President Donald J. Trump has been impeached for the second time.
By a vote of 232-197 the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump on a single charge of “incitement to insurrection.” This extraordinary outcome marks the first time in United States history that a President has been impeached twice.
After hours of debate, 10 Republican lawmakers joined with all 222 Democrats to vote in favor of impeachment.
In contrast, when the House impeached Trump in December of 2019 on charges of “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress”, not a single Republican voted in favor.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that Trump is “a clear and present danger” and “he must go.”
This is a bipartisan repudiation of Trump’s actions in the weeks, days, and hours leading up to the attack on the Capitol on Jan 6, where 5 Americans lost their lives and many more were injured.
The articles will now go to the Senate. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell sent a note to his Republican colleagues this afternoon telling them that “while the press has been full of speculation, I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate.”
Although the Senate will hold a pro forma session on Friday, its rules bars it from conducting business during those days. Without an emergency session, the earliest date that the Senate could take up the articles of impeachment is January 19, one day before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.