House impeaches Trump for the second time, focus shifts to Senate trial

Picture Courtesy: LA Times
Picture Courtesy: LA Times

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump became the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice, as a bipartisan House majority Wednesday voted to charge him with inciting insurrection by his supporters, who stormed the Capitol to block ratification of Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

It was a defining moment that will probably eclipse any policy accomplishments of Trump’s presidency — such as his tax cuts, deregulation of business and remaking of the federal judiciary — and illustrated how far he has fallen in the year since his last impeachment and trial, when all but one Republican in Congress stood by him.

The 232-197 House vote Wednesday came exactly one week after the Capitol suffered its most violent assault since the British burned it in the War of 1812.

One casualty of last week’s Capitol siege seemed to be Trump’s iron grip on the Republican Party. In the final vote, 10 Republicans, including No. 3 GOP leader Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, joined 222 Democrats in approving one article of impeachment.

Publish : 2021-01-14 10:47:00

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