Donald Trump impeachment LIVE updates: President Donald Trump was impeached by the US House for a historic second time Wednesday, charged with incitement of insurrection over the deadly mob siege of the Capitol in a swift and stunning collapse of his final days in office, the Associated Press reported.
With the Capitol secured by armed National Guard troops inside and out, the House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump.
Ten Republicans fled Trump, joining Democrats who said he needed to be held accountable and warned ominously of a clear and present danger if Congress should leave him unchecked before Democrat Joe Bidens inauguration Jan. 20.
Trump is the only US president to be twice impeached.
Earlier on Wednesday, lawmakers began a daylong debate on an article of impeachment that accuses the president of inciting an insurrection that led to the rampage by his supporters, reported the New York Times.
Trump has issued a statement urging for there to be “no violence, no lawbreaking and no vandalism of any kind”.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi started the House debate over the article of impeachment against the outgoing President. “We know that the President of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country. He must go, he is a clear & present danger to the nation that we all love,” she said.
Trump’s fiery speech at a rally just before the Jan. 6 riot is at the center of the impeachment charge against him. A woman was fatally shot in the violence that ensued as pro-Trump protestors breached barricades and advanced into the halls of the Capitol building, smashing windows and brawled with police officers in what is widely being considered one of the worst security breaches in US history.
The House had approved a resolution late Tuesday calling on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to declare the president unable to serve, which Pence opposed, leaving lawmakers with impeachment as their only option to remove Trump from office before Jan. 20, when President-elect Joe Biden is set to be sworn in as president. At least four Republicans, including a member of the House leadership have said they would vote to impeach Trump for urging supporters to march on the Capitol.
(Inputs from agencies: AP, Reuters)
US President Donald Trumps relentless efforts to reverse the results of the 2020 election took a dangerous turn on Jan 6, when an armed and angry mob of his supporters stormed Capitol Hill and clashed with police just as Congress convened to validate Joe Bidens presidential win.
The pandemonium appears to have deepened the divide within the Republican Party, with several leaders pointing a finger at Trump for inciting violence by urging his supporters to reject the results of the presidential election.
Top American lawmakers have now sought to hold Trump, the outgoing president, accountable for storming of the Capitol Hill by his supporters.