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Trump issues plea for calm following second impeachment

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(NBC News) --- President Trump has issued a video statement calling for calm in the wake of his second impeachment.

The statement, recorded with no media members present, did not mention his impeachment, but urged extremists heading to Washington D.C. ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration to remain peaceful.

"There must be no violence, no law breaking, and no vandalism of any kind. Everyone must follow our laws and obey the instructions of law enforcement," Mr. Trump said.

The articles of impeachment passed by the House of Representatives Wednesday accused Mr. Trump of "incitement of insurrection."

"He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation we all love," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi argued before the bipartisan vote.

The move came exactly one week after the president fired up supporters with a rally in front of the White House, before part of the crowd marched to the U.S. Capitol and violently attacked the halls of Congress.  Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died as a result.

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