Fact-checking Trump's impeachment debate in the House

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Only 13 months after the House first impeached President Donald Trump, lawmakers were back on Wednesday voting to impeach Trump an unprecedented second time for a US president. During the debate on the resolution, which charges that Trump incited a violent insurrection against the government on January 6, some of Trump's allies were still using many of the same arguments they did a year ago to criticize Democrats and defend Trump's actions. They also perpetuated misleading narratives about the events that led up to the attack on the Capitol.
(CNN) Only 13 months after the House first impeached President Donald Trump , lawmakers were back on Wednesday voting to impeach Trump an unprecedented second time for a US president. During the debate on the resolution, which charges that Trump incited a violent insurrection against the government on January 6, some of Trump's allies were still using many of the same arguments they did a year ago to criticize Democrats and defend Trump's actions. They also perpetuated misleading narratives about the events that led up to the attack on the Capitol.

Here is a selection of false and misleading claims from Wednesday's impeachment proceedings.

What Trump said on Jan. 6

California Republican Rep. Tom McClintock said that Trump's remarks at the Washington, DC, rally that preceded the Capitol insurrection were overly confrontational and sometimes inaccurate -- but that Trump's words do not amount to impeachable conduct.

"But what did he actually say? His exact words were: 'I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.' That's impeachable? That's called freedom of speech," McClintock said.

Facts First: McClintock's speech left out important context. He accurately recited this particular Trump McClintock's speech left out important context. He accurately recited this particular Trump remark -- but he did not lay out numerous other remarks from the same speech in which the President struck a more combative tone.

Trump, for example, urged Republicans to stop fighting like a boxer "with his hands tied behind his back," saying, "We want to be so respectful of everybody, including bad people. And we're going to have to fight much harder." Trump told marchers, "You'll never take back our country with weakness." After urging congressional Republicans and Vice President Mike Pence to reject the Electoral College results, Trump said, "And fraud breaks up…
Daniel Dale and Tara Subramaniam, CNN
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