The US House of Representatives will vote later to impeach President Trump on charges of inciting his supporters to storm the Capitol last week.The vote is expected to pass in the Democrat-led House, which would make him the first US president to be impeached twice.
A growing number of Republicans have voiced their support for impeachment, including senior House Republican Liz Cheney.
But Republican Tom Cole urged others to vote against because it's a "flawed process" that will fuel divisions.President Trump has defended his pre-riot speech, in which he encouraged supporters to march to the Capitol, saying it was "totally appropriate".
If Trump is impeached in the House, the Senate will then hold a trial. A two-thirds majority is required to convict him.
It comes after Vice-President Mike Pence rejected efforts to invoke the 25th Amendment to strip Trump of power.
The FBI says 70 people have been charged and 170 others identified over the deadly riots that left five people dead.
Washington DC transformed into a fortress
As dawn broke over the Capitol this morning, it was an unimaginable sight. Troop carriers
Disgorging the National Guard – being handed rifles and riot shields.
In the hallowed marble halls of Congress, soldiers slept. In one corner they huddled under a
bust of the civil war president, Abraham Lincoln.
Impeachment 2.0 is different from last year’s iteration. For a start, the congressional chamber
where this is being heard is also the crime scene; where the Trump supporting mob descended
last week. And unlike last year, this isn’t about some call to a Ukrainian politician about a gas
company no one had heard of. This is about an assault on the sacred heart of US democracy.
Last time around every Republican voted as a block to back the president. Not likely today.
A number have said they are going to vote to impeach, and tellingly there has not been a single
Republican voice defending Donald Trump, merely a questioning of the process.
Airbnb announced today that it was cancelling all bookings in Washington for next week, as have
some hotels, to stop potential rioters from coming to town.
The nation’s capital is being transformed into a citadel.
Pelosi: 'It should break your heart'
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (C) wears a protective mask while walking to the House Floor at the U.S. Capitol on January 13, 2021.
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"The president must be convicted by the Senate that will ensure the Republic will be safe from this man who is so resolutely determined to tear down the things we hold dear and that hold us together," she says.
Pelosi adds that it breaks her heart to be at yet another impeachment session.
"It should break your heart. It should break all of our hearts."
She says this move is "not motivated by partisanship".
"I stand before you as an officer of the Constitution, as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a daughter - a daughter whose father proudly served in this Congress."
She asks lawmakers for some soul searching. "Is the president's war on democracy in keeping with the Constitution?"
Pelosi concludes: "My fellow Americans, we cannot escape history. Let us fulfill our duty and honour the trust of our nation."
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Pelosi calls Trump 'clear and present danger'
Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi spoke as the debate on impeachment begins.
"We hold the power and bear the responsibility," she says to Abraham Lincoln's words.
"We know that the president of the US incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country. He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love."
英文單字學習:1. to impeach (v.彈劾) impeachment (n 彈劾)
2. is expected to (被期待)
3. urged others to vote against (催促他人投反對票)
4. flawed process 瑕疵程序
5. fuel divisions 點燃了分離
6. has defended his pre-riot speech (辨護暴動前的演講)
7. deadly riots (致命的爆動)
8. two-thirds majority (2/3多數)
9. to invoke the 25th Amendment to strip Trump of power (引用第25修正案剝奪川普權力)
10. transformed (變型)
11. fortress (堡壘)
12. unimaginable sight (視線不清楚)
13. being handed rifles and riot shields (手持步槍和抗暴盾牌)
14. hallowed (神聖的)
15. iteration (反覆)
16. supporting mob descended (支持暴民突然襲擊)
17. citadel (要塞)
18. wears a protective mask (戴了保護性的口罩)
19. be convicted (被證明有罪的)
20. motivated (給予動機)
21. We hold the power and bear the responsibility (我們握有權力和承擔責任)
22. Insurrection (暴動)
23. armed rebellion (武裝叛亂)