Trump is impeached for unprecedented second time

Henrietta Strickland
January 14, 2021

"President Trump's role in fomenting last week's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol is negatively impacting his future political prospects - even among his base", said Kyle Dropp, co-founder and president of Morning Consult.

One week before Trump is to leave office, a total of 232 lawmakers, including 10 Republicans who broke with the president, voted to impeach the United States leader.

The House is considering impeaching Trump for the second time after last week's riots at the Capitol as lawmakers met to certify the election results.

In the days leading up to Wednesday's impeachment vote, several Minnesota Republicans cited concerns that impeaching Trump in his final days in office could further inflame tensions - though they all to one degree or another declined for weeks to recognize President-elect Joe Biden's victory or push back on Trump's unsupported claims of a rigged election.

Days after pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, 40 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents said they would vote for President Donald Trump if he ran in the 2024 Republican primary, a drop in support over the last two months, according to a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll released on Wednesday.

Ten Republicans voted to impeach, including Liz Cheney, the No.3 House Republican. McGovern says it was Trump and his allies who were stoking the anger of the violent mob.

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed on Twitter a Washington Post report that McConnell had informed the Senate's top Democrat, Chuck Schumer, he is not willing to bring the chamber into an emergency session to consider removing Trump from office following House impeachment.

The US House of Representatives voted 221 to 203 to advance legislation to impeach President Trump.

It's not yet clear when the Senate will convene a trial to respond to the House's impeachment vote.

Ali Alexander, a leader of last week's "Stop the Steal" riot, has said three Republican House members helped organize last week's violent attack on the Capitol: House Freedom Caucus head Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar of Arizona and Mo Brooks of Alabama.

On Tuesday, the Illinois Republican said he would vote to impeach Trump, saying the president "broke his oath to office and incited" the January 6 "insurrection" and "used his position in the Executive to attack the Legislative".

Trump was acquitted by the Republican-majority Senate in February 2020.

That's what happened a year ago after Trump was impeached by the Democratic-controlled House for pressuring the leader of Ukraine to dig up political dirt on Biden.

This time, however, Trump has only a week left in the White House and Biden is to be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on January 20. The trial would proceed in the Senate even after Trump leaves office.

The daughter of former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney is a rising star in the party.

"For years we have been asked to turn a blind eye to the criminality, corruption and blatant disregard for the rule of law from this tyrant in the White House", Omar said in a House floor speech during the impeachment debate.

"I am not choosing a side, I'm choosing truth", Republican Jamie Herrera Beutler said in announcing her support for impeachment. "Everything that followed was his doing", she said, adding, "I will vote to impeach the president".

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