January 16, 2021

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US House of Representatives has impeached President Trump

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The United States House of Representatives has impeached President Trump for inciting the storming of the Capitol hill.

Democrats in the House moved the article of impeachment following the invasion of the Capitol hill during the certification of 2020 presidential election on January 6th.
Ten Republicans sided with Democrats to impeach the president by 232-197.

Trump has become the first president in US history to be impeached twice, or charged with crimes by Congress.

He will now face a trial in the Senate, where if convicted he could face being barred from ever holding office again.

But he is at no risk of having to quit the White House before his term ends in one week, because the Senate will not reconvene in time.

Mr Trump leaves office on 20 January following his election defeat last November to Democrat Joe Biden.

The Democratic-controlled House voted on Wednesday after several hours of impassioned debate as armed National Guard troops kept watch inside and outside the Capitol.
His impeachment charges are political, not criminal. The president was accused by Congress of inciting the storming of the Capitol hill with a speech on 6 January to a rally outside the White House.

He urged his supporters to “peacefully and patriotically” make their voices heard, but also to “fight like hell” against an election that he falsely told them had been stolen.

Following his speech, his supporters broke into the Capitol hill, forcing lawmakers to suspend certification of election results and take shelter.

The article of impeachment stated that Mr Trump “repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the presidential election results were fraudulent and should not be accepted”.

It says he then repeated these claims and “wilfully made statements to the crowd that encouraged and foreseeably resulted in lawless action at the Capitol”, leading to the violence and loss of lifes.

“President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of government, threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperilled a coequal branch of government.”

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