Donald Trump urges 'NO violence NO lawbreaking' as second impeachment looms

Donald Trump has issued a statement saying he ‘urges’ ‘NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind’ as his second impeachment looms.

The comments, shared by his aides on Wednesday afternoon, said: ‘That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers. Thank you.’

Trump’s ban from Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms meant the statement had to be shared through the White House press office, rather than his personal accounts.

He spoke as the first of 20,000 US servicemen and women set to protect Joe Biden’s January 20 inauguration arrived in Washington DC. Hundreds of National Guard members have already arrived at the US Capitol to defend Wednesday’s impeachment hearing.

They were pictured resting on the Capitol’s floors a week to the day after the building was stormed by hundreds of angry Trump supporters, killing five. Those riots have sparked a fresh impeachment effort which the House of Representatives has spent Wednesday discussing.

A vote is set to take place later on Wednesday, with impeachment proceedings against the president considered likely to move to the next stage of the process.

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