Euronews 14 Jan 2021

Watch: House votes to impeach Donald Trump with just a week to go before he is due to step down


Ten Republican lawmakers broke ranks making Trump the first president to have been impeached twice and charged the US president with inciting violence against the government.

Democrats are charging Donald Trump with "incitement of insurrection" following last week's riots and look set to make him the first president in history to be impeached twice.

To avoid a repeat of the violence in Washington DC, there will be a massive security presence for Joe Biden's inauguration next week.

Sky's Alex Rossi reports from the US capital.
The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to impeach President Trump on one count of incitement of insurrection, making him the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. The vote came exactly one week after a mob of the president's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building in an effort to block Congress from counting the Electoral College votes and confirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory.

The vote was 232 in favor, 197 opposed. Ten Republicans joined 222 Democrats in voting to impeach.

The article of impeachment, introduced Monday by House Democrats, accuses Mr. Trump of "willfully inciting violence against the government of the United States" in violation of his constitutional oath and duty.

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The House is expected to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time Wednesday, part of a broader attempt to remove the president from office early after a violent riot at the Capitol last week left five dead. If approved, Trump would become the first president in history to be impeached twice. House Democrats impeached Trump in December 2019, charging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in his dealings with Ukraine. But the Senate acquitted him. An open question this time is how many Republicans will join Democrats in voting to impeach the president, as many lawmakers blame Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 attack. As of early Wednesday, at least three House Republicans said they will vote with Democrats to impeach Trump, with more possibly joining them. The article of impeachment charges the president with "incitement of insurrection" for "spreading false statements" about the election.
The House of Representatives voted on Jan. 13 to impeach President Trump a second time after the deadly U.S. Capitol breach. Ten Republicans joined Democrats in voting to impeach the president.

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