At least one Senate Republican would consider supporting congressional Democrats' effort to impeach President Donald Trump after his supporters, inflamed by his false claims of election fraud, stormed the U.S. Capitol. This was reported by Reuters.
Democrats in the House of Representatives, which holds the power to impeach the president, will hold a conference call at noon (1700 GMT) to discuss their next steps, according to two Democratic aides.
If a president is impeached, the Senate holds a trial and votes on removal, with a two-thirds majority required for conviction. Republican Senator Ben Sasse said on Friday he would “definitely consider” any articles of impeachment from the House. Trump has “disregarded his oath of office,” Ben Sasse commented.
As calls mounted for the Republican president to be removed before his term ends on Jan. 20, Trump finally denounced Wednesday’s violence that left five people dead, including a police officer. In a video, he promised a smooth and orderly transition of power, though he stopped short of abandoning his claims of fraud.