House pushes to impeach Trump after deadly Capitol riot

By Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 8:26 p.m. ET, January 11, 2021
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12:21 p.m. ET, January 11, 2021

House Democrat on articles of impeachment: "We have the numbers to pass it"

From CNN's Manu Raju with DJ Judd

Rep. David Cicilline speaks during a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on July 29, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Rep. David Cicilline speaks during a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on July 29, 2020 in Washington, DC. Graeme Jennings/Pool/Getty Images

Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) told CNN's Manu Raju that they "have the numbers to pass” the articles of impeachment against President Trump. Cicilline drafted the articles along with Reps. Ted Lieu, Jamie Raskin, and House Judiciary staff.

Cicilline told Manu Monday that he expected they'll “have Republican support,” to impeach President Trump after Trump spurred supporters to storm the Capitol last Wednesday, though he did not expect Republican co-sponsors.

Cicilline also told Manu he expects a vote Wednesday, but that it’s House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s call.

Pressed by reporters on the timeline, Cicilline said, “I think it’s urgent that the President be removed immediately,” warning that, so long as he remains in office, Trump represents “a clear and present danger.” 

12:25 p.m. ET, January 11, 2021

House Majority Leader Hoyer says vote on impeachment may be Wednesday

From CNN's Manu Raju

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer speaks with reporters at the US Capitol on Monday, January 11 in Washington, DC.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer speaks with reporters at the US Capitol on Monday, January 11 in Washington, DC. Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told CNN he expects the vote to impeach President Trump will occur on Wednesday.

He said he wants the articles to be sent right away to the Senate and not delay sending them over. That could mean a Senate trial in the first few days of the Biden presidency.

House Democrats formally introduced their resolution to impeach Trump today, charging him with "incitement of insurrection" for his role in last week's riots at the US Capitol.

The impeachment resolution that the House is poised to vote on is the Democrats' first step toward making Trump the first president in history to be impeached twice.

Hoyer also he said he’s going to a meeting right now on Capitol security surrounding the inaugural.

11:45 a.m. ET, January 11, 2021

Fort Bragg investigating role of Army Captain's presence at events in DC that led to rioters storming Capitol

From CNN's Barbara Starr and Oren Liebermann

An Army officer assigned to the Psychological Operations Group at Fort Bragg in North Carolina is being investigated by the US Army for her involvement in the events in Washington last week that led to rioters breaching the US Capitol. 

Commanders at Fort Bragg are investigating the involvement of Capt. Emily Rainey at the US Capitol last Wednesday, Major Dan Lessard, spokesperson for the 1st Special Forces Command said. 

Rainey told the Associated Press on Sunday that she led 100 people from the Moore County Citizens for Freedom group in North Carolina to the rally in Washington last Wednesday but said she did not know of anyone form the group who entered the Capitol. 

“I was a private citizen and doing everything right and within my rights,” Rainey told the AP.

A defense official told CNN that Rainey had submitted her resignation from the Army prior to the events that unfolded last week, and that her resignation was not tied to Wednesday’s events. 

CNN affiliate, WRAL  in Raleigh, North Carolina, reported that Rainey last May posted a video of her ripping down caution tape at a playground that was closed because of North Carolina’s coronavirus restrictions. 

CNN attempts to reach Rainey have been unsuccessful.

 

11:38 a.m. ET, January 11, 2021

Pentagon expects to have 10,000 National Guard troops in DC by Saturday

From CNN's Barbara Starr

National Guard members are seen outside the US Capitol building on Monday, January 11 in Washington, DC.
National Guard members are seen outside the US Capitol building on Monday, January 11 in Washington, DC. Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images

The Pentagon plans to have 10,000 National Guard troops in Washington, DC, by Saturday as troops already earmarked for the inauguration begin to arrive, according to a senior defense official. 

The official said the Army is currently working on new requests from the DC government, Park Police and US Capitol Police, so the amount of forces could still grow higher. 

CNN reported on Sunday that the actual number could go as high as 13,000 guardsmen at the time of the President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration which will take place on Jan. 20.

There is a full rehearsal with troops this week in DC. The DOJ command center will be extra robust with virtually every Cabinet department and law enforcement agency plugging in, the official said. 

Currently there 6,200 National Guard members who already been mobilized in the wake of the Capitol being stormed by pro-Trump rioters. 

11:35 a.m. ET, January 11, 2021

The House has formally introduced impeachment articles. Here's what happens next.

From CNN's Capitol Hill team

Moments ago, House Democrats’ impeachment resolution was formally introduced. The bill was not announced on the floor because it hasn’t been brought to the House floor yet for a vote, but the measure was introduced to allow for it to be taken up later this week.

Here's a look at how the rest of the week could play out, according to House Democrats. 

  • Tomorrow: House Rules Committee Jim McGovern said on New Day that his panel will meet to approve a rule that would govern the floor debate for the 25th amendment bill, which has been drafted by congressman Jamie Raskin.  
  • Wednesday: McGovern also said that the House Rules Committee will meet to approve the rule for the impeachment resolution.
  • After that: The floor vote is the big question still. It could be Wednesday, but it's possible it could slip to Thursday. We should get more clarity on this later Monday.
11:30 a.m. ET, January 11, 2021

Impeachment resolution has been formally introduced in the House

From CNN's Lauren Fox and Jeremy Herb

House Democrats’ impeachment resolution was formally introduced Monday during the House’s brief session.  They are charging President Trump with "incitement of insurrection" for his role in last week's riots at the US Capitol.

The bill was not announced on the House floor because it hasn’t been brought to the floor yet for a vote, but the measure was introduced to allow for it to be taken up later this week.

The single impeachment article points to Trump's repeated false claims that he won the election and his speech to the crowd on Jan. 6 before pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol.

It also cites Trump's call with the Georgia Republican secretary of state where the President urged him to "find" enough votes for Trump to win the state.

Read the full document here.

12:51 p.m. ET, January 11, 2021

Republicans object to House bill calling Pence to invoke 25th Amendment, forcing full House vote later in week

From CNN's Jeremy Herb, Manu Raju, Lauren Fox and Phil Mattingly

Republicans just blocked a bill introduced by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer aimed at pushing President Trump out of office through the 25th Amendment. 

Democrats on Monday sought to take up a resolution from Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland urging Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment, but it was blocked by Republicans. 

Hoyer tried to pass the resolution Monday through unanimous consent. West Virginia Republican Rep. Alex Mooney objected to the request.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said the Democrats will move to bring the resolution for a full floor vote on Tuesday.

The House is now adjourned until 9 a.m. ET tomorrow.

Some more background: Democrats are calling on Pence to respond within 24 hours, she said. If that does not happen, Democrats will bring their impeachment resolution to the floor. House Democrats unveiled the articles of impeachment against Trump today.

The single impeachment article points to Trump's repeated false claims that he won the election and his speech to the crowd on Jan. 6 before pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol. It also cited Trump's call with the Georgia Republican secretary of state where the President urged him to "find" enough votes for Trump to win the state.

Watch the moment:

12:33 p.m. ET, January 11, 2021

The House gavels in with Democrats set to formally introduce new resolution to impeach Trump

From CNN's Jeremy Herb, Manu Raju, Lauren Fox and Phil Mattingly

House TV
House TV

The House just gaveled in, and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer will go to the floor to try to get quick passage of a bill to push President Trump out of office through the 25th Amendment. 

Republicans are expected to block that measure. The articles of impeachment against Trump are then expected to be formally announced.

The single impeachment article points to Trump's repeated false claims that he won the election and his speech to the crowd on Jan. 6 before pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol. It also cited Trump's call with the Georgia Republican secretary of state where the President urged him to "find" enough votes for Trump to win the state.

Some more background: The impeachment resolution is Democrats' first step toward holding an impeachment vote this week to make Trump the first president in history to be impeached for a second time.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told House Democrats on Sunday evening that the House would proceed with bringing an impeachment resolution to the floor this week unless Vice President Mike Pence moves to invoke the 25th Amendment with a majority of the Cabinet to remove Trump from power.

Pelosi said that if they were blocked, the House would consider the measure on Tuesday. Democrats are calling on Pence to respond within 24 hours, she said. If that does not happen, Democrats will bring their impeachment resolution to the floor.

Timing of an impeachment vote is still fluid, though the expectation is it would happen on Wednesday.

12:09 p.m. ET, January 11, 2021

National Park Service will close Washington Monument and possibly others areas ahead of inauguration

From CNN's Greg Wallace

Samuel Corum/Getty Images
Samuel Corum/Getty Images

The Washington Monument will close to visitors for more than two weeks, a time period that includes the inauguration, the National Park Service announced Monday, citing threats from the groups behind the Capitol riot to “disrupt the 59th presidential inauguration.”  

The park service said it also “may institute temporary closures of public access to roadways, parking areas and restrooms within the National Mall and Memorial Parks if conditions warrant, to protect public safety and park resources.”  

The Washington Monument is the tallest structure in the District of Columbia and sits near the White House. 

Crowds typically congregate on the National Mall between the Capitol complex and the White House to watch presidential inauguration take place. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s festivities were already going to be different.  

Several other park sites in the area are currently closed because of the pandemic, the park service noted in its statement.