Trump plans video response to House voting on second impeachment


President Trump plans to respond to his second impeachment in a video message Wednesday night.

The tone and length of the planned response to the 232-197 vote was not immediately clear.

House Democrats joined by 10 Republicans impeached Trump for allegedly inciting last week’s Capitol riot, which disrupted certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

The Senate won’t begin his trial until after Trump leaves office on Jan. 20.

The impeachment briskly passed the House after over two hours of afternoon debate. Those voting to impeach said Trump organized a mob when he spoke to thousands of supporters and urged them to march on the Capitol to overturn Biden’s win.

Four Trump supporters and one police officer died during clashes at the Capitol.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday he’s undecided on whether to convict Trump — indicating Trump could indeed be convicted with the backing of some Republicans.

The Senate will be split 50-50 and two-thirds of the Senate must vote to convict.

Many House Republicans, including Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Reps. Chip Roy (R-Texas) and Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), blasted Trump’s pre-riot speech, but argued that a censure would be better than impeachment.

No House Republicans voted to impeach Trump during his first impeachment in December 2019. The Senate voted along party lines to acquit Trump in February, with a sole Republican, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, voting to convict on one of two counts.

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