House on Wednesday voted 232-197 to impeach Trump, and 10 Republicans joined the Democratic Party and charged him with riots.
However, it seems unlikely that a very swift impeachment will lead to the expulsion of Trump before the Republican president’s four-year term ends and Democratic president Joe Biden takes office on January 20.
The Senate Republican majority leader, Mitch McConnell, rejected the Democratic call to convene the Senate during an emergency session to initiate an immediate impeachment trial, a spokesman said.
The House of Representatives has passed a single impeachment article accusing Trump of “inciting a riot,” focusing on a sedition speech to thousands of supporters shortly before Trump struck the Capitol.
The mob blocked official proof that Biden had defeated Trump in the November 3 elections, concealed lawmakers and killed five people, including police officers.
During his speech, Trump reiterated the false allegations that the election was a fraud and encouraged supporters to march in the Capitol.
In the same house chamber where lawmakers crouched under chairs and wore gas masks when a riot clashed with police officers outside the door on January 6, with a large number of National Guards carrying rifles inside and outside the Capitol. Emotional discussions took place.
“The US president has instigated this rebellion, this armed rebellion against our common nation,” Democratic Congressman Nancy Pelosi said in the House of Representatives before the vote. “He has to go. He is a clear and present danger to the country we all love.”
No US president has been dismissed by impeachment. Three – Trump in 2019, Bill Clinton in 1998, Andrew Johnson in 1868 – previously impeached in the House of Representatives but acquitted in the Senate.
Some Republicans argued that the impeachment movement was a rush to make decisions that bypassed customary deliberative processes such as hearings, and called on Democrats to give up their efforts to unite and heal the people. ..
“It’s a mistake to impeach the president in such a short period of time,” said Kevin McCarthy, a top Republican in the House of Representatives. “That doesn’t mean the president isn’t faulty. He’s responsible for the mob riots attacking Congress on Wednesday.”
Ten Republicans, including Third House Republican Liz Cheney, supported the impeachment.
“I’m not choosing one, I’m choosing the truth,” Republican Jamie Herrera Butler announced support for the impeachment and applauded the Democrats. “That’s the only way to defeat fear.”
With a break from standard procedures, Republican leaders refrained from urging members to vote against the impeachment, calling the vote a matter of personal conscience.
Under the US Constitution, impeachment in the House of Representatives triggers a trial in the Senate. A two-thirds majority is required to convict and remove Trump. This means that at least 17 Republicans with 100 members need to join the Democratic Party.
McConnell said the trial could not begin until the Senate was scheduled to return to its regular session on January 19, one day before Biden’s inauguration. The trial will continue in the Senate after Mr. Trump resigns. McConnell said in a memo to his fellow Republicans that he had not made a final decision on how to vote for the impeachment in the Senate.
The siege of the Houses of Parliament has raised concerns about US political violence, which was once thought to be almost unthinkable. The FBI warns that armed protests are planned in Washington and all 50 US capitals before Biden takes office.
Trump on Wednesday urged his followers to maintain peace, saying in a statement: “I urge that there should be no violence, violation of law, or vandalism of any kind. It is not what I represent, nor what the United States represents.”
After Mr. Trump ignored the call to resign, the House of Representatives impeached Mr. Trump, and Mr. Pence rejected the Democratic Party’s request to enforce a constitutional provision to dismiss the president.
The House of Representatives has previously accused the Democrats of seeking foreign intervention to impeach domestic politics, resulting in power due to his request for Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son Hunter prior to the election. A rival who voted to impeach Trump on charges of abuse and obstruction of Congress. The Senate in February 2020 resolved to keep Trump in power.
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