A growing number of Republicans are turning on Donald Trump as the US House is poised to impeach the president who has been labelled a “danger” to America.
The Democrats have charged Mr Trump with “incitement of insurrection” for urging his supporters to march on the Capitol, sparking riots and the breach of the capitol building.
At least six Republications have so far said they will vote in favour of impeachment in the House of Representatives where formal debate is under way.
Mr Trump has been described as a danger to the country as each member stands to debate the charge against the president who has only days left in office.
“We know that the president of the US incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country,” said House speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat.
“He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”
Democrat Jerry Nadler echoed Ms Pelosi’s words when he called for Mr Trump to be impeached.
“He must not remain in power a moment longer – not one moment longer; he remains a danger – he must go,” Mr Nadler said.
Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney, the third-highest ranked Republican in the chamber, indicated a day earlier she would vote for impeachment Trump saying: “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
The charges of incitement are expected to be passed in the house, making Mr Trump the first president in US history to be impeached twice.
The senate will then have to hold a trial which would require a two-thirds majority to convict Mr Trump.
US media are reporting that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, has signalled he was in favour of impeachment but is waiting for the debate to unfold before speaking publicly.
As lawmakers debate the matter, about 15,000 National Guard troops and police were stationed around the Capitol to provide security.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat, said Democrats intended to send the impeachment charge, once approved, to the Senate “as soon as possible,” and Ms Pelosi named nine impeachment managers who would present the House’s case during a Senate trial.