Transcript for Some Republicans join Democrats in Trump’s second impeachment
The resolution is adopted without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. Reporter: A landmark moment. For the first time in history, the president of the united States impeached for a second time. Madam speaker, today I rise to support -- Reporter: After hours of testimony -- Mr. Speaker, we are debating this historic measure at an actual crime scene -- Reporter: Every single house Democrat joined by 10 house Republicans voting yes to impeach the president on a single charge of inciting insurrection after last week's rally. Let's walk down Pennsylvania avenue -- Reporter: Led to a siege on our nation's capitol. Donald J. Trump is now the first president in our country's history to be impeached twice. And that falls on the heels of an insurrection at the nation's capitol, a vote to impeach him that took place in the very room where that insurrection was under way. What do you think they would have done if they had Gatten in? What do you think they would have done to you? Reporter: The democratic majority largely arguing the president remains a threat to the nation, despite only having seven days left in office. Nancy Pelosi came out swinging. He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love. Reporter: But unlike the first time, they're now joined by 10 Republicans casting their votes to oust the president. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Dan new house, Jamie Herrera butler of Washington, Fred Upton, David Val la, Tom rice of south Carolina, Anthony Gonzales of Ohio, Adam Kinzinger from This may cost me my job, it may not. But this is the kind of decision that is worth putting it all on the line, because quite honestly, more time in congress is not worth losing what I believe to be an honor-losing vote. I think we have to understand that many people, even many of the people at this rally, went there because they were misled, that the election was stolen. So it's a process to inform people of how they were misled, about the importance of the peaceful transfer of power. Reporter: House Republican leader Kevin Mccarthy, long-time ally of the president, placing blame on trump for last week's attack on the capitol. The president bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack on congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when the violence unfolded. Reporter: But he sided with the nays saying impeachment would tear the country apart with such little time left. A vote to impeach would further fan the flames of partisan division. Reporter: Senate majority leader Mitch Mcconnell reportedly telling associates he believes trump committed impeachable offenses. Mitch Mcconnell has made clear there's not going to be time for a senate trial before Donald Trump's term ends. But he could get convicted after he leaves office. That would be another first, a grim first, for Donald Trump. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the second annual impeachment show extravaganza -- Reporter: Among is 197 Republican members of congress who voted no on impeachment, many lobbing blame on their Democrat colleagues. Republican Jim Jordan of Ohio joined a chorus of GOP representatives taking aim at the Democrats' motives. Not just about impeachment anymore, it's about canceling, as I've said. Canceling the president and anyone that disagrees with them. Reporter: Matt Gates of Florida, one of president trump's fiercest defenders, suggesting the Democrats have instigated even more violence. I denounce political violence from all ends of the spectrum, but make no mistake, the left in America has incited far more political violence than the right, for months our cities burned, police stations burned, our businesses were shattered, and they said nothing. Reporter: He and other fellow Republicans comparing last ek's attack on government to protests by black lives matter activists. If we prosecuted blm and antifa rioters across the country with the same determination these last six months, this incident may not have happened at all. There was nothing more insulting to the general population's intelligence or the spirit of the African-American community specifically than watching one after another blame black people for what transcended, not mentioning why there are protests in the first place, the deaths of breonna Taylor, ahmaud arbery, George Floyd. Reporter: Over 90% of the black lives matter protests were peaceful, but they were overwhelmingly met with more force than at the capitol last week. It looked like an army that was ready for battle when black lives matter protesters went by. And we all witnessed what the police presence was like during the January 6th attack. So we can just see with our own eyes the disparity between how the protests of black lives matter were handled. I have a huge problem with antifa, I condemn the actions in the summer. But an attack on the legislative branch of the U.S. Government is a far different thing. When I hear that stuff, it just makes me determined that, look, we have to fight hard for the future of this country and the party. Reporter: An uncertain future as law enforcement in the nation's capital and capital cities in all 50 states are on high alert for domestic terrorists. The president releasing a new video to the white house YouTube page. I want to be very clear. I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week. Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country, and no place in our Reporter: What trump did not mention is his historic second impeachment. Noticeable as he once again did not take responsibility for his role in incite the assaults last week. Congresswoman Abigail spinberger of Virginia was one of the representatives sheltering during the siege on the capitol. We tried to make our way to escape out of the gallery. We didn't make it out, and in fact, ended up locked down in the chamber. It was an experience that I -- I would have never thought possible in the United States capitol. Reporter: Spenberger one of 122 Democrats voting for impeachment. It is an issue of ensuring every person that holds this office in the future, recognizes and knows and understands that in the United States of America, under no circumstances do we accept that the president of the United States would incite a violent mob to insurrection for the purpose of holding on to power. Reporter: In our nation's nearly 250-year history, impeaching a president is extremely rare. Only three U.S. Presidents have been impeached. The other impeachments have been about conduct. This is an impeachment about an attack on the democracy itself. Summoned by the president is the allegation. Reporter: What is left to be seen what is the senate will do with and it what will be written in the history books. Whatever Donald Trump's accomplishments, whatever they might have been, first line of the obituary, he's the only president to have been impeached twice, and for this. For more on this historic impeachment vote, earlier this evening I spoke with house majority whip and democratic congressman from South Carolina Jim Clyburn. Congressman, thank you so much for joining us. You made an impassioned argument today not just for impeachment, but for preventing president trump from, in your words, seizing public office again. Why is that so important? I believe it's important for people to realize that when you get in a position of trust, you've got to demonstrate not just for the people currently interacting with you, but for the future. That this country is not here for the benefit of any one person, that it's here for the benefit of all. And if you have been impeached for the second time within what, a year and a half, then we should say that that in and of itself is enough for you not to ever hold office again. I want to talk to you about the Republicans who cry hypocrisy today, criticizing Democrats for their support for the black lives matter protests as the highest-ranking black member of congress, how do you respond to that? And what was your reaction to the police response to the assault on the capitol? If you ever wonder why we feel the way we feel, say the things we say, just look at the difference in the preparation for black lives matter's peaceful demonstration and this one. And the difference is skin Congressman Clyburn, thanks for your time, as always. It's good to see you well after the craziness of last Wednesday. Thank you, sir. Thank you very much.
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