Donald Trump has made history by becoming the first president in history to be impeached twice. The US House of Representatives, along with support from 10 Republicans, have voted to impeach Trump for inciting the riots at the U.S. Capitol last week.
With just one week left in office, the House is determined to hold Donald Trump accountable for encouraging the group that attacked the Capitol. The House adopted a single article of impeachment, voting 232 to 197 to charge Trump with “inciting violence against the government of the United States.” They also requested his immediate removal from office and bar him from ever holding office again.
According to the New York Times, the ten Republicans that joined Democrats in voting to impeach were revealed to be: Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the party’s No. 3 leader in the House; Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington; John Katko of New York: Adam Kinzinger of Illinois; Fred Upton of Michigan; Dan Newhouse of Washington: Peter Meijer of Michigan; Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio: David Valadao of California and Tom Rice of South Carolina.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California told her colleagues to embrace “a constitutional remedy that will ensure that the Republic will be safe from this man who is so resolutely determined to tear down the things that we hold dear and that hold us together.”
“He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love,” she said, adding later, “It gives me no pleasure to say this — it breaks my heart.”
The impeachment article will now head to the Senate, where a trial will be held to determine if the president is guilty. The Senate may not reconvene until January 19, but even if the trial is held after he leaves office, a conviction could mean he is barred from holding public office again.