January 14, 2021

Trump is impeached for second time

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The Gist

The House of Representatives voted 232-197 to impeach Donald Trump for a second time, the most bipartisan impeachment in US history. 

The List

  •  The House charged Trump with “incitement to insurrection” for his role in stirring up his supporters that stormed the Capitol last week.
  • Ten Republican lawmakers, led by the third-ranking House Republican Liz Cheney, joined all Democrats to impeach Trump.
  • “Today, in a bipartisan way, the House demonstrated that no one is above the law, not even the president,”  said N. Pelosi, the speaker of the House.
  • The process of impeachment now moves to the Senate - it’s unclear whether any Republicans will join Democrats in voting to convict Trump.
  • The outgoing president will now face an impeachment trial that will cast a shadow over the start of Joe Biden's presidency.  
  • According to M. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, it would be impossible to have a fair trial before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week.

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