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Wednesday, 13 January 2021 22:55

Trump Impeached for Second Time in 13 Months

Written by Ted O’Neil, The Center Square
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, leads the final vote Jan. 13 of the impeachment of President Donald Trump for comments he made before an angry group of protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol a week earlier. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, leads the final vote Jan. 13 of the impeachment of President Donald Trump for comments he made before an angry group of protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol a week earlier. J. Scott Applewhite

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The U.S. House of Representatives voted Jan. 13 to impeach President Donald Trump over comments he made prior to a violent invasion of the Capitol exactly a week earlier.

It's the second time in 13 months the president faces a trial in the U.S. Senate, though he is expected to be out of office before a potential trial ever takes place.

 

The vote of 232-197 was mostly along party lines, though some Republicans joined Democrats to impeach. Trump becomes the first president to ever be impeached twice.

 

The single article, with 190 co-sponsors, reads, in part: “In all this, President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government. He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.”

 

There were 10 Republicans who sided with the Democrats, led by U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3 Republican in the House. The others were Fred Upton and Peter Meijer of Michigan, Dan Newhouse and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington state, John Katko of New York, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Tom Rice of South Carolina, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio and David Valadao of California.

 

The move to impeach came after Trump spoke to supporters Jan. 6 outside the White House as the House and Senate met in joint session in the Capitol to certify each state’s Electoral College votes declaring President-elect Joe Biden the winner of the Nov. 3 election.

 

Trump told the crowd he would not concede and that he knew “everyone would be making their way over to the Capitol to protest peacefully and patriotically" and they should “give our Republicans the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back this country.”

 

Thousands of people later descended on the Capitol and hundreds breached the doors, entering the building and sending lawmakers into hiding. Democrats said Trump’s words “incited an insurrection.”

 

During the two hours of debate before the vote was taken, most of the comments...


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