U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday evening signed the enforcement of the article of impeachment against President Donald Trump that her chamber passed earlier in the day.
Trump released a video on Twitter almost simultaneously in the evening where he did not mention impeachment. Instead Trump focused his remarks on the violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6, which ultimately led the House of Representatives to impeach him for incitement of insurrection.
Meanwhile, a large presence of guard members dressed in fatigues and carrying rifles guarded the outside of the building, while others lined the corridors of the Capitol.
The National Guard were on a 24-hour watch in the U.S. Capitol after last week’s violence, with off-duty members left to catch naps in hallways and below the bust of General George Washington, who led the United States to victory in its battle for independence against Britain more than two centuries ago.