Trump Impeached after US Capitol Attack

Henrietta Strickland
January 14, 2021

President Trump came out and made a public apology the day after everything that happened last Wednesday.

As Trump on Wednesday historically became the only U.S. president to be impeached twice, social media propelled his name, along with the word "impeachment", to worldwide trends. Two other presidents were also impeached and found not guilty of charges. Trump received the same ruling past year after his 2019 impeachment. President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn-in as president on January 20.

Some Democrats, like House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, have anxious that the second impeachment of Mr Trump will distract the attention of the public from Mr Biden's agenda during his all-important first 100 days. The Congress was meeting to officially declare Joe Biden the victor of the 2020 presidential election.

One of them, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, reminded reporters on Tuesday that he's condemned the Trump presidency from the very beginning. "Their argument is that things have died down and there won't be anymore violence or insurrection".

Republicans made speeches urging the House not to impeach Mr Trump in the interest in promoting national healing, with some accusing Democrats of recklessness. "We know that the president of the United State incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion, against our common country. He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love".

Pelosi added that Trump has "repeatedly lied" about the results of the presidential election.

"The Democrats' position is that they want to make sure President Trump can't run for office again, even though his term is one more week", said Adams.

House minority leader, Republican Kevin McCarthy said, "The President bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack", but he voted against impeachment. Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, gave rank-and-file conservatives the green light to abandon Trump in a scathing statement on the eve of the vote. But if the Senate were to convict him, the Constitution allows a subsequent vote to bar an official from holding "any office of honour, trust or profit under the United States". But the impeachment vote demonstrated how challenging the coming months may be for Republicans. He said, "Last week, there was a domestic threat at the door of the Capitol, and he did nothing to stop it".

Shortly before the House's final vote, he issued a written statement calling on his supporters not to engage in any more violence in the rounds of new protests planned for the coming days.

Mr Biden himself is keeping coy about whether he supports the renewed efforts to impeach Mr Trump a second time, saying simply that it is a matter for Congress to decide.

McConnell also called major Republican donors this weekend to gauge their thinking about Trump and was adamantly told that Trump had clearly crossed a line.

Democrats who control the House can choose when to send their article of impeachment to the Senate, at which point that chamber would have to immediately move to begin the trial. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, is said to hold the latter view.

While Mr Biden will look to hit the ground running - especially as the USA struggles to contain a surging coronavirus outbreak - he will have to navigate the tense political atmosphere created by Donald Trump's impeachment. History suggests that Republicans, as the minority party in Washington, should regain control of the House or Senate in 2022. "Any Republican senator or congressman voting for impeachment will be held accountable in their next primary election". Caty Weaver was the editor.

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