President Donald Trump has become the first American president to be impeached twice, following charged with inspiring a violent insurrection against the American government. The House accused Donald Trump of cheering violence with his baseless claims of November 3 election fraud. The House is expected to send the article of impeachment in the Senate. Now, Trump faces trial in the Senate, but not before he departs from the office next Wednesday. Senators can vote to block him from ever holding public office another time.
Trump called on his supporters to remain peaceful after the voting in the House, without mentioning his impeachment. Moreover, he said, striking an appeasing tone that violence and vandalism have no place in America. He claimed that his loyal supporter would never support political violence.
Earlier, the FBI has warned of possible armed protests planned for Washington and all 50 US state capitols.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that trial would begin after the upper chamber reconvenes on Tuesday.
Wyoming’s Rep. Liz Cheney, the GOP leadership member, was the top-ranking Republican to vote to impeach President Trump. Later, she was joined by ten Republicans. Four other Republicans did not vote. Ten Republicans joined hands with 222 Democrats in the most bipartisan presidential impeachment voting. Therefore, the vote to impeach passed the Democratic-controlled House by 232-197. The ten House Republicans include
- Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
- Rep. John Katko of New York
- Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan
- Rep. Dan Newhouse of Washington DC
- Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio
- Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina
- Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan
- Rep. David Valadao of California
- Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming
- Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington DC
The basics of Impeachment
Impeachment is when the incumbent president gets charged with a crime. However, in this particular case, President Trump is accused of inciting insurrection by encouraging his supporters to storm the US Capitol.
The House of Representatives has impeached Trump, sending the case to the Senate for a trial – but a trial will not be carried out before Trump leaves office on January 20.
So, it means a trial can happen after his presidential tenure ends, and senators can vote to block him from holding public office ever again.
President Trump charged with Encouraging a violent Insurrection
The impeachment is a political charge and not a criminal one. The president was accused by the House for inciting the Capitol Hill’s storming with a speech on January 6 to followers outside the White House.
Mr. Trump urged his supporters to peacefully and patriotically make their voices heard, but also to fight like hell against an election that he misleadingly expressed them stolen. Following Trump’s comments, his followers broke into the US Capitol, forcing legislators to suspend the certification of election results and take housing. The building was placed on lockdown, and at least five people died in the scuffle.
The impeachment article detailed that Donald Trump repeatedly delivered baseless statements declaring that the presidential election results were fraudulent. President Trump gravely threatened the national security of America and governmental institutions. Moreover, Trump endangered the integrity of the democratic system, delayed the peaceful transition of presidential power. Overall, he imperiled a coequal branch of the United States government. In the recent past week, 139 Republicans voted against accepting the 2020 election result and Mr. Trump’s defeat.
Earlier on Wednesday, for two hours, Democratic-controlled House members made statements for and against the vote in the same chamber of Congress where they get covered under chairs, and put-on gas masks as protestors tried to force their way inside on January 6. National Guard members kept watching inside and outside the US Capitol.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on the House floor that the US president incited this riot, the armed rebellion against our country. Moreover, Pelosi said that Trump must go. He is a clear and existing danger to the country that we all love.
Julian Castro, the Democratic congressman, called Trump the most dangerous man ever to occupy the Oval Office in Washington.
Kevin McCarthy said that impeaching the president in such a short time-span would be a mistake. Moreover, that does not mean the president’s free from fault and responsibility. However, the president bears responsibility for January 6’s attack on Congress by mob protestors.
Jim Jordan (an Ohio Republican) accused the Democrats of irresponsibly dividing the country to pursue a political vendetta. He stated that this is about getting the president of the United States of America.
Going to Happen in The Senate
The impeachment article will move to the Senate, which will hold a trial to regulate the president’s fault. A two-thirds majority is required to convict President Trump. This means no less than 17 Republicans would have to poll with Democrats in the evenly split, 100-seat chamber.
On Tuesday, The New-York Times reported that at least 20 Senate Republicans are open to convict Trump. If the Senate condemns Trump, legislators could hold another vote to bar him from running for elected office ever.
None of the US presidents has ever been removed from the Oval office through impeachment. Donald Trump was impeached by the House in 2019 over his contacts in Ukraine but acquitted by the US Senate. The same was the case with Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998.