Outgoing United States President Donald Trump has broken the ignoble record of becoming the first president in that country to be impeached two times.
The US House of Representatives impeached Trump for “incitement of insurrection” following last week’s Capitol riot, which claimed the lives of five people including a police officer.
The article of impeachment, for “incitement of insurrection,” was adopted by the Democratic-controlled House, 232 to 197, after several hours of debate.10 Republicans joined Democrats in voting to impeach Trump.
The article also stated that Mr. Trump “repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the presidential election results were fraudulent and should not be accepted”.
Also, it repeated that these claims and “willfully made statements to the crowd that encouraged and foreseeably resulted in lawless action at the Capitol”, leading to the violence and loss of life.
“President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of government, threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of government.”
Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, declared on the House floor: “The president of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country.
“He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”
Mr. Trump, who is due to leave office on 20 January, following his election defeat last November to Democrat Joe Biden, will now face a trial in the Senate, where if convicted he could face being barred from ever holding office again.
House Democrats, in December 2019, impeached President Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, but the Republican-controlled Senate voted not to convict him.