The U.S. Democratic-led House voted 232-197 to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time, according to Reuters. Trump became the first U.S. president to be impeached twice, even as 10 of his fellow Republicans also charged him of “incitement of insurrection.”
- The House passed a single article of impeachment against Trump following an incendiary speech a week before the pro-Trump mob rampaged through the Capitol.
- Democratic congressman Joaquin Castro called Trump “the most dangerous man to ever occupy the Oval Office.”
- Some Republicans criticized the impeachment, saying it bypassed the customary deliberative process such as hearings, while others said Democrats were acting of pure political interests.
- The Senate’s Republican majority leader, Mitch McConnell, rejected Democratic calls for a quick impeachment trial, saying there was no way to conclude it before Trump leaves office.
- President-elect Joe Biden warned that a Senate impeachment trial in the early days of his term could delay his legislative priorities and urged legislators to find a way to do both at the same time.
- The Senate trial is expected to begin next Tuesday, a day before Biden’s inauguration, and a vote will be taken to bar Trump from running for office again.
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