Donald Trump becomes first ever US President to be impeached twice after Washington chaos


The House of Representatives has impeached President Donald Trump for “incitement of insurrection” at last week’s Capitol riot He is the first President in US history to be twice impeached – to be charged with crimes by Congress. The Republican will now face a trial in the Senate, where if convicted he could face being barred from ever holding office again.

The House of Representatives formally charged Mr Trump with with inciting an insurrection in a vote held a week after a violent mob of his supporters besieged the Capitol.

The House passed the single article of impeachment by 232 votes to 197.

Ten Republicans backed the vote.

Mr Trump’s political fate now lies with the Senate, which is currently controlled by the Republicans but will be under Democratic control later this month.

A trial will now take place in the Senate, where they will decide whether to convict and remove the president from office.

This vote required a two-thirds majority.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, argued that leaving the wealthy businessman-turned-politician in office until his four-year term ends would pose a threat to national security, democracy and the US Constitution.

Joe Biden is due to be sworn in as the next President of the US on Wednesday January 20.

There have been just four impeachments in US history, Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1998 and Donald Trump in both 2019 and 2021.

The impeachment news comes after deadly riots took place at the Capitol in Washington DC last Wednesday.

The protests took place after a speech by Mr Trump to his supporters.

US Representative Liz Cheney was one of the ten to break ranks and vote to impeach Mr Trump for a second time.

She said the impeachment resolution was “a vote of conscience” during a crisis not seen since the US Civil War.

Earlier this week, the Republican representative from Wyoming said: “The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack.

“There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”

More to follow… 



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