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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., displays the signed article of impeachment against President Donald Trump in an engrossment ceremony before transmission to the Senate for trial on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

Pelosi mum on when impeachment will reach Senate

President Trump was impeached Wednesday afternoon and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a ceremony to sign the article of impeachment hours later. But the document still hasn't been sent to the Senate, which would hold the actual trial. Published January 15, 2021

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., gavels in the final vote of the impeachment of President Donald Trump, for his role in inciting an angry mob to storm the Congress last week, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Proxy voting opens potential legal loophole for Trump

With President Trump's fate at stake, dozens of House members on Wednesday cast their votes by proxy, under special coronavirus rules allowing them to offer their input through the use of a designated voter. And in doing so, they may have given Mr. Trump a legal angle to challenge the move. Published January 13, 2021

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., walks to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office on Capital Hill, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Washington, as the House of Representatives is pursuing an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump for his role in inciting an angry mob to storm the Capitol last week. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

House impeaches Trump for second time

With last week's attack on Congress ringing as a battle cry, the House voted Tuesday to impeach President Trump for the second time in his four-year tenure, accusing him of inciting insurrection. Published January 13, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., arrives as a joint session of the House and Senate convenes to confirm the Electoral College votes cast in November's election, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP) **FILE**

McConnell says he's undecided on impeachment

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday he has not decided how he'll vote when the Senate sits in trial on the impeachment of President Trump. Published January 13, 2021

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., returns to her leadership office from the House chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, as the House of Representatives pursues an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump for his role in inciting an angry mob to storm the Capitol last week. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Pelosi calls impeachment a 'duty'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi implored fellow lawmakers Wednesday to embrace a moment of "duty" as she kicked off the official debate that will likely lead to President Trump becoming the first ever to be twice impeached. Published January 13, 2021

The U.S. Capitol dome is seen, Monday, July 9, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ** FILE **

House plans for Trump impeachment vote by mid-afternoon

The House convened Wednesday for what will be the speediest impeachment of a president in history, with a vote planned by mid-afternoon charging the president with inciting insurrection in last week's attack on Congress. Published January 13, 2021

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence arrive to speak at a roundtable with people positively impacted by law enforcement, Monday, July 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

House passes 25th Amendment resolution asking Pence to oust Trump

The House voted late Tuesday to approve a resolution begging Vice President Mike Pence to trigger the 25th Amendment and sideline President Trump, a largely symbolic spanking that was a prelude to a bigger fight over impeachment. Published January 12, 2021

In this Oc. 2, 2020, file photo Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., speaks as Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar testifies to the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, on Capitol Hill in Washington. After a violent mob launched a deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol that forced Raskin and his colleagues to evacuate. the Maryland Democrat and former constitutional law professor is leading the effort to remove President Donald Trump from office for inciting the riot. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool, File)

Pelosi taps Rep. Jamie Raskin to lead impeachment case

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday tapped Rep. Jamie Raskin to lead the impeachment case against President Trump on Wednesday, skipping over the high-profile managers who led Democrats' previous effort a year ago. Published January 12, 2021

Vice President Mike Pence officiates as a joint session of the House and Senate reconvenes to confirm the Electoral College votes at the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Pence blasts Democrats' attempt to invoke 25th Amendment

Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday blasted Democrats' demand that he trigger the 25th Amendment to oust President Trump with little more than a week to go in office, saying it was a distraction from critical issues the country must face. Published January 12, 2021

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., center, smiles after joining other freshman Republican House members for a group photo at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Gun-toting GOP congresswoman, Capitol Police in standoff over bag

House Democrats imposed a new rule Tuesday requiring all lawmakers to have to go through a metal detector to reach the chamber floor -- and it immediately sparked a standoff with a freshman Republican who says she carries her own firearm with her. Published January 12, 2021

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference on the day after violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Democrats release impeachment report

House Democrats released a report Tuesday evening detailing their case for impeaching President Trump, saying his "prolonged effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election" has earned him an early ouster from office. Published January 12, 2021

President Donald Trump points to a member of the audience after speaking near a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Alamo, Texas. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump cautions Biden not to take down 'completed' border wall

President Trump proclaimed his border wall "completed" Tuesday as he traveled to Texas to declare victory on a signature campaign promise, even if it had been scaled back and Mexico hadn't paid for any of it. Published January 12, 2021

Department of Homeland Security acting Secretary Chad Wolf makes an opening statement at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Acting Homeland Secretary Chad Wolf announces resignation

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad F. Wolf said Thursday he has stepped down and that the chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency will take over his duties as the department prepares for the presidential inauguration. Published January 11, 2021