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REVIEW - Trump Impeached By House Again, This Time 10 Republicans Break Ranks - UrduPoint

Trump Impeached By House Again

President Donald Trump made history by becoming the first US president to be impeached twice, his political future now resting in a Senate trial that will not conclude until after the incoming administration is inaugurated on January 20.

Earlier on Wednesday, the US House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump on charges of inciting violence against the US government. Last week, pro-Trump protesters stormed Capitol Hill as Congress was certifying Democrat Joe Biden's presidential election victory. The riots came after Trump in a speech near the White House called on his supporters to not allow the election to be stolen.

The riots marked the most significant breach of the Capitol since 1814 when the British set fire to it during the war of 1812.

When the Democratic-controlled House impeached Trump in 2019 over charges of pressing Kiev to probe Biden family business matters, not a single Republican voted in favor of either article of impeachment. Trump was subsequently acquitted by the Republican-majority Senate in February of last year.

However, on Wednesday, ten Republicans, troubled by the way Trump handled the Capitol Hill riots, voted in favor of impeaching him.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during comments on the floor ahead of the vote, clearly laid out their argument for impeachment.

"We know that the president of the United States incited this insurrection," Pelosi said. "He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love... He must go."

The Republican leader in the House, Kevin McCarthy, warned that impeaching Trump would not be appropriate at this time. However, he also said Trump was not blameless.

"I believe impeaching the president in such a short time frame would be a mistake... that doesn't mean the president is free from fault. The president bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack on Congress by mob rioters," McCarthy said on the House floor.

Senator Lindsey Graham warned that supporting the impeachment of Trump could invite further violence at a time the president is calling for calm.

"To my Republican colleagues who legitimize this process, you are doing great damage not only to the country, the future of the presidency, but also to the party," Graham said.

1 comment :

  1. Donald Trump faces trial in the Senate after becoming the first US president to be charged with misconduct in office for a second time.

    Mr Trump is accused of inciting a mob that stormed Congress last week after he repeated false claims of election fraud. Five people died.

    The trial will be held after the president leaves office next Wednesday.

    If Mr Trump is convicted, senators could also vote to bar him from ever holding public office again.

    The trial follows Wednesday's vote in the House of Representatives that formally charged - or impeached - the president with "incitement of insurrection" for his role in the riot.


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