By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis

1. Impeachment redux

For the second time, impeachment proceedings have begun in the U.S. House against President Trump, a week before he is scheduled to leave office. But this time is different. Democrats say Trump led an “insurrection” against the United States after Trump goaded a MAGA rally to overwhelm the U.S. Capitol, killing at least five people. U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney announced she would vote for impeachment, saying,  “The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.” Three other House Republicans have said they will follow Cheney. And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell believes Trump has committed an “impeachable offense,” telling the New York Times there’s a 50/50 chance he would vote to convict. 

This comes as Vice President Pence, despite his “ruptured” relationship with Trump and reportedly tiring of his boss’s “bullshit,” declined to invoke the 25th Amendment on Tuesday. “I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution,” Pence wrote in a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. 

Trump defended his Jan. 6 speech that provoke the mob. “People thought that what I said was totally appropriate,” Trump said in Alamo, Tex., on Tuesday. “The 25th Amendment is of zero risk to me, but will come back to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden administration. As the expression goes, be careful of what you wish for. It’s causing tremendous anger and division and pain far greater than most people will ever understand, which is very dangerous for the USA, especially at this very tender time.”

2. Indiana delegation reacts

So far, Hoosier Republican U.S. Reps. Larry Bucshon and Jim Banks have said they will follow Vice President Pence, who urged Members  "to avoid actions that would further divide and inflame the passions of the moment.” Bucshon on Twitter: “I agree with VP Mike Pence.” Banks on Facebook:  "I agree with Vice President Pence. Now is not the time for more of Speaker Pelosi’s partisan games that will only further divide this country. That’s why I’ll be voting against impeachment." U.S. Rep. Frank J. Mrvan tweeted, "Today, I am announcing my support for implementing the 25th Amendment and articles of impeachment against President Trump due to his action of inciting an insurrection against Congress, a co-equal branch of government."

3. Hoosier senators mum & missing

HPI reached out to U.S. Sen. Todd Young, a key lieutenant of Sen. McConnell, to see where he stands. No word. WFIE-TV has staked out U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, who initially backed the Jan. 6 Electoral College challenge before backing off after the insurrection, and reported:  Since the Monday before the attack, 14 News has attempted to get a response from the senator repeatedly to explain his reasoning for his reversal, as well as to ask why he felt his objection needed to be withdrawn to put distance between the nation and the attack. Meanwhile, 14 News went to his hometown of Jasper. There, we asked his wife about the matter, and she said she would pass the request on to Senator Braun.

4. Carson was mob target

 U.S. Rep. Andre Carson said on Tuesday he learned he was targeted by insurrectionists who invaded the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. “It is extremely disturbing to learn from press reports that I was one of several individuals identified in a list of 'good guys' and 'bad guys' targeted for attacks," Carson, D-Indianapolis, said.  'The indicted terrorist had the means and opportunity to carry out his plans to violently attack, injure and destroy government officials and related offices in our Nation’s Capitol. These were not idle threats. These were planned and organized measures to take my life, my colleagues’ lives and try to destroy our government.”

5. Joint chiefs denounce

Wall Street Journal
: The nation’s military leadership on Tuesday denounced last week’s storming of the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob as a plot to overthrow the government. “On January 20, 2021, in accordance with the Constitution, confirmed by the states and courts, and certified by Congress, President-elect Biden will be inaugurated and will become our 46th commander-in-chief,” said the statement, signed by the Joint Chiefs chairman, Army Gen. Mark Milley, and the commanders of the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, National Guard and Space Force. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy has decided to allow National Guard members being sent to Washington through next week’s presidential inauguration to carry weapons.

The IBJ  is reporting the Indiana State Police and IMPD are not aware of any armed protests planned for the Indiana Statehouse between Jan. 16 and 20, but are monitoring the situation following the FBI bulletin earlier this week. It’s The Atomic!