20.000 medlemmer av Nasjonalgarden er utplassert i Washington for å sørge for en trygg innsettelse 20. januar. Det er tre ganger så mange soldater som USA har i Afghanistan og Irak. foto: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP/Scanpix

Donald Trump fikk onsdag kveld den tvilsomme ære av å være den første president i historien som er tiltalt to ganger i en riksrettssak. Ti Republikanske representanter stemte for.

Stemmetallet var 232 for og 197 mot.

Nancy Pelosi sa rett ut til Lisa Stahl at en av hensiktene med tiltalen er å hindre Trump å stille i 2024.

Minoritetsleder Kevin McCarthy stemte mot. Den mest kjente Republikaneren som stemte for var Liz Cheney:

“On January 6, 2021 a violent mob attacked the United States Capitol to obstruct the process of our democracy and stop the counting of presidential electoral votes. This insurrection caused injury, death and destruction in the most sacred space in our Republic,” Cheney said in a statement addressing her decision to back impeachment.

“Much more will become clear in coming days and weeks, but what we know now is enough. The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President,” the lawmaker added. “The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”

“I will vote to impeach the President,” she concluded.

Når oversendes saken til Senatet, der flertallsleder Mitch McConnell sier at han ikke vil innkalle til møte før 19. januar, forsent til å stemme før Trump er ute.

Trump sendte ut en anmodning om ro.

“In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking, and NO vandalism of any kind,” the president said in a statement first obtained by Fox News.

“That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for,” he added. “I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers.”

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