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Geraldo Rivera says his 'loyal friend' President Trump should be impeached

Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera says his 'old friend' President Donald Trump, is 'richly deserving of impeachment.'

WASHINGTON — Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera says he believes that President Donald Trump deserves to be impeached over the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump supporters.  

Rivera said in a video posted online that he had a "eureka moment" on Tuesday night, realizing that his "loyalty" toward his "old friend" had been displaced. 

"Liz Cheney is right, Donald Trump is richly deserving of impeachment," Rivera described.  

The former "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant said President Trump "lit a fuse that exploded in the U.S. Capitol, unleashed and incited by Trump that mob killed five people and it paralyzed our government, shame on him, he should be impeached."

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In a separate tweet, Rivera called Trump a "loyal friend" and said he'd been "hounded without mercy by Democrats intent on destroying him from Day 1." However, he added that after he lost the election, it "made him crazy or revealed a dysfunction I had refused to see."

The House plans to vote Wednesday on impeachment, exactly one week after Trump encouraged a mob of loyalists to “fight like hell” against election results just before they stormed the U.S. Capitol in a deadly siege. 

Trump, who would become the only U.S. president twice impeached, faces a single charge of “incitement of insurrection.”

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In his video posted Wednesday morning, Rivera added that "If the Senate wants to acquit him, that's their business. But he should know history is judging him."

While Trump's first impeachment in 2019 brought no Republican votes in the House, a small but significant number of leaders and lawmakers are breaking with the party to join Democrats, saying Trump violated his oath to protect and defend U.S. democracy.

Multiple news outlets reported Tuesday night that even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell welcomes the move to start impeachment proceedings against the president. 

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, violent protesters, loyal to President Donald Trump, storm the Capitol, in Washington.