President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time Wednesday, charged with "incitement of insurrection" over the deadly mob siege of the Capitol in a swift and stunning collapse of his final days in office.
With the Capitol secured by armed National Guard troops inside and out, the House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump. The proceedings moved at lightning speed, with lawmakers voting just one week after violent pro-Trump loyalists stormed the U.S. Capitol, egged on by the president's calls for them to "fight like hell" against the election results.
Ten Republicans fled Trump, joining Democrats who said he needed to be held accountable and warned ominously of a "clear and present danger" if Congress should leave him unchecked before Democrat Joe Biden's inauguration Jan. 20.
Trump is the only U.S. president to be twice impeached.
On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux, a Democrat who represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District, voted in favor of impeachment and gave her first remarks on the House floor.
"I teach a civics class where I point out that our democracy is not self-executing, it requires people of good faith and ethics," said Rep. Bourdeaux on the floor of the United States House of Representatives during today's debate on the article of impeachment. "The President has repeatedly challenged Georgia's election results, but despite three recounts and many investigations, the results are clear: Joe Biden won Georgia. The idea that our election was fraudulent is a lie. Our President used this lie to incite a violent mob to attack the Capitol.
“I ask my colleagues to act with ethics and good faith, to reject the lies, and support the article of impeachment."
U.S. Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Athens, who recently replaced Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, in representing the 9th District, voted against impeachment.
Clyde opposed efforts to impeach President Donald Trump in remarks made Wednesday, Jan. 13, on the House floor.
“This course of action will only increase dissent and disunity across our country, and it flies in the face of all efforts to heal our nation,” he said.
“Quite simply, it is a shameful final act of political retribution — retribution this president has weathered since day one.”
Clyde, beginning his first term representing the 9th District, which includes Hall and Forsyth Counties, said he had “no doubt that those who breached the Capitol will have due process and their day in court.
“However, there will be no investigation in the people’s House into whether the allegation against the president meets the criteria for a crime worthy of impeachment.
“No evidence presented. No witnesses testified. No cross-examination was conducted.
No due process was afforded and that sets an extremely dangerous precedent.”
Clyde said that if Democrats “were serious in their efforts to get to the truth, they would convene the House Judiciary Committee and investigate. But they are not.
“And so, I’m proud to stand before you today to defend our president from the injustices my Democratic colleagues are so giddy to pursue.”
Associated Press and Kelly Whitmire with Forsyth County News contributed.