chamber back early, but the expectation is that the trial won’t begin before Trump leaves office.

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Man said he wanted to shoot Pelosi and DC mayor, court filing says

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

In a new detention memo, prosecutors say a man who had texted he wanted to kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and brought guns and hundreds of rounds of ammo to Washington last week also wrote about shooting DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.

The new details about Cleveland Meredith Jr., revealed in a court filing seeking his detention on Wednesday, highlight how the man had been discussing "war time" against lawmakers as the congressional confirmation of Joe Biden as the President-elect neared.

Meredith is currently detained and set to appear in court Wednesday afternoon.

"The defendant sent a text stating, ‘We’re gonna surround DC and slowly constrict.’ Apparently under the impression that law enforcement was monitoring his communications, the defendant later sent a text stating, ‘I’m harmless . . . I won’t fire until ordered SIR!’"

He was one of the early people charged by Justice Department prosecutors in federal court. There are now around two dozen known federal criminal defendants related to the Jan. 6 insurrection.

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Read the full article of impeachment against President Trump

Democrats in the House of Representatives are charging President Trump with "incitement of insurrection" for his role in last week's deadly Capitol riot.

This is the full article of impeachment that the House will vote on later today:

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Democratic representative: Pro-Trump attackers are "terrorists" who were radicalized by the President

Rep. Judy Chu, a Democrat from California, called the Pro-Trump attackers that stormed the Capitol "terrorists" who were radicalized by Donald Trump.

"We were attacked by terrorists, but this time the terrorists were radicalized right here in the United States. Worse, they were radicalized by the President, who intentionally lied to his supporters that the election was stolen, and then told them when to come to D.C., where to protest and who to direct their anger at," Chu said.

She said the need to remove Trump from office "could not be more urgent."

"He is too dangerous to remain in office. Donald Trump must be held accountable. He must be impeached," Chu said.

The House is currently debating the rules governing impeachment article.

Watch:

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House Republican says impeachment would further divide the country

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

GOP Rep. Tom Cole, ranking member of the House Rules Committee, said impeachment would “divide us further” in the last days of President Trump’s administration. 

While the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol attack “will live in my memory as the darkest day during my time of service as a member of this House,” Cole said he “can think of no action that is likely to further divide the American people than the action we're contemplating today."

“Our meeting today does not arise in a vacuum and comes in what I hope and pray is the end of a tumultuous period for our country,” Cole said. 

Cole said House Democrats are heading toward impeachment “erratically.”

“Instead of moving forward as a unifying force, [the] majority in the House is choosing to divide us further,” he added. 

The House is currently holding a debate on the rules governing the impeachment article.

Rep. Cole calls for House to slow impeachment proceedings: 

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House Democrat: Trump was "stoking the anger of a violent mob" while Congress tallied Electoral College vote

Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern, chairman of the House Rules Committee, opened the House session this morning with some remarks about what happened on Jan. 6 and President Trump and his allies' roles in inciting a mob to storm the Capitol.

The House is currently holding a debate on the rules governing the impeachment article.

"On Wednesday, January 6th, Congress gathered here to fulfill our constitutional duty, tallying the electoral college victory of President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris after a free and fair election. This is largely a ceremonial role for the Congress. One that sends the message to the world that democracy in the United States persists," McGovern said.

McGovern continued: "But at a rally, just a mile and a half down Pennsylvania avenue, Donald Trump and his allies were stoking the anger of a violent mob. A member of this very body proclaimed on that stage, today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass. Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani called for trial by combat. Then Donald Trump told the crowd, we're going to have to fight much harder. You'll never take back our country with weakness." 

"Even though, according to his own administration, that this election was the most secure in our history, Donald Trump repeated his big lie that this election was an egregious assault on democracy," he added.

See it here:

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The House is now in session and will begin impeachment proceedings

From CNN's Lauren Fox

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The US House of Representatives has just convened and will now begin consideration of President Trump's impeachment.

The impeachment resolution the House will vote on today charges Trump with a single article, "incitement of insurrection," for his role in last week's deadly Capitol riot.

The first debate is expected to last about an hour and will revolve around the rules governing the impeachment article.

After that, the House will vote on the rule.

Remember: Voting in the House takes time because of coronavirus protocols and now lawmakers also have to pass through metal detectors to get onto the House floor.

Trump is now staring at the shameful distinction of being impeached by the House of Representatives twice in just over a year – the only president in US history to be impeached twice.

Even if he's impeached today, Trump will stay in office and likely finish out his term, because it takes a Senate conviction to remove him even after he’s been impeached.

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Man in "Camp Auschwitz" sweatshirt during Capitol riot arrested, law enforcement official says

From CNN's Evan Perez

The rioter who stormed the US Capitol on January 6 wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with the phrase "Camp Auschwitz" has been identified as Robert Keith Packer of Virginia.The rioter who stormed the US Capitol on January 6 wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with the phrase "Camp Auschwitz" has been identified as Robert Keith Packer of Virginia. ITN

A rioter who stormed the US Capitol last week wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with the phrase "Camp Auschwitz" was arrested Wednesday morning in Virginia, according to a law enforcement official. 

CNN was first to report that the man in the sweatshirt was identified as Robert Keith Packer. A law enforcement official told CNN that Packer was picked up in Newport News, Va.

An image of Packer, whose sweatshirt bore the name of the Nazi concentration camp where about 1.1 million people were killed during World War II, inside the Capitol has evoked shock and disbelief on social media. The bottom of his shirt stated, "Work brings freedom," which is the rough translation of the phrase "Arbeit macht frei" that was on the concentration camp's gates.

Charging documents were not immediately available.

CNN is pursuing more information.

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