President Trump issues statement while House debates impeachment

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Updated: January 13, 2021 05:15 PM
Created: January 13, 2021 03:08 PM

President Donald Trump was in the Oval Office as the House of Representatives voted to impeach him.  Trump, who has been suspended from social media platforms, was expected to respond to the vote in a taped video to be released later Wednesday.

The president had issued a statement read on the House floor as members debated impeaching him for his role in fomenting the violent insurrection at the Capitol last week, saying he opposes violence. 

The message was read Wednesday by GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio.

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Trump says in a statement: “In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind.” Trump adds: “That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers.”
Trump is on the verge of being impeached for a second time in a fast-moving House vote, just a week after he encouraged loyalists to “fight like hell” against election results and then a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Five people died, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer.
The president falsely claimed widespread voter fraud cost him the election won by Democrat Joe Biden.

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