Rabu, 13 Januari 2021

US House of Representatives votes for second Donald Trump impeachment - ABC News

The House of Representatives has voted 232 to 197 to impeach US President Donald Trump, the first US president to be impeached twice, formally charging him with inciting an insurrection.

One week after a violent mob of Mr Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol, a majority of politicians in the Democratic-controlled chamber voted in favour of impeachment, calling the incident a deadly assault on American democracy.

But it appears unlikely Mr Trump will be removed from office before his term ends.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday (local time) blocked a quick Senate impeachment trial for Mr Trump, but did not rule out that he might eventually vote to convict him.

A spokesman for Mr McConnell said he had informed Democrats that he would block their effort to quickly call the chamber back into emergency session to put Mr Trump on trial.

Mr McConnell's move means the Senate trial is all but certain to be delayed until after Joe Biden's inauguration as president on January 20.

Most Republicans in the House opposed the Democrats' resolution, but at least half a dozen had stated their intention before the vote to break ranks to support it.

Ten Republicans ended up voting in favour impeachment.

Third-ranking House Republican Liz Cheney led the GOP opposition to Mr Trump, saying in a statement: "There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution."

The proceedings moved at lightning speed, with the House voting just one week after violent pro-Trump loyalists stormed the US Capitol, urged on by the president's calls for them to "fight like hell" against the election results.

Donald Trump was last impeached in December 2019 on two articles — an abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — but was acquitted by the Senate voting along party lines.

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2021-01-13 21:30:00Z

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