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US House impeaches President Donald Trump for the second time Donald Trump Impeachment

US House impeaches President Donald Trump for the second time

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 14 Jan 2021, 10:59 am

Washington/UNI/Sputnik: The US House of Representatives on Wednesday impeached outgoing President Donald Trump for "incitement" of last week's deadly riot at the Capitol.

The US House voted 232-197 in favor of the resolution accusing Trump of "High Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States."

Trump is the first US president to be impeached twice.

Ten Republican lawmakers voted to impeach Trump, USA today reported.

If the impeachment is successful, Trump will be barred from holding public office ever again, including running for President in 2024.

In Dec 2019, Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives on the abuse of power and obstruction of Congress charges - over alleged attempts to force Ukraine into probing Biden’s son.

But the Senate, where the Republican Party enjoyed a majority, acquitted him in Feb 2020.

US President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday expressed hope that the Senate will consider the impeachment of Trump among other urgent issues.

US Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has already dismissed the possibility of a fair impeachment trial of Trump concluding before Biden is sworn in on Jan 20.

"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 in a statement on late Wednesday.

On Jan 6, a group of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol to protest against legislators confirming electoral slates from battleground US states they thought were invalid.

Trump had made a speech among thousands of supporters earlier that day reiterated his claim a massive voter fraud had robbed his election victory and encouraged supporters to maintain support to "stop the steal."

Five people died in the riot, including one police officer as well as one Air Force veteran and Trump supporter who was shot dead by police.