Washington – The House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump for instigating a revolt in the Capitol that left five dead, which strengthened his place in history as the only president to be impeached twice in a bipartisan reprimand that was approved with unprecedented speed
The final vote was 232 to 197, with 10 Republicans joining all 222 Democrats in support of a single article of impeachment accusing the president of “inciting rebellion.”
“We know that the president of the United States instigated this insurgency – this armed rebellion against our common country,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said before the vote. “It must go. It is a clear and present danger to the nation we all love.”
It was Mr. Trump The first to isolate In December 2019 for his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Biden family. His second impeachment trial comes just a week before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in as his successor. Only two other presidents have been removed since the founding of the republic.
On January 6, the president addressed his supporters near the White House, urging them to “fight like hell” as members of Congress prepare to formalize Biden’s victory. Then an angry crowd marched into the Capitol and stormed the complex, smashing windows and smashing doors to reach the halls of Congress. Crowds managed to halt the vote count for several hours.
Democratic lawmakers brought the impeachment decision to a vote at an unprecedented speed that reflected the severity of the attack on the Capitol Building and the limited time remaining in Mr.Trump’s term. The decision was first introduced on Monday, with Democrats abandoning the usual process of holding hearings and conducting an investigation.
The impeachment article will soon be directed to the Senate, where lawmakers must conduct a trial on whether Mr. Trump should be convicted and removed from office. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday that he had made no decision on whether to vote to convict the president at trial.
With only seven days remaining in Mr. Trump’s term, the Senate trial could extend to the term of his successor. If that happens, the Senate can still choose to convict Mr. Trump and bar him from holding any federal office in the future. A vote to convict requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate.
The president refused to take responsibility for his role in inciting the mob that stormed the Capitol, and insisted on Tuesday that his speech before the riots was “absolutely appropriate.”