Roommates, following an official hours-long voting process, Donald Trump has now become the first and only U.S. President to be impeached twice. Trump’s impeachment comes after he was widely criticized and blamed for inciting his supporters to descend and riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Of the 232 votes cast in favor of Trump’s impeachment, 10 of those votes were from fellow Republicans, marking a historic bipartisan impeachment approval. The GOP voters included the House’s No. 3 Republican, Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who joined with Democrats to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection.”
While the vote won’t force Trump from office, since the Senate trial isn’t expected to begin until after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in next week, the impeachment vote was an intense response from lawmakers in both parties who are furious at Trump after the deadly Capitol riots put the lives of Congress members at risk. The reason Trump won’t immediately be removed from office is due to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voting against it.
“We know that the President of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on the House floor ahead of the vote. “He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”
McConnell is not planning to bring the Senate back for a trial before January 19th, meaning the trial won’t begin until Trump is out of office and Biden has been sworn in. In a note to his GOP colleagues, McConnell wrote, “I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate.”
McConnell has previously indicated he believes impeaching Trump will make it easier to get rid of him and Trumpism from the Republican Party.
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