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House of Representatives impeaches Trump over Capitol riots, in historic bipartisan rebuke

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Alan Binder
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Washington – The House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump for instigating a revolt in the Capitol building that left five dead, which strengthened his position 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.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said before the vote, “We know that the president of the United States incited this insurgency and this armed rebellion against our common country.” “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 impeached 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. The masses managed to stop the electoral vote count for several hours.

Democratic House of Representatives submitted the impeachment decision to 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.

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The impeachment article will soon be directed to the Senate, where lawmakers have to take a trial on whether Mr Trump should be convicted and removed from office. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday that he has 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 for conviction 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 Building, and insisted on Tuesday that his speech before the riots was “absolutely appropriate.”

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