House is now debating the rules governing the 25 Amendment resolution they will vote on later tonight and in just the first few moment we've already learned new horrific things about Wednesday
-One Capitol Police officer may lose an eye
-An officer was shot at with his own gun
It's almost surreal to sit here and listen to representatives in the House chamber talk calmly about an attack they went through in the House chamber
.@latimes' take on the day's political news…
Other details from @RepMGS on the House floor:
-Police officers were tased in the riot
-Several have head injuries, she blames rioters using lead pipes

This is so notable in part because the public has received very little information about the extent of officers' injuries
What the House is voting on right now is just the rules governing debate. If it passes, as it is expected to do, there will be around another hour of debate and the final vote should be around 10:30 pm ET
Pence implored Pelosi not to pass the 25th Amend resolution in a letter

"I urge you and every member of Congress to avoid actions that would further divide and inflame the passions of the moment," he wrote. "Work with us to lower the temperature and unite our country..."
" we prepare to inaugurate President-elect Joe Biden... I pledge to you I will continue to do my part to work in good faith with the incoming administration to ensure an orderly transition of power. So help me God." Pence said in the letter
Pence's full letter is here:
Meanwhile, Pelosi has named the House impeachment managers. Vote expected late tomorrow

Raskin (Lead Manager)
Madeleine Dean
This is the vote on the rule. Remember, the vote on the 25th Amendment resolution isn't likely to start until about 10:30 p.m.
Pence — responding for the first time to calls that he take constitutional steps to remove Trump from office — declined to do so, and implored Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats not to pass the resolution urging him to invoke the 25th Amendment.…
Now the House is moving to the resolution urging Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office. There will be up to an hour of debate with the final vote expected by 10:30 pm ET
"They built a gallows outside the U.S. Capitol. They screamed 'where is Nancy?'" @RepRaskin says. "Every person in this room could have died."
.@RepMcClintock is the first member I've heard on the floor today defend Trump's speech to the crowd before it came to the Capitol on Wednesday
Acting Capitol Police Chief told GOP today there are now 1,000 national guardsman at Capitol and an 8 ft no-scale fence in place. Will be more guard and police day of and razor wire will be installed on the fence surrounding the perimeter of the U.S. Capitol grounds.
Here is @RepJohnKatko, the first Republican House member to announce he will join Democrats' impeachment effort. "The president's role in this insurrection in undeniable," he says, adding there must be consequences. He says he won't back the 25th Amendment resolution
Several Republicans have argued that the removing Trump through the 25th Amendment or impeachment will inflame tension.

"Unity in a national crisis starts with accountability," @RepSwalwell responds
A fourth Republican, @RepFredUpton announces he will back impeaching President Trump, saying "enough is enough"
"At some point we can unite and actually doing things that help the folks back home," @Jim_Jordan says, warning Democrats that "cancel culture" will come for them too.
The House is voting now on the resolution urging Pence and the Cabinet to use the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office.

Pence has already said he will not invoke the 25th Amendment
The House votes 223 to 205 to pass the resolution urging VP Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Trump from office days before the end of his term.
The House resumes at 9 a.m. tomorrow. It is expected to vote to impeach President Trump for "inciting an insurrection" sometime in the afternoon…
And just as I'm packing up, GOP Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler says she will vote to impeach Trump.

Joins Republicans Katko, Cheney, Kinzinger and Upton

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