Donald Trump Has Officially Been Impeached — Again

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President Donald Trump boards Air Force One upon arrival at Valley International Airport, in Harlingen, Texas, after visiting a section of the border wall with Mexico in Alamo, Texas
Trump, Harlingen, United States – 12 Jan 2021

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump became the first U.S. president to be impeached twice while in office. In a historic vote, at least 232 Representatives voted in favor of impeachment, including 10 Republicans. 197 members of congress voted against impeachment, and 5 people abstained from voting. This vote is also historic because it is the most bipartisan impeachment vote in U.S. history.

The current charge for the impeachment resolution against Trump is singular: “incitement of insurrection.” This vote comes just one week after Trump galvanized his supporters who violently attacked the Capitol in an attempted coup. Following the attack, Trump did not denounce the attackers and instead said that he “loves” them. In the following days, the president was banned from all major social networking platforms, while several members of congress called on Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment and remove him from office immediately.

Pence was given 24 hours to decide, but declined to do so on Wednesday, and told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he did not “believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution.” This triggered Pelosi to take the impeachment resolution to the House floor on Wednesday.

Next, the Senate will conduct a trial. If a two-thirds majority supports Trump’s removal, he will be convicted on political crimes and removed from office. The first time around, Utah Senator Mitt Romney was the only Republican to vote for Trump’s conviction, but this time, the Democrats might be able to expect more GOP support in the Senate. Already, several notable Republican representatives, including Reps. Liz Cheney and Jamie Herrera Beutler, backed the impeachment on Wednesday. Along with Romney, Republican Senators including Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey and Nebraska’s Ben Sasse say they would also consider supporting the movement. 

Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is also reportedly “pleased” that there is a movement to impeach Trump, according to The New York Times, but he has declined to call an emergency Senate session that would speed the process. As a result, the trial will likely happen after Joe Biden’s January 20 inauguration. And Pelosi has already named the nine Democrats who will serve as impeachment managers.

This all unfolded pretty quickly, too. Following the violent January 6 attack on Capitol Hill, U.S. House Democrats unveiled a resolution to impeach Trump for incitement of insurrection. “President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government. He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government,” they wrote on Monday. “He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.”

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Source:: Refinery29


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