Republican Jim McGovern, D-Massachussetts, said the debate was taking place at an “actual crime scene and we wouldn’t be here if it were not for the president of the United States.”
The House is considering impeaching Trump for the second time after last week’s riots at the Capitol as lawmakers met to certify the election results. McGovern says it was Trump and his allies who were stoking the anger of the violent mob.
He says Trump told the crowd to march to the Capitol and “the signal was unmistakable.”
Republican Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma said January 6th would live in his memory as the darkest day of his service in the House. But Cole said the Senate could not even begin to consider impeachment until after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in.
He said he could think of no action the House can take that would further divide the American people than the actions being taken on Wednesday. He added “it’s unfortunate that a path to support healing is not the path the majority has chosen today.” (AP)