The House is now in session and will begin impeachment proceedings

The House is debating ahead of a vote to impeach President Trump, who is charged with a single article, 'incitement of insurrection.' Follow live updates.

1/13/2021 6:10:00 PM

The House is debating ahead of a vote to impeach President Trump, who is charged with a single article, 'incitement of insurrection.' Follow live updates.

House Democrats will debate and hold a vote Wednesday to impeach President Trump for his role in inciting the deadly Capitol attack as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office. Follow here for the latest.

How Trump's second impeachment will be different from the firstAnalysis from CNN's Zachary B. WolfPresident Donald Trump holds a copy of The Washington Post as he speaks in the White House, one day after the U.S. Senate acquitted on two articles of impeachment, on February 6, 2020. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

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The overall impeachment process laid out in the Constitution is relatively simple: A President commits"high Crime or Misdemeanor," the House votes to impeach and the Senate conducts a trial.Those overall contours are constant. But there's no such thing as a routine impeachment.

The onefaces now, after inciting a riotous mob to attack the Capitol, is unprecedented in all sorts of ways, which means the process will feel entirely new and different from the one we saw in late 2019 around the Ukraine investigation.Specifically,, and the Senate trial will occur after Trump leaves office.

Here are some other key differences:What Trump is accused of doing:There was a lot of debate during Trump's first impeachment and trial about whetherthe pressure he exerted on the President of Ukraineamounted to"high Crimes and Misdemeanors" or simply a set of policies. This time, while there's an argument he committed treason, Democrats in the House have alleged Trump"engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States."

The Article argues that Trump incited his supporters by repeatedly denying the election results in the lead-up to the counting of the electoral votes, that he pressured Georgia's secretary of state to"find" additional votes for him, and in doing so he"gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government,""threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government."

. It's short.The House's timeline:Getting from Trump's misdeed to impeachment proceedings in the House took 86 days in 2019. It's going to take just a week in 2021. The House can essentially impeach at will. While there are precedents in place around instigating the impeachment process and utilizing House committees to investigate whether impeachable offenses occurred, none of that is necessarily required. And Democrats, moving quickly, aren't going to burden themselves by dragging this out.

And why bother with an investigation when this time Trump did it on TV? In that first effort, the details of Trump's pressure on Ukraine leaked out over the course of weeks and built into Democratic support to launch and conduct an investigation and, ultimately, to impeach him.

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With Trump's time in office set to expire at noon on Jan. 20, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also gave Trump and Vice President Mike Pence the option of avoiding impeachment if either Trump resigned or Pence mobilized the Cabinet to use the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.

When those two offramps were ignored, Democrats in the House moved quickly toward impeachment and the first post-presidential impeachment trial in US history.Impeaching Trump in the House requires only a simple majority and Democrats hope to gain at least some support from Republicans.

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i hope republicans know that those in their party that don't vote for impeachment, r just trying to save their own ass. they r putting themselves ahead of america. they r not proud republicans they r trumpets GOPs using the cause of ‘healing’ for opposing impeachment. Not much point in healing if the cause of infection is not dealt with first. If they had not allowed the infection to take root and grow unopposed by their apathy and loyalty Trump, all this could have been avoided.

Since taking office, the president has shown little concern for the plight of the Palestinians. He incited violence by unilaterally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, remained silent on the steady expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.