The US House of Representatives has begun debating legislation to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time of his presidency.
The House is set to first hold a vote setting rules for Wednesday’s debate.
If it is approved, as expected, it will set the stage for a vote later in the day on passage of one article of impeachment charging Trump with inciting insurrection in a speech he made last week that was followed by rioting in the US Capitol.
The article of impeachment charges the president with “incitement of insurrection”.
At least five Republicans have said they will join Democrats in voting to remove Trump from office.
The House chaplain opened the session with a prayer for “seizing the scales of justice from the jaws of mob-ocracy”.
A majority vote in the House to impeach would trigger a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate, although it was unclear whether such a trial would take place in time to expel Trump from office.
As lawmakers debated the matter, 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 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named nine impeachment managers who would present the House’s case during a Senate trial.