Outgoing US President Donald Trump has become the first President to be impeached twice. The House of Representatives impeached President Trump by 232 to 197 votes. Interestingly, 10 Republicans voted in favour of impeachment.
The Article of Impeachment was brought against Trump for inciting his supporters that resulted in the US Capitol violence. Notably, the violence had temporarily halted the counting of Electoral College votes and resulted in the deaths of five individuals, including an officer of the US Capitol Police.
While four Congressmen did not vote, the four Indian-American House members – Ami Bera, Ro Khanna, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Pramila Jayapal – voted in favour of the impeachment.
Senate to conduct trial
The impeachment now moves to the Senate, which will conduct a trial and voting to remove the President from office. The Senate is adjourned till January 19, a day before the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States.
Trump is danger to the nation: Speaker
“We know that the President of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion, against our common country. He must go,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, participating in the impeachment debate.
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“He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love. Since the presidential election in November – an election the President lost – he has repeatedly held about – lied about the outcome, sowed self-serving doubt about democracy and unconstitutionally sought to influence state officials to repeal reality. And then, came that day of fire we all experienced,” she said.
Pelosi asserted that the President must be impeached. “I believe, the President must be convicted by the Senate, a constitutional remedy that will ensure that the republic will be safe from this man who is so resolutely determined to tear down the things that we hold dear and that hold us together,” she added.
Urgent action required
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the actions of the President of the United States demanded urgent and clear action by the Congress.
“He ought to be removed. And we have that opportunity to do so. Is there little time left? Yes. But it is never too late to do the right thing,” Hoyer said.
Trial after Biden assumes office
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not yet announced the dates for the trial. In a statement, he said a trial is unlikely before Biden becomes the president of the country.
Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow said he would vote to remove the president. The Democrats need 17 Republican votes to impeach Trump in the Senate.
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