The US House of Representatives approved this Wednesday the opening of a new political trial against the outgoing president, Donald Trump, this time under the accusation of “incitement to insurrection” after last week’s assault on the Capitol by a mob of his followers, which left five dead.
The vote ended with 232 votes in favor and 197 against, when the limit to approve the impeachment was located in 217. To the favorable vote of the Democrats of the House of Representatives, majority in the American Lower House, ten Republican legislators have joined, among which stand out John Katko, Liz Cheney o Jamie Herrera. Although the number of Republicans who has finally decided on support the ‘impeachment‘It has not been clear until the vote, the support of these legislators underscores your discontent over the Capitol incident, which took place last week, during the certification of Joe Biden’s victory in Congress.
At the beginning of the debate, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has pointed out that Trump is a “clear and present danger” for the United States, underlining that “the president incited this insurrection, is armed rebellion against our country“, as reported by the television network CNN. In addition, he added that the New York tycoon has lied “repeatedly” about the outcome of the presidential elections, held in November, and has cast doubt on democracy. In parallel, he has branded the people who broke into the Capitol as “domestic terrorists” and has emphasized that Trump “sent” them to the building. “They are not patriots”, has riveted, marking distance with the adjective with which the president has defined them.
“The president must submit to an ‘impeachment'”, has settled. The text presented maintains that Trump repeated false claims about his alleged victory in the presidential election of November 3 and harangued his followers in a speech broadcast on January 6 itself. Deadlines prevent removal of Trump before January 20, date on which Biden will take office as president from the United States, but they would disqualify him from holding public office and running for re-election in 2024.
With this process, Trump will become the first president of the United States to be subjected to two impeachment proceedings after he was acquitted in February 2020 after being accused of abuse of presidential power and obstruction of Congress for pressure Ukrainian leaders to investigate Biden and his son Hunter for their business activities.
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