Trump calls for 'NO violence, NO lawbreaking' amid reports of planned armed protests
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Trump calls for 'NO violence, NO lawbreaking' amid reports of planned armed protests

DONALD TRUMP has released a statement calling for any protests to remain peaceful.

In a statement via the White House, as Mr Trump has been banned from Twitter, Facebook and a multitude of other social media sites-- the current president said he was aware of planned protests expected to take place across America in the coming days.

These protests are a continuation of the 'Stop the Steal' movement which Trump has encouraged by repeating baseless claims of voter fraud, and telling his supporters the election was 'stolen' from them.

Earlier this week, the FBI warned of a number of planned armed protests by Trump supporters across all 50 states in the lead-up to Inaguration Day, with ABC News reporting an internal FBI bulletin stated: "Armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols from 16 January through at least 20 January, and at the U.S. Capitol from 17 January through 20 January."

In a statement released yesterday evening, the President said:

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"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. Thank You."

"NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism" - President Trump

Mr Trump is expected to remain president for 6 more days-- unless he is convicted in a trial after he was impeached for the second time last night, accused of "incitement of insurrection" following the riots at the Capitol Building last week.

The latest vote passed by 232-197, with 10 Republicans siding with the Democrats.

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The article of impeachment stated that Mr Trump "repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the presidential election results were fraudulent and should not be accepted".

It says he then repeated these claims and "willfully made statements to the crowd that encouraged and foreseeably resulted in lawless action at the Capitol", leading to the violence and loss of life.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Protesters enter the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

"President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of government, threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperilled a coequal branch of government," the article read.

Trump will now face trial in the Senate.