The US House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump for “inciting insurgency” after a crowd of his supporters stormed the United States Capitol last week, marking the first time in history of the United States that a president has been impeached twice.
The House resolution, which passed by a 232-197 vote on Wednesday afternoon, says Trump’s actions and remarks ahead of the storming of the Capitol building in Washington, DC, prompted rioters .
“We know the President of the United States instigated this insurgency, this armed rebellion against our common country,” House of Commons Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a debate before the vote.
“He must go. He represents a clear and present danger to the nation we all love,” she said.
Ten Republicans joined 222 Democrats in voting to impeach Trump, making the vote a bipartisan rebuke of the president’s attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
The riot on Capitol Hill on January 6 left five people dead and sent shock waves through the United States and around the world, prompting Democratic Party lawmakers to launch an impeachment campaign against Trump in his final days at Home White.
The Capitol was taken by storm after Trump delivered an inflammatory speech to a crowd of his supporters who gathered to protest Congress’s certification of the electoral victory of US President-elect Joe Biden.
Call for “ NO violence ”
The impeachment article says that in the months leading up to January 6, Trump repeated false claims of widespread electoral fraud and said the results should not be accepted.
He also “voluntarily made statements which, in context, encouraged – and presumably resulted in lawless actions on Capitol Hill, such as: ‘if you don’t fight like hell, you will have no more country.’ “. the article states.
Trump did not immediately comment on his impeachment.
But he called for restraint earlier Wednesday after reports of other planned protests.
“I urge that there be NO violence, NO breaking of the law and NO vandalism of any kind. It is not what I stand for and it is not what America stands for, ”Trump said in a statement.
The president remained defiant on Tuesday, dismissing the Democrat impeachment effort as dangerous and “a continuation of the biggest and most vicious witch hunt in our country’s history.”
The House has appointed managers to prosecute the insurgency charge against Trump in a Senate trial, which would not begin until after President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20.
It is then that the Democrats are ready to take control of the Senate. At least two Senate Republicans have already called on Trump to step down, and a third has said they will consider voting for impeachment.
Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement after the House vote that the Senate would not take any action until Biden was sworn in.
“It will best serve our nation if Congress and the executive branch spend the next seven days fully focused on facilitating a safe inauguration and an orderly transfer of power to the new Biden administration,” McConnell said.
While some Republicans have sought to distance themselves from Trump over the past few days and demanded that he step down, many again defended him on Wednesday, calling the impeachment process unnecessary at a time when the United States must heal.
“In seven days there will be a peaceful transfer of power, as there has been every other time in our country, but Democrats are going to impeach President Trump again. It doesn’t unite the country, ”Republican MP Jim Jordan said.
But Democrats said the healing couldn’t begin without responsibility for the attack on Capitol Hill.
“The constitutional crimes inspired by an out of control president, inspired by his hatred and the big lie he told cannot be ignored,” Democrat Hakeem Jeffries said in Wednesday’s debate.
U.S. law enforcement officers said As of Tuesday, 70 people had been charged with crimes related to the Capitol violation, while more than 170 investigations had been opened into other suspected participants and more charges are awaited.