Donald Trump has been impeached in the House for a second time as ten Republicans turned on the president following the Capitol riots.
The House voted 232 to 197 to impeach Trump today after he was charged with inciting insurrection for telling rally-goers in Washington DC to march to Congress and “fight like hell” on January 6.
The 45th president’s second impeachment came as he urged calm and called for “no violent protests or vandalism” – a week after five were killed in the Capitol siege.
Trump’s impeachment will now head to the Senate, where members of Congress will again vote on whether or Trump will be convicted on the charge.
As the result was announced, Pelosi slammed her gavel and said: “The resolution is adopted without objection.”
Trump’s second impeachment came as:
- Nancy Pelosi was slammed as a “hypocrite” for a resurfaced 2016 tweet claiming the election was “hijacked”
- Trump faces a charge of “incitement of insurrection”
- Trump called for calm and said there should be “no violent protests or vandalism” after five were killed in riots a week ago
- The House passed a powerless 25th Amendment vote to try and get Mike Pence to oust Trump
- FBI investigators probe “sedition and conspiracy ” charges related to the riots as hundreds may be prosecuted
- 3,000 National Guard troops were deployed in DC ahead of the impeachment vote
The debate saw heated exchanges, with Rep Jim Jordan of Ohio accusing Dems of trying to “cancel” the president.
House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy said impeaching Trump now “would be a mistake” and said lawmakers must “resist the temptation of further polarization.”
But he conceded Trump bears some “responsibility” for the riots.
Proceedings are expected to continue on January 19, when the Senate is set to meet next.