President Donald Trump was incitement of insurrection.by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, making him the first US president to be impeached twice. This follows , which was stormed by a mob seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. The charge in the single article of impeachment is
The process next moves to the Senate for a trial. If convicted, Trump could be removed from office in his last days as president before the Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has indicated that he wouldn’t agree to bringing the Senate back into session before Jan. 19, according to The New York Times. It’s unclear whether Trump could be tried after his term ends. Some legal experts say no. Others say yes.. That’s if the Senate reconvenes swiftly enough, but Republican leader
Soon-to-be-Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat from New York, said a trial will be held regardless of whether Trump has left office. “Make no mistake, there will be an impeachment trial in the United States Senate,” Schumer said, according to various media outlets. In a note to GOP colleagues Wednesday afternoon, McConnell left open the possibility that he would vote to convict. “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,” McConnell said, according to a number of news outlets.
A total of 217 votes in the House (or a simple majority plus one) is required to impeach a sitting president, with the Democratic-majority House obtaining 232 votes — including 10 Republicans — on Wednesday afternoon. In the Senate, where, typically, the chief justice of the Supreme Court would preside over the trial, two-thirds of the 100 senators must vote to convict. After a conviction, the Senate could also vote to permanently bar Trump from holding public office; that vote would require only a simple majority of 51.
“If the president is convicted, there will be a vote on barring him from running again,” Schumer said.
House Democrats on Monday formally introduced the article of impeachment, which had 218 co-sponsors as of Jan. 12.
Trump he said. “For [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi and [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer to continue on this path, I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our country and it’s causing tremendous anger.”on Tuesday. “It’s ridiculous. It’s absolutely ridiculous,”
Prior to the impeachment, some members of Congress had also been pushing to invoke the. Section 4 of the amendment provides power to the vice president plus a majority of sitting Cabinet secretaries to determine that a sitting president is unfit for office. The determination is made when a president is deemed “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
Congress on Tuesday night voted to formally ask Vice President Mike Pence to resolution gave Pence 24 hours to respond before the House . Pence, however, had already indicated , saying in a letter to Pelosi that he didn’t think it would be “In the best interest of our Nation.”to remove Trump from power. The
In Trump’s first impeachment, two charges were made against him: abusing power and obstructing Congress. The issue was Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, including a July 2019 phone call in which he appeared to be using US military aid as a bargaining chip to pressure Ukraine into investigating alleged ties between his political opponent Biden, Biden’s son Hunter and a Ukrainian gas company. The articles also charged Trump with interfering with a House inquiry into the Ukraine matter.