Article image Once Trump is impeached (again), what's next?

Now that Trump is impeached, what's next

Trump was subsequently acquitted by the Senate. In brief remarks, she said Trump must be impeached and removed from office for "directly and specifically" inciting "a violent attempt to interrupt our democracy".

Donald Trump has become the first president in United States history to be impeached twice, as 10 of his fellow Republicans joined Democrats in the House of Representatives to charge him with inciting an insurrection in last week's violent rampage in the Capitol.

An hour before the chamber gaveled into session at 9:00 a.m. ET (1400 GMT), Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Twitter called for Trump's immediate removal from office, saying the president's "incitement of a deadly insurrection against the U.S. Capitol is without precedent in our nation's history and an egregious violation of his oath of office". The article of impeachment filed by the Democrats cites this provision.

While three United States presidents have been impeached, none has ever been tried by the Senate after leaving office. Voting against impeachment were Hagedorn along with Reps. Following his conviction by the Senate in 1862, Humphreys, who was already out of office, was officially barred from holding office for life with a Senate vote.

Trump "did not strongly condemn the attack nor did he call in reinforcements when our officers were overwhelmed", Newhouse said in an accompanying statement released on social media. There is no timetable on an impeachment trial.

Biden said it was important that a Senate impeachment trial in the early days of his term not delay work on his legislative priorities, including cabinet confirmations, and urged Senate leaders to find a way to do both at the same time. But Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the House majority leader, indicated that Democrats will try to move quickly. During the 2019 impeachment vote, all 195 House Republicans voted against impeachment, however, as of January 12, at least five GOP members of the House, including Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-highest Republican house member, have said they will vote in favor of a second impeachment. The trial would proceed in the Senate even after Trump leaves office.

That's what happened past year after Trump was impeached in 2019 by the Democratic-controlled House for pressuring the leader of Ukraine to dig up political dirt on Biden. Mitt Romney was the only Republican who voted guilty on the abuse of power count.

This year, the Senate will be split 50-50 between the parties, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris serving as the potential tiebreaker.

The final House vote was 232-197 to impeach Trump, with all Democrats joined by 10 Republicans. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., and John Katko, R-Wash., in publicly announcing support for impeachment a week after rioters breached the Capitol as lawmakers counted electoral votes.

But McConnell believes Trump did commit impeachable offenses, according to press reports, and sees an opportunity to rid the Republican Party of the real estate tycoon once and for all. "That doesn't mean the president is free from fault".

The House impeached Trump after he ignored calls for his resignation and Pence rebuffed Democratic demands to invoke a constitutional provision to remove the president.

"Impeaching the president in such a short time frame would be a mistake", said Kevin McCarthy, the House's top Republican.

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