Donald Trump became the first U.S. president to be impeached a second time on Wednesday, when a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives voted to charge him with inciting last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol.
A week before Trump leaves office, a total of 232 lawmakers, including 10 Republicans who broke with the president, voted to charge the defiant Republican leader with felonies and misdemeanors on a single count of “incitement to insurrection.”
The impeachment triggers a trial in the United States Senate, but the chamber is not expected to address the matter until after Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th president on January 20.
Dozens of members of the National Guard besieged the seat of US democracy on Wednesday as congressmen and women proceeded with the impeachment process.
Democrats quickly mobilized to begin the removal process for Trump after he encouraged supporters last Wednesday to “march” to the US Capitol and “fight.”
In a violent insurrection, the rioters outnumbered the police, razed and looted the building, and disrupted Congress as it certified Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
Political leaders from every continent have condemned Trump’s action, with many accusing him of dragging one of the world’s most respected and resilient democracies through the mud.