Jan, 14th 2021 – The US House of Representatives has impeached President Donald Trump for “incitement of insurrection”. This is after a mob of his supporters stormed the United States Capitol last week.
The House resolution was passed by a vote of 232-197 on Wednesday afternoon. It stated that Trump’s actions and remarks ahead of the storming of the Capitol building in Washington DC incited the rioters.
The Capitol was stormed after Trump delivered an inflammatory speech to a crowd of his supporters that had gathered in protest against Congress’ certification of US President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.
The FBI warned of possible armed protests planned ahead of Mr. Biden’s inauguration.
The article of impeachment stated, “Trump repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the presidential election results were fraudulent and should not be accepted.”
The article added that he repeated the claims willfully making statements that encouraged violence and loss of life.
It read, “President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of government, threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of government.”
Trump had however called on his followers to remain peaceful. He said, “Violence and vandalism have no place in our country. No true supporter of mine would ever endorse political violence.”
The House’s top Republican, Kevin McCarthy faulted the decision to impeach Trump. He said, “Impeaching the president in such a short time frame would be a mistake. That doesn’t mean the president’s free from fault. The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters.”
On the other side, Jim Jordan an Ohio Republican accused Democrats of dividing the country to pursue a political dispute. He said, “This is about getting the president of the United States. It’s always been about getting the president, no matter what. It’s an obsession.”
Last week, 139 Republicans voted against accepting the result of the 2020 election and Mr. Trump’s defeat. His impeachment marks the first time in US history that a president has been impeached twice.