Trump impeached for 2nd time
Published: 10:44 AM, 14 January 2021 Updated: 12:11 PM, 14 January 2021
Donald Trump; Photo: Collected
The US House of Representatives has impeached Incumbent United States President Donald Trump for “inciting” his Republican supporters at last week’s Capitol turmoil.
Trump, a Republican, is the first US president in the country’s history that impeached twice.
According to BBC reports, 10 Republicans sided with Democrats to impeach the President by 232-197. However, his trial in the Senate will not happen until after Joe Biden, a Democrat, is inaugurated as the new US president next week.
The Democratic-controlled House voted on Wednesday after two hours of impassioned debate as armed National Guard troops kept watch inside and outside the Capitol.
The FBI has warned of possible armed protests planned for Washington DC and all 50 US state capitals ahead of Biden’s inauguration on 20 January.
In a video posted on Twitter after the vote in Congress, Donald Trump called on his supporters to remain peaceful, without mentioning his impeachment.
“Violence and vandalism have no place in our country... No true supporter of mine would ever endorse political violence,” he said, striking a somber and conciliatory tone.
The impeachment charges are political, not criminal. President Trump was accused by Congress of inciting the storming of the Capitol Hill with a speech in a rally outside the White House on 6 January where 5 people killed and almost hundreds were detained by the Capitol security forces.
The impeachment article stated that Trump “repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the presidential election results were fraudulent and should not be accepted”.
It says he then repeated these claims and “wilfully made statements to the crowd that encouraged and foreseeably resulted in lawless action at the Capitol”, leading to the violence and loss of life. – BBC.
139 Republicans voted against accepting the result of the 2020 election and Trump’s defeat last week.