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President Donald Trump became the third president in US history to be impeached in December 2019 and, as of Wednesday, is the first president in American history to be impeached twice.
The Democratic-controlled House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump on a charge of inciting a violent insurrection on the US Capitol on January 6.
Ten House Republicans, including the third-highest-ranking House Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney, joined their Democratic colleagues and voted in favor of Trump’s impeachment.
The House will now transmit the articles to the Senate, which will hold a trial on whether to convict Trump. The proceedings will be overseen by the chief justice of the Supreme Court, and senators will act as jurors. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday that he wouldn’t bring the Senate back into session before January 19.
The Senate will soon be made up of 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans when incoming Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock of Georgia are sworn in on January 20, but a two-thirds majority of 67 Senators is required to vote to convict a federal officer.
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McConnell is said to be livid with Trump over last week’s events at the Capitol, as well as over Republicans’ loss of control of the Senate. He is “pleased” by the prospect of Trump being impeached and now leaning toward a vote to convict, The New York Times and Axios reported on Tuesday night.
The Senate can still vote to convict Trump even after he leaves office and has the option to bar Trump from holding federal office ever again by a simple majority vote of 51 senators. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be able to cast …read more
Source:: Business Insider