US President Donald Trump
A fiery debate opened in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday over an effort to remove President Donald Trump from office for inciting supporters who carried out a deadly rampage at the Capitol last week.
Democrats pushed Republican lawmakers to disavow Mr. Trump's false claim that President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the November 3 election was illegitimate - the very claim that enraged Trump's supporters and prompted the violence in Washington that killed five including a police officer.
Republicans refused to concede that point, instead defending their unsuccessful effort last week to challenge the results of the election.
Making his first public appearance since the January 6 riot, Mr. Trump defended the remarks he made to supporters at a rally before they stormed the seat of Congress and lambasted Democrats for pushing ahead with a drive to impeach him for an unprecedented second time.
"As far this is concerned, we want no violence, never violence.... And on the impeachment, it's really a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics. It's ridiculous. It's absolutely ridiculous. This impeachment is causing tremendous anger and they're doing it and it's really a terrible thing that they're doing," he declared.
The Democratic-led House of Representatives plans to vote as soon as Wednesday on an article of impeachment charging Mr. Trump with inciting insurrection unless he resigns or Vice President Mike Pence moves to oust him under a provision in the U.S. Constitution.