The article on the impeachment of President Donald Trump, voted on Wednesday by the House of Representatives, will be sent to the Senate for the second time during his presidency.
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted by majority vote to impeach President Donald Trump, accusing him of serious crimes and misconduct for inciting an uprising in the US Capitol last week. All Democrats and 10 Household Republicans supported the impeachment clause.
“He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, impeded the peaceful transfer of power and endangered the equal branch of government. In doing so, he betrayed his trust as president to show an insult to the people of the United States, ”the House of Representatives indictment document says.
Although Trump’s powers will officially end on January 20 following the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, if impeachment proceeds, Trump will be barred from re-running for President of the United States in 2024, holding public office, and losing the benefits of former presidents.
Earlier, the Democrats called on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet of Ministers to begin an accelerated process of removing Trump through the 25th Amendment.
However, Pence refused, saying in a letter that the move “is not in the interests of our nation and is not in line with our constitution.”
While many Republicans condemned Trump’s actions that led to the uprising and storming of the Capitol by his supporters, resulting in five deaths, the future outcome of the Senate impeachment vote remains in question.
House minority leader Kevin McCarthy said Wednesday that Trump was “responsible” for the riots, but he called the impeachment “a mistake” without an investigation and hearing. “An impeachment vote will further divide the nation and further reignite the flames of division,” he said, calling instead for a resolution condemning Trump.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that after receiving an article from the lower house, the Senate will not be able to start trial until next week’s meeting on Tuesday.
However, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer noted that McConnell could use emergency powers to hold an extraordinary meeting earlier.
Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the impeachment “poses a tremendous danger to the country and arouses tremendous anger.”
Several lawmakers have voiced their concerns about the possibility of further uprising, pointing out that Trump supporters may try to derail Biden’s inauguration.
Trump responded to those concerns Wednesday with a call against “violence, delinquency and vandalism of any kind” during demonstrations scheduled for the coming days.
Given that the Senate is split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans in the election, an impeachment vote requires all Democratic votes and 17 Republican votes to pass the required two-thirds threshold. Trump became the first president in American history to be impeached twice and may become the first to be convicted by the Senate.