Impeachment for 2nd time: What will now happen to Trump?
Published: 11:11 AM, 14 January 2021 Updated: 11:12 AM, 14 January 2021
United States President Donald Trump; Photo: Collected
US President Donald Trump’s term has been ending in a few days and President-elect Joe Biden will take office at the White House on January 20. But before that, Trump has impeached for the second time and this time, he was accused of ‘inciting’ his supporters of storming the Capitol Hill of the US House of Representatives or US Congress building.
The impeachment motion against Trump was passed in the lower house of the US Congress on Wednesday (Bangladesh time on Thursday morning). Trump is the first president in US history to be impeached for the ‘second time’.
Members of the lower house of Congress voted 232-197 to impeach Trump. Ten Republican leaders also voted in favor of the Democrats’ proposal. The motion was passed against Trump, accusing him of inciting violent uprisings.
What will happen to Trump now?
Questions have been arisen about what will happen to Donald Trump after the impeachment in the lower house of Congress as his office term will be ended in six days. Will he be finally removed from power by impeachment in the Senate during this period? The biggest question is – when will the Senate vote?
Trump’s fate now hangs in the hands of the upper house of Congress, the Senate. After the impeachment vote in the House of Representatives is completed, it has to be sent to the Senate for approval. As soon as the impeachment reached the Senate, it became a top priority.
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Following this clause, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives will soon send the necessary documents to the Senate. Trump is bound to be trialed if the Senate session is called.
At the moment, the Senate session is adjourned till January 19. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office said on Wednesday that it had rejected a request from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to convene an emergency session.
Chuck Schumer requested that the impeachment be considered “urgent” so that Senate leader Mitch McConnell could convene a session.
In a statement after the vote in the House of Representatives, Mitch McConnell said “the Senate would not take action until Biden was sworn in.”
So, Trump may be able to spend the last days of his power at the White House.
But the bad news for Trump is that once the impeachment motion reaches the Senate, he is forced to vote on it, as a result, he will face impeachment in the Senate even after he leaves power. If he is convicted in the Senate, he will never be able to run for president again.
Trump has said several times that he will run for the 2024 election.