Donald J. Trump, the current and 45th President of the United States of America, was impeached for a historic second time over the riots that took place at US Capitol and left five people dead.
The House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump, with the Capitol guarded by armed National Guard troops inside and out to ensure that there’s no disruption and that the proceedings are carried out smoothly. Ten Republicans joined Democrats to vote to impeach Trump on one charge: incitement of insurrection. They also warned ominously of a “clear and present danger” if Congress should leave him unchecked before president-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.
The previous three impeachments – those of Presidents Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton, and Trump, took months before a final vote, unlike this time, when it only took a week.
Trump’s fiery speech at a rally just before the January 6 riot is at the centre of the impeachment charge against him. At least five people died in the violence that ensued as pro-Trump protestors breached barricades and advanced into the halls of the Capitol building, smashing windows and brawling with police officers.
Following his impeachment, Trump released a video, condemning last week’s violence. However, he made no mention of his impeachment.
In the next step, one can expect the Senate to hold a trial and determine Trump’s guilt. A two-thirds majority will be required in the upper house to remove the president. However, the Senate is unlikely to meet before January 19, when it returns from recess. This means the trial will begin after Trump leaves office on January 20. The Democrats still want to go ahead with the proceedings as they believe that excusing Trump’s offenses would set a dangerous precedent for future presidents.