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Trump first US President to be impeached twice

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President Donald Trump became the first president in US history to be impeached twice after the House passed an article charging him with “incitement of insurrection.”

CNN reported that Trump would remain in office and likely finish out his term because it would take a Senate conviction to remove him, even after he’s been impeached.

According to the broadcaster, quoting a GOP source, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was in favour of impeachment but made it clear that the Senate trial won’t start until President-elect Joe Biden was sworn in next week.

The House voted on Wednesday to impeach President Trump for incitement of insurrection, exactly one week after a mob attacked the Capitol where lawmakers were convening to approve President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win.

Ten Republicans joined Democrats in the historic vote to impeach Trump a second time, a contrast to the first impeachment vote when every House Republican voted against both articles of impeachment.

232 House members voted in favour of impeachment and 197 against, with four not voting.

House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, after meeting the Impeachment Managers, signed the articles of impeachment.

In a brief speech, she said in a bipartisan way the House demonstrated that no one was above the law. 

“Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our country,” she said.

Meanwhile, in a video statement on the official White House Twitter account, President Trump said he “unequivocally” condemned last week’s violence.  He said those involved were not supporters of his movement to Make America Great Again.

“Like all of you, I was shocked by the calamity of last week,” the President said.

President Trump said he also issued orders to beef up security in Washington and all the state capitals ahead of the inauguration of his Democratic rival, Joe Biden.

In a veiled reference to being blacklisted by social media platforms, President Trump condemned the “unprecedented” assault on free speech and made no reference to his second impeachment in the House.

(Source: CNN)

 

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