Trump Only US President Impeached Twice
The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump again, making him the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.
Ten Republican lawmakers joined all 222 Democrats in supporting impeachment, which came a week after a pro-Trump mob violently breached the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, fueled by baseless claims from the president that the election was stolen from him. The final tally of the vote was 232 in favor and 197 against.
The articles of impeachment now go to the Republican-controlled Senate, where the process of removing the president from office before his term is up seems highly unlikely.
The Senate is expected to reconvene on Jan. 19, just one day before President-elect Joe Biden is set to take office, leaving little time for an impeachment trial and vote. In a statement on Wednesday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he had “not made a final decision” on his vote and intended to listen to legal arguments in the Senate—though he said that the upper chamber would not reach a verdict until after Trump leaves office.
But even if Trump is not removed from office prematurely, the vote represents another historic stain on the president’s legacy during his final weeks in the White House, a period of time that past presidents have used to focus on a smooth transition to their successors and take victory laps on their policy accomplishments. Neither of the other presidents who have faced impeachment—Bill Clinton or Andrew Johnson—has faced charges as severe: “willful incitement of insurrection.”
“Last Wednesday, our country watched in shock and horror when extremists—inspired by the President’s months of lies and invigorated by the President’s speech earlier in the day—attacked the U.S. Capitol building with aims to perpetrate violence and undermine our democracy,” said Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA case officer, in a statement explaining her vote to impeach Trump. “Inside the building, we barricaded ourselves against domestic terrorists who were there out of loyalty to one man—not loyalty to our country.”
Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-highest-ranking House Republican, announced her support for impeachment ahead of the vote in a statement blaming Trump for the mob violence that led to five deaths and dozens of injured police officers.
“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,” Cheney said. “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
The riotous mob attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6 after Trump spoke at a nearby rally in which he doubled down on false claims of election fraud and accused his own vice president, Mike Pence, of betraying him for overseeing the largely ceremonial count of electoral ballots to confirm Biden’s win. Facing widespread political backlash from his own party after the riots turned deadly, Trump eventually condemned the violence and pledged an orderly transition process but refused to disavow his debunked claims of election fraud.
Among the Republicans who supported impeachment are: Cheney, Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, John Katko of New York, and Fred Upton of Michigan. Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, a former NFL wide receiver, also broke with the majority of his party to vote to impeach the president, as did Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan, South Carolina Rep. Tom Rice, Washington Rep. Dan Newhouse, and California Rep. David Valadao. Eight of the Republicans who voted for impeachment represent districts won by Trump in the November 2020 elections.
Courtesy – https://foreignpolicy.com/