The House of Representatives has voted for Donald Trump to be impeached for a second time. He becomes the first President in United States history to have faced two impeachment trials.
Lawmakers voted on impeaching President Trump on Wednesday, with the Majority voting in favour of impeachment by a margin of 232-197. Vice President Pence stated earlier that the request to use the 25th Amendment, that he rejected was not “in the best interest of our nation.”
Representative Ilhaan Omar (D-MN) said earlier that Trump’s impeachment was necessary to protect democracy.
“We must impeach and remove this President from the office immediately so that he cannot be a threat to our democracy,” she said, according to The Hill.
Rep Jim McGovern (D-MA), meanwhile, said that a bipartisan vote on the resolution would not have brought about the unity required to heal a traumatised America.
“We all want to talk about unity? I can’t think of anything that would unify this country if there was a big bipartisan vote in favor of impeachment”.
Earlier today, three Republican lawmakers publicly stated that they will support impeachment, but it ended up being 10 GOP representatives breaking ranks by voting for impeachment. Those Republicans include John Katko (N.Y.), Liz Cheney (WY.), Fred Upton (MN), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA.), Dan Newhouse (WA), Peter Meijer (MN), Anthony Gonzalez (OH), Tom Rice (SC) and David Valadao (CA)
During the impeachment debate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-NY) addressed the floor, saying that impeaching Trump would be to honour her oath of office.
“No one is above the law, not even the President of the United States,” she said according to MSNBC. “Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our country. We honor that oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help us, God.”
Trump will now appear before the Senate which could run out of time to hand out a conviction, as Trump’s term ends in a week. Whether there will be enough votes in the Senate to convict Trump is another story, with impeachment requiring a two-thirds majority.
Now that President Trump has been impeached for the second time, and if the he is convicted on the charges of “inciting insurrection”, he will never be permitted to hold federal office ever again.