Published: Thu, January 14, 2021

Trump Impeached after US Capitol Attack


After the Republican party spent years defending U.S. President Donald Trump's behaviour, 10 Republican lawmakers voted to impeach him Wednesday on charges that he incited his supporters to carry out the deadly January 6 attack on Congress. Trump was impeached on Wednesday, one week after he encouraged a mob of loyalists to fight like hell against election results and the Capitol became the target of a deadly siege.

Others said that Trump's threat to national security and democracy could continue into the future, and that a second impeachment could be a step along the way to barring Trump from running again.

"Since the divide within the GOP right now seems to be less about policy and more about personality and style, I think that this might make a third party run likely", Neiheisel said, noting, "assuming that Trump wants to run again and isn't barred from holding office again by the Congress".

Mr Trump's fate is now up to the Senate, which acquitted him past year without hearing witnesses in a trial.

"The Founders designed the impeachment process in a way to remove officeholders from public office - not an inquest against private citizens", Cotton said.

"I hope that the Senate leadership will find a way to deal with their Constitutional responsibilities on impeachment while also working on the other urgent business of this nation", Biden 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 daughter of former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney said. In the Senate, Republicans still have control until two newly elected Democrats from Georgia take their seats and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who will wield the tiebreaking vote in the 50-50 chamber, is sworn in alongside Biden. "It was true four years ago, and it is acutely, intensely, urgently true today". "But, this utter failure is inexcusable", he wrote on Twitter.

Tom Rice during debate on the first articles of impeachment against Donald Trump in December 2019.


"He is a clear and present danger to the health, safety and well-being of the American people, and that is why this impeachment is necessary on the House floor for a second time with a bipartisan majority", added Jeffries, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. This time around, 10 members of his own party broke ranks to support the resolution - and more condemned his words and actions on the day of the capitol riot.

"This is a sad day in our republic, but not as sad or disheartening as the violence we witnessed in the Capitol last Wednesday".

"We are not safe with Donald Trump in the Presidency", he said.

The Senate could also punish Trump by banning him from running in a future US election. "This is not a decision I am making; it is a fact", McConnell said in a statement.

No U.S. president has ever been removed from office through impeachment.

McConnell isn't ruling out that he might eventually vote to convict Trump. "It's time to put country over politics".

The 18 term MI representative said he would have preferred to see a formal censure rather than an impeachment, but it was "time to say: enough is enough'".

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