The United States House of Representatives has impeached President Donald Trump in a vote cast for his role in Capitol riot last week, referring to it as “incitement insurrection”.
“We know that the President of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country,” said the House Speaker Ms Nancy Pelosi ahead of the vote.
Ms Pelosi said Mr. Trump must go, adding that “He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we love”.
It is my somber responsibility to sign the Article of Impeachment against President Trump passed in a bipartisan vote by the House of Representatives a short time ago. https://t.co/xlTntjjIMn— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 13, 2021
The House voted on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time. Mr Trump is the only US President to have been impeached twice in the nation’s history.
Donald Trump has just become the first US President to be impeached twice following a vote in the House of Representatives https://t.co/bDsmp7JAMe— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) January 13, 2021
Mr. Trump’s impeachment involved 10 Republicans including the House’s number 3 Republican, Liz Cheney who agreed with Democrats to impeach him for “Incitement of Insurrection”.
The vote will not force Trump out of office. It was a response from lawmakers in both parties angry at Mr. Trump after a deadly riot at Capitol last week.
The outcome of the vote cast and the support from the Republicans clearly shows how furious the lawmakers are regarding Mr. Trump’s incitement of the armed rebellion at Capitol.
Wyoming’s lone member of Congress of the House, Liz Cheney said ” There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution”.
House Republican Leader, Kevin McCarthy argued that President Trump should accept his share of responsibility of the deadly Capitol riot.
Kelvin McCarthy argued against impeaching the President in this short time adding that no proper investigations have been done and no hearing has been held on the deadly Capitol riot to justify his impeachment.
Leader of House-Senate, Mitch McConnel is not planning to bring the Senate back for trial until Mr. Trump is out of office and Mr. Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States.
Vice President Mike Pence sent a letter ahead of the votes saying he would not want to invoke the 25th Amendment as Democrats had requested, adding that Trump was not ready to resign from office either.