After Democrats charged President Donald Trump with “incitement of insurrection” over last Wednesday's assault on the Congress, the United States House of Representatives voted to impeach the president for a second time.
The single article of impeachment charges President Donald Trump with high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States due to the false claims about election fraud leading up to the insurrection.
The move in the House takes place after the vote on Tuesday which formally called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the sitting President. Which Pence declined to do.
Pence was warned that if he declined, the Democrats would move to impeach, which is currently in process.
“I’ve served with Ronald Reagan, with George H.W. Bush and George Bush. I have respect for all of those presidents. They care about our country, they honoured our constitution and they executed the duties of their office consistent with the constitution and laws of our country. That is not true of this president and therefore, he ought to be removed and we have that opportunity to do so. Is there little time left? Yes! But it is never too late to do the right thing,” said Democratic House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.
Formally charging the President appears unavoidable as Democrats hold the majority in the House, but in a departure from the first impeachment vote in 2019 several GOP members, led by the Number three Republican Liz Cheney, have said they would vote to impeach, arguing in a statement that there has never been a greater betrayal by the president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.
But not all Republicans agree as Republican Deputy Minority Whip Tom Cole explains, “Instead of moving forward as a unifying force, the majority in the House is choosing to divide us further, with only a week to go in his term. The majority is asking us to consider a resolution impeaching President Trump and they do so knowing full well that even if the House passes this resolution the Senate will not be able to begin considering these charges until after President Trump’s term ends. Mr Speaker, I can think of no action the House can take that’s more likely to divide the American people.”
Ten Republicans joined the Democrats' vote to put Trump on trial in the Senate but that won't happen before Joe Biden is sworn in as the next president in a week.
Moving boxes were seen arriving at the White House as Trump's term ends on 20 January 2021.