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Impeachment article to be sent to Senate Monday

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will deliver the article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump to the U.S. Senate on Monday, triggering the second-ever impeachment trial for the former commander-in-chief for his role in the January 6 Capitol riot that left five people dead.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) made the announcement on the Senate floor Friday, saying that Pelosi had told him the single impeachment article for “incitement of insurrection” will be sent to the upper congressional chamber Monday.

“It will be a full trial; it will be a fair trial,” Schumer said.

The new Senate majority leader did not provide any details as to how the trial will be conducted. Meanwhile, the leaders of both political parties have yet to finalize a schedule for the process.

Last week, the House of Representatives voted 232-197 to impeach then-President Trump, alleging that he incited a violent mob of his most extreme supporters that stormed the U.S. Capitol on the same day Congress was tallying the states’ Electoral College votes and certifying Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.

All House Democrats and 10 Republicans approved the single article.

Trump is now the only president in U.S. history to be impeached more than once, and he will become the first to receive a Senate impeachment trial after leaving office.

In order to convict Trump, 17 Republican senators will need join forces with all 50 Senate Democrats to reach a two-thirds supermajority.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.

After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.

Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”

“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”

Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”

A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”

Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.

In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”

 

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