The Latest: In video, Trump condemns deadly riot he fomented

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the fallout from the attack of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump loyalists (all times local):

6:25 p.m.

President Donald Trump has released a video condemning the violent insurrection he fomented at the Capitol last week.

The video came out Wednesday after he was impeached by the House for a record second time, this time with Republican votes. Trump also called on his supporters to remain peaceful amid concerns about additional violence in the days before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Trump says: “I want to be very clear: I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week.” He says, “Like all of you I was shocked and deeply saddened by the calamity” and “no true supporter” of his “could ever endorse political violence.”

Trump also said that he had directed federal agencies “to use all necessary resources to maintain order in Washington, D.C.” over the next week.”

Trump made no reference to becoming the first president in the nation’s history to be impeached twice.



The House voted Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for an unprecedented second time. The move comes one week after he encouraged a mob of loyalists to “fight like hell” against election results and the Capitol became the target of a deadly siege.

Read more:

— Trump impeached after Capitol riot in historic second charge

— McConnell blocks quick Senate vote; it’s unclear how he’ll vote

— Led by Cheney, 10 House Republicans vote to impeach Trump

— AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s call to action distorted in debate



6:10 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina was one of only 10 House Republican to join Democrats in voting to impeach President Donald Trump, a stunning reversal from his position just days earlier.

Rice said in a statement Wednesday that he had backed Trump “through thick and thin for four years” but called Trump’s handling of the Capitol violence an ”utter failure” that “is inexcusable.” Rice was among the House Republicans who voted last week to throw out Arizona’s electoral votes, which went to President-elect Joe Biden.

The House voted to impeach Trump on a charge of incitement of an insurrection on a 232-197 vote.

Two days ago, Rice told local media that he didn’t support impeachment, saying Trump had acted recklessly but, with just days remaining in Trump’s term, “Let’s not stoke further division.”

Rice represents South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, an area near Myrtle Beach that voted heavily for Trump. Rice was recently elected to his fifth term but is among the lesser-known member of South Carolina’s delegation. He had previously been a steadfast supporter of Trump’s.


5:40 p.m.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer vows there will be an impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, even if it’s after he leaves office and Democrat Joe Biden is inaugurated.

Schumer said Wednesday that the trial could begin immediately if Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell agreed to convene an emergency session.

He says if not, the trial will begin after Jan. 19. That’s …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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