And Washington Washington – The House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump for a coup in the Capitol, which killed five people, and cemented his position as the sole president, who was twice consumed in a bilateral rebuke, which was approved at an unprecedented pace. .
The final vote ranged from 232 to 197, with 10 Republicans joining all 222 Democrats, supporting the same article of impeachment that charged the president.
“We know that the President of the United States instigated this uprising, this armed uprising, against our common country,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said ahead of the vote. “He must go. It is a clear and current threat to the nation that we all love.”
Mr Trump was first convicted in December 2019 of trying to force Ukraine to investigate the Biden family. His second impeachment comes just a week before President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as his successor. Only two other presidents have been impeached since the establishment of the republic.
On Jan. 6, the president addressed supporters near the White House urging them to “fight like hell” as members of Congress prepare to formalize Mr. Biden’s victory. The enraged mob then marched on the Capitol and smashed windows and smashed doors to gain access to congressional halls. The mob managed to stop the counting of votes for several hours.
House Democrats brought the impeachment resolution to a vote with unprecedented momentum, reflecting the intensity of the attack on the Capitol and the limited time remaining in Mr. Trump’s term. The resolution was first introduced Monday, in which Democrats were in the typical process of holding a hearing and conducting an investigation.
The impeachment article will soon lead to the Senate, where legislators must hold a hearing on whether to convict Mr. Trump and remove him from office. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday he has not made a decision on whether to vote to convict the president at trial.
With just seven days left in Mr. Trump’s term, the Senate trial could potentially extend to his successor. If that happens, the Senate could still choose to convict Mr. Trump and prevent him from holding any federal position in the future. A conviction vote requires a two-thirds majority in the Senate.
The president has denied responsibility for his role in provoking the mob that attacked the capital, insisting on Tuesday that his speech before the riots was “absolutely appropriate.”