For the second time in less than 13 months, President Donald Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives.
A bipartisan majority in the House voted Wednesday afternoon to impeach Trump, 74, on one charge of “incitement of insurrection” for his role in encouraging his supporters to descend on the U.S. Capitol last week.
The ensuing riot left five people dead, including a U.S. Capitol police officer.
The House voted 232-197 in favor of his second impeachment, with 10 Republican representatives joining the Democratic-led effort this time around.
Trump was previously impeached in December 2019 on two charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in his Ukraine scandal.
No Republican members of the House voted in favor of his impeachment then, and Trump was swiftly acquitted in the GOP-led Senate. In the Senate, the only Republican who voted to impeach Trump was Mitt Romney, who was a vocal critic.
But after Trump motivated a mob of his supporters to “fight like hell” and march on the U.S. Capitol with lawmakers inside, nearly a dozen Republicans supported the effort to impeach Trump a second time, including Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3. GOP member in the House.
Trump is the third president in American history to ever be impeached and the first to be impeached twice.
His unprecedented second impeachment comes with just one week left in his term. A Senate trial isn’t likely to begin until he leaves office on Jan. 20, however.
President-elect Joe Biden, who is set to take the oath of office next Wednesday, said he has asked Congress if they can split their upcoming sessions, in order to focus on both his predecessor’s impeachment and on his initial agenda.
Biden, 78, has said he hopes to quickly confirm his Cabinet picks, pass a new COVID-19 stimulus package, and begin work on rebuilding the U.S. economy.
“Can you go a half-day on dealing with the impeachment, and a half-day getting my people nominated and confirmed in the Senate?” Biden told reporters he had asked members of the House and Senate.
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