Published: Fri, January 15, 2021

Trump impeached for a second time, leaving his fate in Senate's hands

Trump impeached for a second time, leaving his fate in Senate's hands

Tighter safety rules came into effect after a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump violently broke into the building on January 6 in an attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden as the next USA president.

Those in favour of impeachment said Trump did a awful thing and that he needed to face consequences for it so that future USA presidents don't use Trump's bad behaviour to justify their own. In comparison, 5 Democrats supported former President Bill Clinton's impeachment in 1998, while no House Republicans voted in favor of Trump's first impeachment in December 2019.

The majority of the House of Representatives (more than 50 per cent) voted to impeach Trump on Wednesday.

With less than a week before Trump exits the presidency, there's little incentive for lawyers to take on an unpopular client accused of encouraging his supporters to maraud through the Capitol. "If President-elect Biden truly seeks unity, he has an opportunity to make a major step in that direction by rejecting post-presidential impeachment". Then there's the meaty question of whether the Senate has the authority to conduct the trial of a former president.

The next time Congress prepared articles of impeachment was almost 100 years later for Republican President Richard Nixon when journalists unearthed the Watergate scandal.

Five people died in the day of violence.

In his first remarks since the impeachment, Biden issued a carefully worded plea late Wednesday for the Senate to help him manage the juggling act.

Enough members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favour of the impeachment charge. She said, "We know that the President of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country". During the trip, the president defiantly insisted that his speech to supporters before the riot, which included further evidence-free claims that the election was "stolen" and encouragement for the crowd to "fight like hell" to overturn results, was in fact "totally appropriate".

Cheney said in a statement before the vote, "There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution".

The Senate would not deal with the charge until January 19 at the earliest, which is Trump's last full day in office.

Biden has tried to stay above the fray, concerned that a prolonged impeachment trial will distract from his agenda, top of which is bringing the Covid-19 pandemic under control and applying economic salve.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has some discretion on when she sends the impeachment article to the Senate, which Republican leader Mitch McConnell made clear won't reconvene until January 19. He said it would be best "if Congress and the executive branch spend the next seven days completely focused" on a safe and orderly transfer of power to the incoming Biden Administration.

It's unclear when the Senate will hold a trial following the House vote Wednesday to impeach Trump.

McConnell was fiercely opposed to Trump's first impeachment. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is set to become minority leader next week, has indicated that he has not yet made up his mind on how he will vote, although several reports indicate that he could be open to the idea.

Hai Do wrote this story for Learning English.

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