Donald Trump becomes first US President to be impeached twice
Washington, Jan 14: Donald Trump became the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice, charged with inciting an insurrection following the deadly riots at the US Capitol on 6 January.
At least 10 Republicans voted against their party and Donald Trump, with the final result being 232 votes to impeach, assuring he becomes the first US president to be impeached twice.
Four Congressmen did not vote. All four Indian-American House members - Ami Bera, Ro Khanna, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Pramila Jayapal - voted in favour of the impeachment.
In a statement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made clear that President Trump's impeachment trial won't start until after January 19.
The Senate will not hold a trial before January 20, when Democrat Joe Biden assumes the presidency, meaning Trump will escape the risk of being forced to leave early. He will, however, depart in disgrace and likely due to face a Senate trial later.
The article of impeachment charges Trump with a count of "incitement of insurrection" for his actions on January 6, when he delivered a speech inciting his supporters to lay siege to the Capitol, an action that temporarily halted the counting of Electoral College votes and resulted in the deaths of five individuals, including an officer of the US Capitol Police.
Holed up at the White House, watching the proceedings on TV, Trump took no responsibility for the bloody riot seen around the world, but issued a statement urging "NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind" to disrupt Biden's ascension to the White House.
Trump was first impeached by the House in 2019 over his dealings with Ukraine, but the Senate voted in 2020 acquit.