Washington – The House of Representatives voted to indict President Trump for launching an uprising in the Capitol that resulted in the deaths of five people, reaffirming its place in history as the sole president accused twice of bipartisan reprimand approved at an unprecedented rate.
The final vote was 232-197, with 10 Republicans joining all 222 Democrats to support a single article for accountability and accusing the president of “inciting an uprising”.
“We know that the President of the United States has aroused this uprising, this armed uprising against our common country,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said before the vote. “You have to go. It is a clear and present threat to the nation we all love.”
Trump was first charged in December 2019 for making efforts to put pressure on Ukraine to investigate the Biden family. His second impeachment will take place just a week before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in as his successor. Only two other presidents have been charged since the republic was formed.
On January 6, the president addressed supporters near the White House, urging them to “fight hell” as members of Congress prepared to formalize Mr. Biden’s victory. An angry crowd then marched onto the Capitol and stormed the complex, breaking windows and breaking doors into the congress halls. The crowd managed to stop the counting of voter votes for several hours.
The House Democrats led the indictment with unprecedented speed, reflecting the gravity of the attack on the Capitol and the limited time remaining for Mr. Trump’s term. The resolution was first introduced on Monday, with Democrats abandoning the typical process of holding hearings and conducting an inquiry.
The article on accountability will soon lead to the Senate, where lawmakers will have to negotiate whether to convict Mr. Trump and remove him from office. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday he had not decided whether to vote on the president’s conviction at the trial.
There are only seven days left in Mr. Trump’s term, and the Senate deliberations could be extended until the time of his successor. If that happens, the Senate may continue to decide to condemn Mr. Trump and forbid him to hold any federal office in the future. A two-thirds vote of the Senate is required for a vote to condemn.
The president refused to take responsibility for inciting the crowd that stormed the Capitol, insisting on Tuesday that his pre-riot speech was “perfectly appropriate.”