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President Donald Trump has set history in America as he becomes the first US president in history to be impeached for a second time as the Congress charged him with “Incitement of Insurrection.” This charge was as a result of inciting a mob of supporters that stormed the US Capitol last Wednesday.
The House of Representatives voted 232 to 197 on Wednesday, 13th January as the House favored impeachment of the president after the five deaths of people in that incident. Reports had it that 10 Republicans broke ranks to join all Democrats in voting to charge Mr. Trump.
Not only was he impeached, but an article of his impeachment will be sent to the Senate where Mr. Trump will face a trial for casting a threat over the inauguration of the President-Elect Joe Biden and the start of his presidency, also to prevent Mr. Trump from running as President in the future.
“Today, in a bipartisan way, the House demonstrated that no-one is above the law, not even the president,” Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House, said before signing the article of impeachment at a ceremony after the vote.
She added: “Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our country.”
Ms Liz Cheney, the third-ranking House Republican and also the daughter of former president Dick Cheney led the group of Republicans who clarified their support for Trump’s impeachment. Ms Liz lighted Washington on Tuesday night by announcing her intention to move against the president.
“The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack…….Everything that followed was his doing.”
Ms Liz Cheney didn’t debate on the President’s impeachment but her quote was cited in many Democrats statements. However, Republicans who claimed their support for the president argued that why impeach someone who only has a week to leave the White House but the Democrats cited that the president is too dangerous to stay in the House for a week.
Just three presidents, Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton and Mr Trump, have been impeached for “high crimes and misdemeanours”. However, Mr Trump is the first to be impeached twice, and the only one to be charged so close to the end of his term.
Source: Financial Times
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