As the first US president in the country’s history, Donald Trump has to face an impeachment for the second time in his term of office. The House of Representatives approved an indictment resolution on Wednesday with 232 votes to 197, in which Trump is accused of “inciting an insurrection” because of the storm he instigated on the Capitol.
The President should therefore be removed from office, and another candidacy for public office should be banned, demanded the House of Representatives. In addition to all Democrats, ten Republicans also voted for impeachment.
Pelosi: Trump incited “domestic terrorists”
At the meeting in the House of Representatives, Chairwoman Nancy Pelosi described Trump as a “threat to the country”. The Republican incited “domestic terrorists” to fight back against his election defeat, she said. “You didn’t come out of a vacuum.” Trump was guilty of “inciting a riot”.
The reason for the indictment is a speech by Trump in Washington last Wednesday in which he urged thousands of supporters to march to parliament. At this time, a joint meeting of the House of Representatives and Senate took place in the Capitol to approve the result of the presidential election and thus the election victory of the Democrat Joe Biden. Trump wanted to prevent this official confirmation.
Leading Republicans distance themselves from Trump
After the speech, hundreds of Trump supporters moved to Congress. They engaged in brawls with the police, broke into the building and forced parliamentarians to suspend the session and get to safety. A total of five people were killed in the clashes.
Even before the vote on the impeachment, leading Republicans had distanced themselves from Trump. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell leaked to the media Tuesday that he had no problem with the impeachment process. The probability that the powerful senator will vote against Trump himself is higher than 50 percent, it said. In Washington, this was taken as a signal to the Republican senators that they were free to distance themselves from Trump.
Liz Cheney is one of the dissidents
There were also dissidents in the House of Representatives. Republican MP Liz Cheney attacked the president sharply in a statement. Trump cheered the mob that stormed the Capitol, wrote the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, who represents Wyoming in the House of Representatives.
The president had thereby betrayed his office and his oath on the constitution. “I will vote to remove the president from office,” she announced. Cheney is number three in the Republican parliamentary hierarchy in the House of Representatives.
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This time there are more deviants than the first time
It was considered certain that the House of Representatives would approve the impeachment charge against Trump. A simple majority, which the Democrats have in the chamber, is sufficient for this. In addition to Cheney, several other Republicans had announced that they would vote for Trump’s impeachment.
In the end, ten Republicans voted against Trump. That was more deviants than the first impeachment a year ago. At that time, only one Republican had voted with the Democrats, who had also previously left the party. Given the fact that the Republican faction in the House of Representatives has 211 members, the group of Trump opponents was manageable. This shows how great the president’s influence on the party is.
It is unclear when and how it will continue
It is now unclear when and how the impeachment will continue. The House of Representatives only decides whether or not to bring charges. The verdict is passed by the Senate, where two thirds of the 100 members would have to vote to remove Trump from office. The Democrats only hold 50 seats, however, they need the support of at least 17 Republicans.
Right now, so many Republicans are unlikely to drop Trump. But after McConnell’s sudden turnaround, it cannot be ruled out either, especially if the majority leader himself votes against Trump. However, it remains to be seen whether the Senate will even deal with the indictment. The chamber is on a break until January 19, Trump’s regular term ends on January 20