Washington state -The House of Representatives voted to condemn President Trump, inciting the riots in the Capitol and killing five people, consolidating his position in history and becoming the only president in history to be condemned twice at an unprecedented rate.
In the final vote, 232 votes to 197 votes, ten Republicans and all 222 Democrats support an impeachment clause, accusing the president of “sedition to rebellion.”
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, said before the vote: “We know that the President of the United States incited this riot and launched an armed rebellion against our common country.”
Mr. Trump was impeached for the first time in December 2019 because he tried to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens. His second impeachment occurred a week before the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Since the founding of the Republic, only two other presidents have been impeached.
On January 6, the president addressed supporters near the White House, urging them to “fight like hell” as members of Congress were preparing to officially confirm Biden’s victory. The angry mob then marched towards the Capitol, rushed into the building, smashed windows, broke the gate, and entered the Capitol. The mob managed to stop voting in the election for several hours.
The House Democrats put the impeachment resolution to a vote at an unprecedented speed, reflecting the severity of the attack on the Capitol and the limited time remaining in Trump’s term. The resolution was first proposed on Monday, and Democrats abandoned the typical procedures of holding hearings and conducting investigations.
The impeachment clause will be sent to the Senate soon, where members of Congress must convict and remove Mr. Trump for trial. Senate Majority Leader McConnell said on Wednesday that he has not yet decided whether to vote to convict the president.
With only 7 days left in Trump’s term, the Senate trial may extend into the term of his successor. If this happens, the Senate can still choose to convict Mr. Trump and bar him from holding any federal office in the future. Conviction requires a two-thirds vote in the Senate.
The president refused to accept responsibility for inciting the mob to attack the Capitol, and he insisted on Tuesday that his speech before the riots was “completely appropriate.”