The House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Donald Trump on the charge that he incited last week’s mob attack against the U.S. Capitol that left five people dead, including a Capitol Police officer.
Trump is the only U.S. president whom the House impeached twice. Trump was impeached the first time in December 2019 for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress for his attempt to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s family.
The Democratic-controlled House had moved rapidly to impeach Trump this week after Vice President Mike Pence rejected using the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. The House is now expected to immediately submit the article of impeachment, incitement to insurrection, to the Senate.
However, it’s unclear when the Senate trial will take place. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office has confirmed that he will not bring the upper chamber back before Tuesday, which means the trial will likely drag on past inauguration day and into President-elect Biden’s first term.
Though the Republican-controlled Senate voted to acquit Trump during his first impeachment trial, the state of play is less clear this time around. Several GOP senators have called for Trump to step down, and McConnell himself has said he remains undecided on how he will vote.
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