Transcript for Trump impeached for historic 2nd time
President trump now the first American president to be impeached twice. All of the house Democrats and a record ten Republicans charging a sitting American president with insurrection against the U.S. Government. Just one week after the capitol was stormed by rioters you see right there and Washington, D.C. Now on the highest of alerts. More military troops in place to protect the capitol than are currently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Let that sink in. More are there in D.C. Than Donald Trump on track to be the first former president to stand trial in the senate because the U.S. Senate is on break and return on Tuesday which is the earliest that the house can send the article of impeachment for the senate to consider. We know the next day is the inauguration. That would be the first day the senate impeachment trial could begin in earnest. Mary Bruce starts us off with the latest on the showdown and what's next. Good morning, Mary. Reporter: Good morning, robin. Well, this was impeachment on warp speed and now Donald Trump is facing one final massive political test, even as he is leaving office. We saw those ten Republicans break in the house. The big question now, will the cracks in the GOP be enough for the senate to convict him? He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love. Reporter: This morning with just six days left in the white house, president trump is waking up as the only president in U.S. History to ever be impeached twice. The resolution is adopted. Reporter: The most bipartisan impeachment ever, ten Republicans joining Democrats to charge the president with incitement of insurrection for encouraging the mob that attacked the capitol and doing nothing to stop it. One week after the president's supporters stormed congress, Republican Dan Newhouse declaring the president had no excuse for his actions. Last week there was a domestic threat at the door of the capitol, and he did nothing to stop it. That is why with a heavy heart and clear resolve, I will vote yes on these articles of impeachment. Reporter: The defection led by the number three Republican in the house, Liz Cheney. She didn't speak out on the floor but she did give her colleagues cover saying there has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States. Most Republicans were unwilling to defend the president's actions arguing instead that impeachment would further divide the country. Even Republicans who just last week voted to overturn the election results, now calling for unity. President trump will be leaving in seven days. This will only bring up the hate and fire more than ever before. Reporter: Democrats furious. A police officer was killed and what I hear is time to heal. He's not even buried yet. Reporter: Insisting that in order to unite the country the president must be held accountable. Is there little time left? Yes. But it is never too late to do the right thing. Reporter: Over and over again Democrats placing the blame for the deadly riots on the president. In his harp -- harshest rebuke yet saying trump is responsibility. The president bears responsibility. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding. Reporter: But opposing impeachment arguing for censor instead. He has taken no responsibility for the action that is led to his P. We're going to walk down to the capitol because you'll never take back our country with weakness. Reporter: Overnight offering his strongest condemnation yet of the violence. No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence, no true supporter of mine could ever disrespect law enforcement or our great American flag. Reporter: But he had no response to his second impeachment. A trial in the senate could now start as soon as January 20th. Inauguration day. And could dominate the early days of Joe Biden's administration. The President-Elect calling for the senate to deal with their constitutional responsibilities on impeachment while also working on the other urgent business of this nation. So we're in a situation where the incoming president is going to be trying to get to work just as the outgoing president is being put on trial in the senate. Now, as for whether they will have the votes to convict, the Republican leader Mitch Mcconnell is still an open question. He told his members he hasn't made a final decision yet on how he will vote which, George, of course, means that the Republican leader is actually open to possibly convicting president trump. ING 0, Mary, thanks very much.
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