What's Next Now That Trump Is Impeached Again

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2021

State capitols across the nation are stepping up security amid heightened safety concerns following last week's violence at the US Capitol.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 232-197 on Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump, marking the second time in 13 months that it has charged the president with committing high crimes and misdemeanors.

The article of impeachment has gathered at least 218 Democratic sponsors, already crossing the threshold for passage, in addition to support from at least five Republicans who have said they will cross the party line to vote for impeaching the president of their own party. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., reportedly appeared pleased that the president faced a second impeachment, according to the New York Times, but he indicated Wednesday that he would not call the Senate back to Washington before Biden is inaugurated next week.

Shortly before the vote began, number two House Democrat Steny Hoyer urged lawmakers to "reject sedition, tyranny and insurrection" and vote to impeach Trump "for America, for our constitution, for democracy, for history".

With thousands of rifle-carrying National Guard troops inside and outside the Capitol, an emotional debate unfolded in the same House chamber where lawmakers had crouched under chairs and donned gas masks on January 6 as rioters clashed with police officers outside the doors.

All three previous presidential impeachments - those of Trump and presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton - occurred while the leaders were still in the White House.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., told VTDigger Monday that even if McConnell blocked a trial in the coming days, Leahy would favor resuming the process when Democrats take control of the Senate next week.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump must be held accountable for inciting last week's violent attack on Congress.

Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma said January 6th would live in his memory as the darkest day of his service in the House.

Donald Trump has become the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice, as 10 of his fellow Republicans joined Democrats in the House of Representatives to charge him with inciting an insurrection in last week's violent rampage in the Capitol.

Vermont's two delegates to the U.S. Senate, Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., have expressed support for impeaching and convicting the president before his term ends on January 20, though it's not clear when a Senate trial would begin.

The House previously voted to impeach Trump in December 2019 on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress stemming from his request that Ukraine investigate Biden and his son Hunter ahead of the election. Trump was subsequently acquitted by the Senate.

"This is about getting the president of the United States", said Jordan, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Trump in a private White House ceremony this week.

Ten Republicans voted to impeach, including Liz Cheney, the No.3 House Republican.

The daughter of former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney is a rising star in the party. "No true supporter of mine could ever disrespect law and order", Trump said.

Upton in November said Trump had shown no proof of his claims that his election defeat was the result of widespread fraud.

The FBI has warned of possible armed protests planned for Washington DC and all 50 USA state capitals ahead of Mr Biden's inauguration on 20 January.

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