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Donald Trump condemns US Capitol violence, doesn’t mention impeachment

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called on President-elect Joe Biden to urge Democrats to cancel President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial on Wednesday, after the House impeached Trump while infighting among Republicans who disagree on the issue appears to be ramping up.

Biden has mostly stayed silent on whether he supported impeachment.

Trump was first impeached by the House in 2019 over his dealings with Ukraine, but the Senate voted in 2020 acquit.

Mr Trump is due to leave the White House on the expected date of January 20, as it is unlikely he will be removed from office before then.

The president also didn't mention President-elect Joe Biden in his video address.

The tweet soon went viral with more than 122,000 likes and more than 7,900 comments from social media users praising Pelosi for her subtle fashion statement. The Congress was meeting to officially declare Joe Biden the victor of the 2020 presidential election.

Pence was the only other 2024 Republican presidential prospect to break double-digits in the poll, as he garnered 16 percent of Republican support, compared to the 12 percent in November.

Hundreds of National Guard troops hold inside the Capitol Visitor's Center to reinforce security at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.

During President Donald Trump's impeachment hearing, Nancy Pelosi wore a look that eagle-eyed onlookers realized she has worn before.

She said of Trump, "He must go, he is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love".

Trump's reaction and his future?

Protesters carry huge signs that say IMPEACH and REMOVE

Republican House member Jim Jordan of OH led a defense for the president. Ten Republicans also joined the Democrats in backing impeachment. "This doesn't unite the country".

The president did not address the impeachment vote but instead called for peace and order while decrying incidents of speech being shut down by tech companies.

"The President betrayed his oath of office by seeking to undermine our constitutional process, and he bears responsibility for inciting the violent acts of insurrection last week", he said in a statement.

Dan Newhouse of Washington state is one of the Republican lawmakers who voted for impeachment.

'So, I would say to these people on Capitol Hill, knock it off, stop this. I campaigned for him and voted for him twice.

Trump was charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in his first impeachment.

Already there is word that some Republicans in the Senate are open to voting to convict the president of the charges. In 1876, during the Ulysses Grant administration, War Secretary William Belknap was impeached by the House the day he resigned, and the Senate convened a trial months later.

In making a case for the high crimes and misdemeanors demanded in the Constitution, the four-page impeachment resolution relies on Trumps own incendiary rhetoric and the falsehoods he spread about Bidens election victory, including at a rally near the White House on the day of the January 6 attack on the Capitol. He has expressed no opposition to this one. The daughter of former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney is a rising star in the party.

Pro-Trump Republicans argued that the Senate cannot hold an impeachment trial after he has left office, with Senator Lindsey Graham, a Trump-surrogate arguing that it could set a unsafe precedent for conviction of other former presidents going back to George Washington. Caty Weaver was the editor.

Hai Do wrote this story for Learning English.

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