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After a scanty few hours of debate and argument in the House of Representatives and no investigation into claims made by Democrats that Trump was "inciting" a riot, the US House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time.
The majority of votes needed has been achieved. A vote tally from NPR shows that the yea votes reached 231, while the nays held at 197. This is the only time a president has been impeached twice.
For the impeachment to be enacted in the removal of the president with less than a week to go on his term in office, the articles of impeachment will have to travel to the Senate and be voted on there.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has already said that he would not reconvene the Senate in order to hold a vote on impeachment.
The order of impeachment was drafted in response to the the storming of Capitol Hill on Jan. 6. Democrats claimed that Trump "incited" a riot with his rhetoric claiming voter fraud. It was near the end of Trump's speech when some of his supporters made their way to Capitol Hill and entered the Capitol by force.
The joint session of Congress, convened to certify the Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden, was disrupted as congressmen evacuated while others sheltered-in-place.
The order states that, in light of "high crimes and misdemeanors," it is "Resolved, That Donald John Trump, President of the United States, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors and that the following article of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate:
"Article of impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America in the name of itself and of the people of the United States of America, against Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, in maintenance and support of its impeachment against him for high crimes and misdemeanors.
"ARTICLE I: INCITEMENT OF INSURRECTION
"The Constitution provides that the House of Representatives 'shall have the sole Power of Impeachment' and that the President 'shall be removed from Office on Impeachment For, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors'. Further, section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution prohibits any person who has 'engaged in insurrection or rebellion 12 against’’ the United States from ‘‘hold[ing] any office . . . under the United States.
"In his conduct while President of the United States—and in violation his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed—Donald John Trump engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States..."
Trump was previously impeached by the House for charges that he had engaged with Russia to alter the outcome of the 2016 election. That impeachment order did not pass the Senate.
This is a breaking story and will be updated.