Pelosi signs article of impeachment charging Trump with incitement

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse passes measure calling on Pence to remove Trump Trump told Pence he could be a ‘patriot’ or ‘p—-‘ when overseeing election vote: report Pelosi names 9 impeachment managers MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday, following a bipartisan vote in the House, officially signed the article of impeachment charging President TrumpDonald TrumpGrowing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment YouTube temporarily bars uploading of new content on Trump’s channel House passes measure calling on Pence to remove Trump MORE with inciting last week’s violent mob that overtook the Capitol.

While speaking to reporters ahead of the signing, Pelosi said that with the 232-197 vote in favor of impeachment, “the House demonstrated that no one is above the law, not even the president of the United States.”

She said the vote also signaled “that Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our country and that once again we honor our oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help us God.”

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“And now, I sadly and with a heart broken over what this means to our country, of a president who would incite insurrection, will sign the engrossment of the article of impeachment,” Pelosi said before she moved to a table in front of other House Democratic leaders to sign the article.

Wednesday’s historic vote made Trump the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.

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In a floor speech ahead of the vote, Pelosi said Trump’s refusal to concede his election defeat — and his calls for supporters to take the fight to the Capitol — amounted to sedition.

“We know we experienced the insurrection that violated the sanctity of the people’s Capitol,” Pelosi said. “And we know that the president of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion, against our common country.”

“He must go,” she added. “He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”

Last week’s attack on the Capitol left five people dead, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was struck by a fire extinguisher. A California woman was fatally shot by an officer as she tried to storm the Speaker’s lobby just off the House floor.

Ten Republicans joined Democrats in voting for impeachment, the most prominent being House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyGrowing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment House passes measure calling on Pence to remove Trump Republican Fred Upton says he’ll vote to impeach Trump MORE (Wyo.), the No. 3 Republican in the chamber and the highest-ranking GOP woman in Congress.

“There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” Cheney said in a statement.

The vote will now be followed by a trial in the Senate, though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouse passes measure calling on Pence to remove Trump Trump, House GOP relationship suddenly deteriorates Kinzinger says he’ll vote to impeach Trump MORE (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that the proceedings aren’t likely to start until Jan. 19a day before President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenGrowing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment House passes measure calling on Pence to remove Trump Disney, Walmart say they will block donations to lawmakers who objected to Electoral College results MORE will be inaugurated.

McConnell also said he has not yet decided whether he will vote to convict or acquit Trump, adding that he will listen to the legal arguments presented during the trial.