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232 lawmakers in the House of Representatives, including 10 Republicans and 222 Democrats, supported Trump’s impeachment legislation, compared to 197 lawmakers who rejected it.
Trump thus became the first president in US history to face impeachment twice.
The Democrats, who dominate in the lower house of Congress, accuse Trump of “inciting the revolt” in a speech he gave on January 6 and is widely considered to have urged his supporters to storm Congress.
After the bill on impeachment of Trump is passed, the document will be sent to the Senate, the upper house of Congress where Republicans dominate.
Today’s House vote in favor of impeachment paves the way for Trump to be tried in the Senate with the aim of impeaching him and preventing him from holding the presidency again if convicted of incitement to revolt.
The authors of the bill, prepared by Democratic lawmakers, said that Trump “in violation of the constitutional oath … has been involved in committing grave crimes and abuses by inciting violence against the United States government.”
The drafters considered that Trump incited his supporters to storm Congress and practice looting, destruction and killing in it, stressing that by this he showed that he would “continue to represent a threat to national security, democracy and the constitution if he is allowed to remain in office.”
The document called for “Trump to be removed, tried and removed from his office,” while preventing him from holding any position in the United States.
On the evening of January 6, a group of Republican Trump supporters stormed the Congress headquarters during a session to approve the results of the presidential election, which was won by the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, after a rally in which the current US president refused to recognize the victory of his rival.
Police units and special forces were later able to clear the congressional building of the intruders for lawmakers to announce their approval of the results of the vote, and these unprecedented disturbances led to the deaths of 5 people, including a police officer and a woman who was shot dead by a member of the security services and 3 people who died due to “accidents that required ambulance.” Soon, more than 70 others were arrested, while Trump pledged after these events to implement an organized process of transferring power.
Against the background of these events, the White House reported that a number of employees in the Trump administration submitted their resignations, while Democrats in Congress moved to remove the president from power, with the support of some Republican lawmakers.
This initiative to impeach Trump is the second of its kind, as another attempt launched by Democrats in the House of Representatives in 2019 has already failed.