As the House debates Trump's impeachment today, the only question is how many Republicans will finally do the right thing and join Democrats in calling for Trump's removal. The "principled" Republicans that remain that don't want to face possible expulsion and sedition charges better pay attention, because the evidence is mounting that their House colleagues were in on the coup plot to slaughter Democrats.
Rep. Mikie Sherrill, during a live webcast Tuesday evening, said she witnessed some members of Congress leading people through the Capitol on Jan. 5 in what she termed a "reconnaissance for the next day," when insurrectionists took part in a deadly siege on the legislative branch.
During the Facebook Live, Sherrill, D-Montclair, addressed her constituents to explain why she voted for a resolution to ask Vice President Mike Pence to remove President Donald Trump from office by invoking the 25th Amendment. That measure passed late Tuesday, 223-205, but Pence had notified House Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier in the day that he would not comply with the request.
That makes it likely that the House will, for the second time, impeach Trump on Wednesday. Sherrill said she intends to support an article of impeachment against Trump for "incitement of insurrection."
After laying out her reasons for seeking Trump's removal, Sherrill moved on to those of her congressional colleagues who, she said, "abetted" the president's attempt to overturn the results of the election and undermine democracy by inciting a violent mob.
"I'm going to see they are held accountable and, if necessary, ensure that they don't serve in Congress," she said, speaking sedately, but severely.
Sherrill's commentary on her colleagues is below:“We can’t have a democracy if members of Congress are actively helping the president overturn the elections results.
And so not only do I intend to see that the president is removed and never runs for office again and doesn’t have access to classified material, I also intend to see that those members of Congress who abetted him; those members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on Jan. 5 — a reconnaissance for the next day; those members of Congress that incited this violent crowd; those members of Congress that attempted to help our president undermine our democracy; I'm going to see they are held accountable, and if necessary, ensure that they don't serve in Congress.”
Sherrill did not specify whether the "groups" were Trump supporters or detail what took place during the "reconnaissance." The term refers to an exploratory mission for the purpose of gaining information.
This is a very bold accusation, but frankly I've suspected this was true on some level for a week now. The insurrectionists who flooded the Capitol with blood, weapons, and violence knew where they were going and what they were doing. They hit specific offices of specific members of Congress. If things had gone even a little differently in the timeline, we'd be talking about whether or not Trump and his ruling junta were even going to allow funerals for the House Democrats who died.
Keep all this in mind going forward.