Donald J. Trump is the first president in history to be impeached twice by the U.S. House. The final vote was 232-197. Ten Republicans joined Democrats in approving the latest impeachment resolution. The resolution accuses the President of inciting the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol last week. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump provoked an armed rebellion against democracy. The California Democrat also called the Capitol siege an act of domestic terrorism. Pelosi labeled Trump a desperate President who knows his power is slipping away.
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said impeachment is divisive and argued that it will further fan the flames of partisan division in the U.S. The California Republican acknowledged that the President bears responsibility for the attack on the Capitol. McCarthy also said Trump is being denied due process. The House first impeached the President in late 2019 over the Ukraine scandal and he was subsequently acquitted by the Senate. Impeachment goes to the Senate again and a trial is not expected to happen until sometime after Trump leaves office. His term expires next week.
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