That's what happened a year ago after Trump was impeached in 2019 by the Democratic-controlled House for pressuring the leader of Ukraine to dig up political dirt on Biden.
McConnell also saw House Democrats' drive to impeach Trump as an opportune moment to distance the GOP from the tumultuous, divisive outgoing president, according to the strategist, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe private conversations.
During his speech, Trump repeated false claims that the election was fraudulent and exhorted supporters to march on the Capitol. He appealed for unity "to move forward" and said, "Mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for". "That doesn't mean the president is free from fault".
"Brian, you're talking about people who work in the Congress, and we're talking about the Congress was under attack last week", Doocey said.
The House has now finished its first procedural vote on the rules that will guide the subsequent debate and vote on the impeachment article. But in a sign of the president's weakening grip on the party, even some of those who opposed impeachment condemned Trump's behaviour and blamed him for sparking the insurrection. "No true supporter of mine could ever disrespect law and order", Trump said. "He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love".
He called on Trump to take "immediate action" to accept his share of responsibility.
"Given the rules, procedures, and Senate precedents that govern presidential impeachment trials, there is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial could conclude before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week", he said.
Meijer, a billionaire heir to the family that started the eponymous MI supermarket chain who first assumed office this month, announced in a statement just minutes before the final vote that he would side with Democrats, saying Trump had "betrayed his oath of office". Just before 4 p.m., members of the House began their vote.
The impeachment proceedings came one week after a violent, pro-Trump mob breached the U.S. Capitol, sending lawmakers into hiding and revealing the fragility of the nation's history of peaceful transfers of power. "Everything that followed was his doing", she said, adding, "I will vote to impeach the president".
Security was exceptionally tight, while shocking images of National Guard troops massed at the iconic Capitol, with secure perimetres around the complex and metal-detector screenings required for lawmakers entering the House chamber. One officer died as a result of injuries sustained while confronting rioters, and one rioter was shot and killed by police. The riot delayed the tally of Electoral College votes that was the last step in finalizing Biden's victory. Trump was subsequently acquitted by the Senate. Protected by thousands of soldiers deployed to the Capitol grounds, the largest - and most bipartisan - group of lawmakers to impeach a president in USA history registered their condemnation.
Nikki Haley, the former SC governor and a United Nations ambassador under Trump, announced she had created a political action committee - nearly certainly a first step for a favorite in what now looks like a wide-open field for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
Conviction and removal of Trump would require a two-thirds vote in the Senate, which will be evenly divided.
Cheney announced in a Tuesday press release that she would vote to impeach the president.