The United Stated House of Representatives voted to officially impeach President Donald Trump for a second time Wednesday afternoon. He was charged with “incitement of insurrection” for his actions following the D.C. riots on Jan 6, 2021.
Pres. Trump is now the only president in United States' history to be impeached twice.
House Resolution 24 passed the Democratic-controlled chambers with 232 in favor to 197 opposed. The vote was largely on party lines. Democrats block voted all in favor of impeachment, and all but ten republicans voted in opposition to the resolution.
The impeachment now awaits a Senate trial, which will most likely take place after Pres. Trump leaves office. When all new senators are seated, it will take 17 republicans voting with all democrats to convict President Trump.
Despite the unprecedented second impeachment, Donald Trump can still run for office in the future. If Trump is convicted by the Senate, then a subsequent, simple majority of senators would have to approve a vote to bar him from presidency in the future.
Although the vote is final, some republicans thought the impeachment trial was rushed and not in the best interest of the American people. “A vote to impeach will further fan the flames of partisan division,” said top House Republican, Kevin Mcarthy.
However, many expect support for President Trump to remain present throughout the country. “His support is strong because the American people appreciate that over the last four years he did more of what he said he would do than any President in my life,” said Rep. Jim Jordan.
Pres. Trump is expected to respond to the House vote in a video to be released on Wednesday.
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