Donald Trump has become the first US President to be impeached twice
WASHINGTON, D.C. - After allegations of "incitement of insurrection", Donald Trump has become the first US President to be impeached twice. The US House of Representatives noted Mr Trump in inciting violence by storming the Congress on January 6th, 2021 with his false accusations of election fraud, which was won by Democratic Party's Joe Biden.
On his speech, Mr Trump told his supporters to "peacefully and patriotically" make their voices heard, but also to "fight like hell" against a "stolen", as he falsely claimed, election. As a result, Trump supporters stormed into the Capitol, where the Congress was counting the electoral college votes, pressurising lawmakers to delay election results and hid into safety. The building was further placed into lockdown and five people died in the attack. Last week, 139 Republicans, Mr Trump's political party, had voted against Mr Trump's defeat in the 2020 election.
The impeachment article, which stated that Mr Trump "repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the presidential election results were fraudulent and should not be accepted", will go to the Senate. The Senate then will further hold a trial to determine Mr Trump's guilt.
As many as 17 Republicans would have to vote to convict Mr Trump in order to reach the two-thirds majority threshold. However, 20 Senate Republicans were open to convict Mr Trump, as reported by the New York Times on Tuesday (12/1). Should Mr Trump gets convicted by the Senate, lawmakers could host another vote to exempt him from running election office in the future, which Mr Trump has planned to do in 2024. (AC)