The second impeachment against Donald Trump is a historic event – but the likelihood is slim that the Republicans will now rethink.
Donald Trump: a second impeachment and only one week left in office Photo: Delcia Lopez / ap
As expected, the US House of Representatives passed charges against still-President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening for “inciting a riot”. He is the first president in US history to have to deal with an impeachment procedure twice. Well deserved, one would say in English, well deserved in the face of a presidency that, like no other before, disregarded all the rules of democratic debate, decency and the truthfulness that is already limited in the public representation of politics. Nevertheless, as correct as the reflex is to hold Trump accountable for his role in the storming of the Capitol on January 6, the approach is dubious.
Because the impeachment process, to which the German constitution has no equivalent, transforms a political body into a legal one. MPs and senators become prosecution, defense and court. An institution exclusively focused on the organization of political power disguises itself as an independent judiciary. This is doubtful anyway, but at least requires different procedural standards than, for example, the debate on a resolution or a draft law, if the rule of law is not to be further undermined.
But because Trump is only in office for one week anyway, the democratic majority rushed to the vote by bypassing the usual procedures, i.e. testimony in the judiciary committee, obtaining legal expertise and intensive debate and weighing up their evaluation.
The Republicans in the Senate did almost exactly the same thing in the first impeachment trial in 2019, in order to quickly vote down the indictment – and both approaches further exacerbate the weaknesses of the process. Because it is political majorities and not legal evaluations that determine the outcome, the decision never has the authority of the judgment of an independent judiciary. If dubious procedures are added, what suffers is exactly what this impeachment is actually supposed to defend: trust in the judiciary and democratic institutions that are exclusively bound by a common set of rules.
The small hope that had arisen on January 6th that the shock of the events could also cause a rethink on the Republican side, is thus possibly lost. Only ten Republican MPs voted with a Democratic majority on Wednesday. There are far too few to free the Republican Party from the clutches of the sect-like Trump cult. It is also up to the democrats to promote this process or to make it impossible. The impeachment process is of no help here.
Ten Republican MPs also voted for the process. The President must now answer in the Senate for his role in the storming of the Capitol.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi in the final vote Foto: Scott Applewhite/ap/dpa
WASHINGTONdpa | After his supporters storm the Capitol, Donald Trump becomes the first US president in history to face a second impeachment trial. In addition to all 222 Democrats, ten of Trump’s Republicans also voted in the House of Representatives on Wednesday to open a new impeachment process.
197 Republicans voted against it. Trump has to answer in the Senate for “inciting a riot”. According to the Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a ruling in the Chamber before Trump’s successor Joe Biden is sworn in next Wednesday is ruled out.
In the resolution opening the procedure, Trump is made personally responsible for last week’s attack on Congress. Angry Trump supporters broke into the Capitol on Wednesday last week after an inciting speech by the President. At the time, Congress had met there to formally confirm Biden’s election victory. Five people were killed in the riots, including a police officer.
The unprecedented outbreak of violence in the political center of the United States caused a shock both nationally and abroad.
In the resolution to initiate proceedings, Trump is described as “a threat to national security, democracy and the constitution”. Trump now has to face an impeachment process in the Senate that is similar to a judicial process. A two-thirds majority in the Senate would be needed to ultimately condemn Trump. To do this, at least 17 Republican senators would have to side with the Democrats.
Impeachment more than a symbol
It is currently unclear whether this could happen. Trump will automatically leave office with Biden’s swearing-in on Wednesday next week. In addition to the impeachment, the resolution also provides that Trump should be banned from future government offices. This would mean that he would not be allowed to run for president in 2024. Therefore the impeachment procedure would be more than a symbolic step.
Leading Democrats had also argued that it was important to set an example to condemn Trump’s actions and thus prevent possible similar misconduct by future presidents.
McConnell said on Wednesday, “Even if the Senate process started this week and moved quickly, there would be no final verdict until President Trump left office.” He cited procedural rules and precedents. The previous three impeachment trials in the Senate had taken 83, 37 and 21 days, respectively, McConnell said.
Individual Republicans in the Senate have already openly opposed Trump, but have not yet said yes to impeachment. The Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, told CNN that there might be a political “earthquake” in the Senate that could lead to a majority in favor of impeachment.
Schiff was referring to a report by the New York Timesafter which Mitch McConnell internally indicated that he thought the removal was justified. Citing unspecified sources from McConnell’s circle, the newspaper wrote that McConnell was happy that the Democrats had initiated an impeachment process. That could make it easier for his party to break away from Trump. In his communication, McConnell did not comment on whether he considered the impeachment procedure to be justified.
In the case against one of the participants in the assault, it is said that Trump supporters wanted to “capture and kill elected officials,” and left a threatening note to Vice President Pence
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Participants in the riots in Washington on January 6 intended to “capture and kill elected officials,” according to a petition from federal prosecutors, writes The New York Times (NYT).
This is the case against Arizona resident Jacob Chansley, who, according to the NYT, became one of the most visible figures in the storming of the Capitol thanks to a photograph in Congress, topless, wearing a fur hat with horns and a spear.
“Strong evidence, including the words and actions of Chansley himself in the Capitol, suggests that the insurgents’ intention was to seize and kill elected officials,” the document says.
Prosecutors noted that in the congressional hall, Chansley took the podium and left a threatening note to the Vice President of the country, Michael Pence. “It’s a matter of time, justice comes,” the message said.
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The president faces a second impeachment process after Congress accused him of inciting the insurrection. Photo: AP
Within a week of leaving the White House, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, chose the lawyers to defend him in the impeachment process.
One of those chosen will be Rudy Giuliani, who was the Republican’s personal lawyer and who spearheaded the appeals strategy after the November 3 presidential election.
John Eastman is also being considered for the president’s impeachment defense team.
Eastman, 60, backed the unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud at the rally before the Capitol storming.
The defender did not confirm or deny whether he will represent Trump, citing respect for privacy between attorney and client.
If the president of the United States asked me to consider helping him, I would certainly consider it, ”said the former professor at Chapman University in California.
In the same vein, Eastman accused that in the elections there were secret ballot folders to generate fraud.
Alan Dershowitz is also considered part of the Republican team.
In this context, President Trump instructed his collaborators to suspend the payment of the legal fees of his lawyer Giuliani, according to the newspaper The Washington Post.
According to the newspaper, Giuliani requested a payment of $ 20,000 a day for his work to appeal the results of the presidential elections.
Faced with the failure in the challenges, Trump expressed annoyance towards the lawyer and towards the vice president, Mike Pence.
Last Wednesday, the United States House of Representatives made Trump the first president of that country to be indicted for impeachment on two occasions, accusing him of inciting an insurrection as lawmakers sought to certify Joe Biden’s victory in the elections. elections.
FINE PER PARTY
The Mar-a-Lago golf club, the residence of US President Donald Trump, in Florida, received a warning from the authorities for holding a party in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
For that meeting, the social club must pay a fine of up to $ 15,000.
This, after the publication of a video of a New Year’s Eve party in which a crowd is observed on the dance floor without wearing masks.
Despite measures taken by the club to have attendees wear masks, “it appears that, based on video evidence, almost the entire guest room lacked masks,” the Palm Beach County said in a letter.
The letter, dated January 12, was addressed to the vice president and director of Mar-a-Lago, Bernd Lembcke, after one of the president’s sons, Donald Trump Jr., posted a video of the party on the networks social.
Ok, this is amazing. Vanilla Ice is playing Mar-a-Lago’s New Years Eve party. I feel like a child in the 90s … ”, he wrote in the publication.
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Donald Trump he will not be removed from office before the end of his term in one week. his vice president settled on Tuesday the debate on Amendment 25, the constitutional clause that provides for the itraining of a president when the majority of his cabinet considers that he is “incapable of exercising his powers and obligations in office & rdquor ;. In a letter sent to the House of Representatives, Mike Pence stated that such a move would create “a terrible precedent & rdquor; and “would help to inflame passions & rdquor; of the moment. “I do not believe that such an action responds to best interests of our nation nor is it consistent with the Constitution & rdquor ;, he wrote in the letter. His refusal to invoke the amendment leaves everything ready for this very Wednesday to formalize the second ‘impeachment’ against Trump.
Pence’s expected slamming door came shortly before Congress passed a resolution to ask the vice president to invoke the amendment, a process that Democrats wanted to exhaust before proceeding with the nuclear option of ‘impeachment’. In a session held six days after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, the proposal to activate that constitutional mechanism won 223 votes in favor and 205 against. One Republican, Congressman Adam Kinzinger, was the only one from his party to join the Democratic majority.
But after Pence’s ‘no’ there is no turning back. Trump will be charged with “incitement to insurrection & rdquor; for instigating the assault on Capitol last week in which five people died, including a policeman. But it could have been much worse because, as the ‘Wall Street Journal’ reported yesterday, some of the assailants, who broke into Congress with baseball bats, ropes, metal bars and bridles to take prisonersThey were very close to coming into direct contact with the congressmen.
They narrowly escaped, with the help of the Capitol police, unable in any case to stop the mob of supporters of the president. Three of his agents have been suspended for taking photos with the assailants or directing their actions and a total of 17 are being investigated. A second policeman died on Monday by committing suicide for unknown causes.
The charge to judge Trump politically is expected to be approved this Wednesday. And unlike what happened in the first failed process to dismiss him, this time he will have the support from various Republicans. At least three of his congressmen have confirmed that they will support the accusation, although Administration sources maintain that the final figure in the Lower House could be around a dozen. “The president of the United States summoned this mob, rallied it and lit the flame of attack& rdquor;, said the congresswoman Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. “There has never been a greater betrayal from a president to the position he holds and the oath he took to the Constitution & rdquor ;.
Trump denies his responsibility
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That same president left on Tuesday to Texas to get chest on the section of wall that he has managed to build on the Mexican border. An opportunity that he seized to deny any responsibility for what happened on Capitol Hill (“what I said was totally appropriate & rdquor;) and send a veiled warning to those who aspire to judge him. A process that does not seek his removal this time, but his disqualification to prevent him from running again in 2024. “This ‘impeachment’ is creating a immense anger And still they are going to do it, it’s really terrible what they are doing, & rdquor; said Trump.
He country is on high alert given the possibility of new violent protests by the president’s followers before the inauguration of Joe Biden, a scenario that the FBI has warned about in a circular sent to Congress. He has also had to move the Army Staff to remind his cadres that they are due to the Constitution, a sign of the tensions that the power struggle in the country has created among the troops. The law enforcement are one of the hard cores of Trumpism and some ex-military personnel were in the forefront of the assault on the Capitol. “Any attempt to disrupt the constitutional process not only goes against our traditions, values and oaths. It is also a violation of the law & rdquor ;, the eight generals at the head of the Pentagon wrote in a joint letter.
There is no alternative to removing Trump. MEPs must act because, alongside democracy, internal and external security is in danger.
Autorally: Denver rolls for Trump’s removal Photo: David Zalubowski / ap
What’s the point of impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump eight days before his term ends? Isn’t it wasted energy, pure symbolic politics? Many ask that.
But when a president tries to sabotage the outcome of elections, when he incites riot and violence against the country’s two highest elected chambers, and when his defense minister describes an attempted coup as a “protest for freedom of expression,” congressmen and senators have no choice . You have to act, because in addition to the democratic institutions and the separation of powers, the internal and external security of the country is also at risk.
The MPs and Senators cannot leave the defense of democracy to the corporations in Silicon Valley that have blocked Twitter, Facebook and Instagram from Trump. The elected representatives must do everything in their power to prevent the chief rebel from remaining in command of the armed forces for another day. You have to insist that Donald Trump be fired. You have to bring charges against him. And they have to make sure that he is subsequently convicted in the Senate.
So it’s good news that the Democrats filed a motion for impeachment in the House of Representatives on Monday. It is about sending a moral and political signal that the constitution will continue to apply after January 6th. At the same time, an impeachment procedure harbors all possible political and military risks. Because Trump – even after he has been robbed of his megaphones on the Internet – has the backing of his 74 million voters, dozens of Republican MPs and senators and countless men and women in uniform. And he created – for four years and with thousands of inflammatory messages and supporters – a climate that will last and that will outlast his presidency.
For this reason, Congress cannot allow itself to go single-track. On the one hand, he must carry out the impeachment procedure. And on the other hand, immediately begin with the great social, economic and ecological reforms promised by Joe Biden, which his voters expect and which alone are ready to bring back at least part of Trump’s base. The projects coming up, and now, are health care for all, a Green New Deal, radical cuts in the absurd military budget, and immigration reform.
The Democrats can do it. You have a majority in Congress. You have to prove that democracy can do a lot more than putschism. Now.
The American Democrats warned Sunday, January 10 that they are ready to launch in the coming days a new “impeachment”, a historic impeachment procedure against Donald Trump, if Vice President Mike Pence does not resolve to remove him from office. functions.
Four days after the events on Capitol Hill, which left five dead and shook the United States, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a series of actions to remove the Republican president, described as “Imminent threat” against democracy and the American Constitution.
Democrats will first appeal to Mike Pence. The House will be asked Monday, January 11, and if necessary the next day, to vote on a resolution asking him to remove Donald Trump from his functions. In a rapid procedure and then, if necessary, in a formal vote.
Request for activation of the 25th amendment
The powerful leader of the Democrats, 80, says the impeachment procedure will be introduced immediately. The indictment article has already been drafted.
Democrats call on Mike Pence to urgently activate the 25the amendment of the Constitution which consists, for the vice-president and the principal ministers, of noting the inability of the president to exercise his function.
Vice President Mike Pence (left) and Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi as Congress certifies the presidential election January 6, 2021 in Washington. / POOL / AFP
Faithful to Donald Trump but having no further contact with him since the events of last Wednesday, Mike Pence has so far shown no willingness to trigger this device.
Nancy Pelosi specifies that the vice-president will have 24 hours to respond to the House’s injunction which would amount to making him endorse executive powers for the last ten days of Trump’s mandate. President-elect Joe Biden is to be sworn in on Jan.20 on the steps of the Capitol.
An “unbalanced” president
Democrats believe Republican billionaire is now president “Unbalanced” and dangerous, and should therefore be ruled out. They also believe he encouraged his supporters to march on the Capitol last week, where Mike Pence, held by the Constitution, solemnly announced the results of the Nov. 3 presidential election. A Joe Biden victory that Donald Trump never wanted to accept.
Some Republican elected officials on Sunday called on Donald Trump to resign to spare the country the complexities of the procedure.impeachment like 25e amendment. Several voices were also raised in the Democratic camp to judge that such a long and complicated procedure could slow down the projects of President-elect Joe Biden.
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Isolated in the White House, released by several ministers, Donald Trump does not seem willing to go of his own accord. He even plans a trip to Texas on Tuesday, January 12, to praise his immigration policy and the construction of the border wall with Mexico.
New York, Washington Mark A. Milley is a soldier through and through. The 62-year-old has dedicated his life to the military and, as Chief of Staff, is something like the highest military in the United States. Like most soldiers, the general from Winchester, Massachusetts, held back from making political statements in public. Alone because it wasn’t right.
But this reluctance has been over since January 6, the memorable day on which supporters of US President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol. Milley and his staff wrote a letter to the armed forces reminding their soldiers that they must defend their constitution.
“Freedom of expression and the right of assembly do not give anyone the right to violence, riot and insurrection,” the statement said. In the US Congress there were scenes that clearly violated the rule of law. It was an “attack on democracy”. They also make it clear that “Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States.”
America in a state of emergency – this does not only apply to the political situation because of the second impeachment proceedings, which the Democrats should decide on Wednesday with their majority in the House of Representatives. It also applies to the security situation.
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America’s institutions resemble a fortress in the run-up to Biden’s swearing-in on Wednesday – not just in the capital, but in almost every state in the country. There is great fear that scenes similar to those in the Capitol could take place in many parts of the country on January 20th.
On Tuesday, the FBI and the Justice Department addressed the public in a press conference. According to them, the violence on January 6th could be part of a wide-ranging, well-organized “seditious conspiracy”. There are serious indications of a “consistently high, coordinated threat level” across the country.
Washington is dominated by fear
“This phase of the change of government is unlike anything we have ever experienced, the security situation is extremely precarious,” says Lara Brown, Politics Professor at George Washington University. She was “horrified and dismayed” at the fact that millions of US citizens believe “the conspiracy theories of an outgoing president” – and some of them united in the storming of the Capitol.
In the hours around the impeachment vote, the US Congress is more like Fort Knox than a building that is expressly open to the people. Construction workers have erected concrete barriers, hundreds of National Guard soldiers swarmed in camouflage and armed the Capitol.
Congress members are checked several times with metal detectors on their way to work. Security measures in the rest of the city have also been increased significantly: helicopters are circling, world-famous monuments are locked, the marble tower of the National Monument was closed to visitors after bomb threats.
Even the tourism industry is reacting to the dangerous situation. The accommodation and rental platform Airbnb announced on Wednesday that all reservations in and around Washington would be canceled in the week of inauguration. “Numerous people have been identified among the customers who are either connected to hate groups or otherwise involved in criminal activities in the Capitol. You have been banned from our platform. “
The power change ceremony in one week, in earlier times a symbol of solidarity with the people, is reduced to a minimum in public. The fear is too great.
In Congress in particular, there are fears of new riots or attacks by individual perpetrators. Shortly before the impeachment vote, the congressional police warned the leadership team in the House of Representatives of “retaliation” by Trump supporters. The Senate was also informed about the danger situation, among others from secret service representatives from the Pentagon. “From what we’ve heard, we have serious concerns about persistent and violent threats to our democracy,” a group of Democrats said afterwards. There is a real danger of “fatal attacks by violent extremists”.
The fears are fueled by Republicans in Congress who do not recognize Biden’s victory even after the storming of Congress. Trump also warned on Tuesday that the impeachment was “an enormous danger for our country, it triggers enormous anger”. This anger is apparently not limited to just the protesting Trump base.
The Joint Chiefs’s concern also concerns how deeply ingrained this anger might be in the US military. As president, Trump had massively increased the military budget and is particularly respected among veterans. There is still speculation in Washington about why the National Guard was so late in approving the assault on the Capitol. According to the Democratic governor of the neighboring state of Maryland, the Pentagon did not give permission for hours to send soldiers to reinforce it.
Up to 15,000 soldiers deployed when Biden was inaugurated
For the moment, the deployment of the soldiers seems to have been clarified, more than a thousand national guards will cordon off the capital by the end of January. But the fear of gaps in the security concept remains. Interior Minister Chad Wolf resigned last week in protest against Trump’s agitation. Ironically, there is a leadership vacuum in the authority that is supposed to protect citizens from terrorism and other threats. In Washington, the security concept is now coordinated by FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Administration. Otherwise, the authority mainly provides assistance in the event of natural disasters.
The fear of the Trump troops is by no means limited to Washington. Armed protests in front of the capitals of the individual states are expected across the country. There were riots in the capital of the state of New York last week. A pro-Trump demonstration in Albany saw stabbing in front of the Capitol and five people were arrested.
State Street in front of the Capitol is closed to traffic these days, and barricades on the sidewalks are designed to prevent crowding. Dog-escorted state troopers – state police officers – patrol the empty aisles of the Capitol these days. New York has been holding its meetings virtually for a long time because of the pandemic.
In Michigan, the state has banned the carrying of firearms in the Capitol, which is otherwise permitted. In Wisconsin, the National Guards – part of the US military – support the state police. In Georgia, armed guards are already standing outside the Atlanta Capitol during the sessions. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said it learned of possible armed protests in the coming days. The police are on standby.
In liberal California, too, the security forces in the federal capital Sacramento are preparing for a possible onslaught. “We are all on high alert to make sure everyone is safe” and “that the right to free speech can be exercised but that there is no violence,” said Governor Gavin Newsom.
The danger is real
The Trump troops go out of their way to organize, although Twitter, Facebook & Co. have recently been eagerly trying to block not only Trump’s opinions, but also those of his supporters online. The supporters of the incumbent president are now relying on the Telegram messaging app, among other things.
There participants would share information on how to build bombs and weapons, reports the US broadcaster NBC. Telegram is based in Dubai, the content is barely checked.
The start-up was founded by the Russian entrepreneur Pavel Durov. In the past few days, the app recorded the fastest user growth in the company’s seven-year history. From Saturday to Monday alone, the app would have 25 million new users from all over the world, as Durov announced.
The app, which now has more than 500 million active users, also benefits from the fact that users are increasingly turning away from the Facebook subsidiary WhatsApp.
Social media apps such as CloutHub are also recording increasing numbers of downloads. CloutHub, for example, positions itself as a Facebook alternative and adorns itself with the fact that it has won so-called “ambassadors” who regularly post content. Among them is an activist by the stage name Carpe Donktum, who became known for Trump memes and was banned from Twitter in June. The right-wing extremist movement QAnon is also represented there with a group. And BitChute, a video platform, has built a reputation for distributing neo-Nazi videos and conspiratorial content.
The Terror Asymmetrics Project think tank is watching the developments with concern and has already alerted the FBI. “If the users call for murders when it comes to specific actions instead of just sharing information, then the risk level increases,” said the head of the institute, Chris Sampson, on NBC.
Over the past few days, he has observed that the participants are exchanging ideas about where they can best position themselves for the inauguration. Army documents would also be shared via Telegram, including a manual on explosives and demolition, and an entry on how to radicalize Trump supporters and turn them into neo-Nazis.
“Million Militia March” is what Trump’s supporters call their next big action, with which they want to disrupt Biden’s inauguration. Information about this is still being spread on Twitter. “Many of us will return to Washington on January 19th with our weapons,” says a post on Parler, which continues to circulate in a screenshot on Twitter. “We will be so many people that no army and no police authority can counter that.”
Returning to General Milley, the soldier received a surprising phone call late last week. Nancy Pelosi, the majority leader in the House of Representatives who prepared the lawsuit against Trump, was on the line.
The Democrat wanted to find out about the security precautions in connection with the nuclear codes, “in order to prevent an unstable president from sparking military conflicts or calling up the (nuclear) codes and ordering a nuclear strike,” Pelosi later said. Milley assured her that there were security measures in place to prevent this. That has never happened in America either.
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MOn Wednesday, a majority of elected House of Representatives voted to formally indict Donald Trump for inciting violence on Capitol Hill, paving the way for a historic second trial of the President of the United States.
“Impeached again”, “again indicted” is what emerges most in the press “made in US”.
The threshold of 217 votes in favor of indicting Donald Trump was exceeded, the Democratic-majority House therefore adopted the indictment against the Republican president, and this a second time, a year after being accused of ‘pressuring the Ukrainian president in exchange for information about Joe Biden. For the Washington Post “there is no doubt” that the outgoing president “deserved” it. But this trial could have serious consequences for Joe Biden. Indeed, such a procedure “would eclipse the first days of the elected president, slowing down the confirmation of the members of his cabinet” as well as its program, notes the Post. Especially since Joe Biden has made the “reunification” of a divided America a priority at the start of his mandate. This will not be an easy task in a context of “impeachment”.
“There is no precedent” for trial after president’s term ends, New York Times notes . For the daily of the East Coast, even if he was condemned, Donald Trump could present himself in 2024, a hypothesis that the president on the exit himself evoked. Unless another simple majority vote in the Senate prevents it.
Across the United States, in Los Angeles, the LA Times sees this second impeachment proceeding as “a key moment that will undoubtedly overshadow all the accomplishments of the Trump presidency such as tax cuts, business deregulation and the appointment of federal judges ”.
“Trump’s grip on the GOP is still strong”
For the Wall Street Journal, this indictment deepens the divisions within Republicans. “The split has repercussions on the party,” notes the economic daily.
The Huffington Post, however, warns that “Trump’s grip on the GOP is still strong” and breaking it will be “a long and uphill battle” for Republicans. “It remains the heart of their party, but with an asterisk next to its name reminiscent of its two impeachments,” said the news website.
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