Outgoing US President Donald Trump.
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WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump faced his second impeachment on Wednesday, making him the only American leader to be charged twice for political crimes.
The US House of Representatives voted 232 to 197 to impeach Trump on charges of “inciting insurrection”. Five members abstained from voting.
The move comes after Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6 to protest alleged election fraud. Five people were killed in the riot.
On Wednesday, US President-elect Joe Biden issued a statement on the impeachment, calling it a “bipartisan vote cast by members who followed the Constitution and their conscience”.
After a two-hour debate, the US Congress voted 232 to 197 in favour of impeachment.
“Every moment Donald Trump is in the White House, our nation, our freedom is in danger. He must be held to account for the attack on our capitol that he organised and incited. I solemnly urge my colleagues to support this rule and the underlying article,” Congressman James McGovern told the US House of Representatives.
What comes next?
The impeachment article will now move to the Senate. A two-thirds majority would be needed to convict and remove Trump.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not yet announced the dates for the trial. In a statement, he said a trial is unlikely before Biden’s presidential inauguration. The Senate is adjourned until January 19, a day before the inauguration of Biden as the 46th president of the United States. CCP/Expat Media
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