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In new statement, President Trump says he does not stand for violence amid House impeachment debate

The president released a new statement amid news of potentially more violent demonstrations ahead of the inauguration.

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As the House of Representatives debated ahead of an expected vote to impeach the President Donald Trump for the second time in his term, Trump released a statement amid news of potentially more violent demonstrations ahead of the inauguration.

Trump, unable to post his thoughts on Twitter after his account was permanently suspended in the fallout from the riots, released a statement through the White House press office: "In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind. 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."

Wednesday's impeachment vote threatens to complicate the opening days of the Biden administration, both in his efforts to reach out to Republicans and because the Senate is likely to be tied up with a trial just as President-elect Joe Biden is taking office.

Meanwhile, a Senate trial on whether to convict the president of inciting insurrection seems all but certain to have to wait until after Biden is inaugurated.

That’s the word from a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The spokesman says aides to the Kentucky Republican has told Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s staff that McConnell won’t agree to invoke powers calling senators into emergency session.

That means the Senate almost certainly won’t meet again until Jan. 19. That’s the day before Biden’s inauguration.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.