Washington – The House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump to incite an uprising in the Capitol that killed five people, consolidating his place in history as the only president to be impeached twice in a two-party rebuke approved at unprecedented speed.
The final vote was 232 to 197, with 10 Republicans joining all 222 Democrats in support of a single impeachment article accusing the president of “inciting an uprising.”
“We know that the President of the United States has instigated this uprising, this armed revolt against our common state,”
Mr Trump was implicated in December 2019 for his efforts to put pressure on Ukraine to investigate the Biden family. Their second impeachment comes just a week before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in as his successor. Only two other presidents have been imputed since the republic was founded.
On January 6, the president addressed supporters near the White House, urging them to “fight like hell” as members of Congress prepared to formalize Mr. Biden’s victory. An angry mob then marched on the Capitol and stormed the complex, smashing windows and smashing doors to gain access to congressional halls. The crowd managed to stop the counting of electoral votes for several hours.
House Democrats passed a resolution impeachment of the vote at an unprecedented rate, reflecting the severity of the attack on the Capitol and the limited time remaining in Mr Trump’s term. The resolution was presented for the first time on Monday, with Democrats abandoning the typical process of holding hearings and conducting an investigation.
The impeachment article will soon be addressed to the Senate, where lawmakers must hold a trial over whether to convict and remove Mr Trump. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday he has not decided whether to vote to convict the president during the trial.
With only seven days left in Mr Trump’s term, the Senate process could potentially be extended to the term of his successor. If that happens, the Senate may still choose to convict Mr. Trump and ban him from holding any federal office in the future. The conviction vote requires a two-thirds vote in the Senate.
The president declined to take responsibility for his role in inciting the mob that stormed the Capitol, insisting on Tuesday that his pre-riot speech was “perfectly appropriate.”