Trump Just Got Impeached ... Again

Chelsey Sanchez
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Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM - Getty Images
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From Harper's BAZAAR

The House of Representatives have voted to impeach President Donald Trump from office, charging him with "incitement of insurrection" and making him the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. Now, Trump heads to a trial in the Senate, where majority leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly supported the move toward impeachment.

House Democrats formally introduced an article of impeachment against Trump early Monday morning, charging him with "incitement of insurrection" for abetting a mob of his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday. This move follows Republicans' rejecting a resolution that called on Vice President Mike Pence to strip Trump of his presidential powers by invoking the 25th Amendment.

Read on for a timeline of the impeachment proceedings and follow this story for updates.

January 13, 2021: The House casts votes to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time.

Exactly one week since Trump incited a mob of his supporters to violently seize the U.S. Capitol, the House has formally voted to impeach the 45th president for the second time, charging him with "incitement of insurrection." In a 197-232 vote, 10 members of the Republican Party also joined House Democrats to impeach the president, marking a break from partisan lines that characterized his first impeachment in 2019 (at the time, Republicans unanimously voted against impeaching Trump).

Now, Trump will face a trial by the Senate, in which the majority leader, Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, has reportedly backed the House's decision, according to The New York Times. Sources close to McConnell told the paper that the second impeachment will "will make it easier to purge Mr. Trump from the party."

Though McConnell has not yet committed to convicting the president, several sources from the Republican party told CNN that, with his support, Trump will almost certainly be convicted. "If Mitch is a yes, he's done," one anonymous Senate GOP source told the outlet.

"The President must be impeached, and, I believe, the President must be convicted by the Senate," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said today on the House floor, "a constitutional remedy that will ensure that the republic will be safe from this man who is so resolutely determined to tear down the things that we hold dear and that hold us together."

January 12, 2021: House formally calls on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment; Pence declines, saying it would "set a terrible precedent."

With a 205-223 vote largely split between party lines, the House formally approved a resolution on Tuesday night calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment in order to strip Trump of his presidential powers.

Before the vote, Pence sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi announcing that he does not intend on invoking the 25th Amendment. "Last week, I did not yield to pressure to exert power beyond my constitutional authority to determine the outcome of the election," Pence wrote, referring to Trump calling on him to show "extreme courage" by overturning November's election results. "And I will not now yield to efforts in the House of Representatives to play political games at a time so serious in the life of our Nation."

Pence went on to say that the purpose of the 25th Amendment "is not a means of punishment or usurpation. Invoking the 25th Amendment in such a manner would set a terrible precedent."

With his decision, the House is now set to vote on impeachment.

January 11, 2021: The House introduces a resolution to impeach Trump just nine days before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

The four-page resolution cites the 14th Amendment, which bars anyone who has "engaged in insurrection or rebellion" in the United States from holding public office, against Trump. The document indicates that the president has "repeatedly issued false statements" about a fraudulent election and "willfully made statements that ... encouraged—and foreseeably resulted in—lawless action at the Capitol," as well as notes "his prior efforts to subvert and obstruct the certification of the results of the 2020 Presidential election" such as calling Georgia's secretary of state to "find" votes that would give him victory.

The House will vote on the resolution later this week, per CNN.

The article of impeachment follows House Republicans' rejection of a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to activate the 25th Amendment and thereby strip Trump of his presidential powers.

“The House Republicans rejected this legislation to protect America, enabling the President’s unhinged, unstable and deranged acts of sedition to continue," said Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a statement today. “We are further calling on the Vice President to respond within 24 hours after passage. As our next step, we will move forward with bringing impeachment legislation to the Floor. The President’s threat to America is urgent, and so too will be our action.”

The New York Times reported that more than 210 House Democrats have signed on to the charge and that several Republicans are also considering voting for impeachment, though Republican Party leaders are opposed.

As of Saturday, CNN reported that Pence had not yet ruled out invoking the 25th Amendment, which enables the vice president and other public authorities to strip a president of their powers in the case of inability or incapacitation to serve. A source told the outlet that Pence, who has not spoken to the president since Wednesday's insurrection, is considering the option in case Trump "becomes more unstable."

Though Biden will be inaugurated on January 20, impeaching and convicting Trump now will prohibit him from ever running for office again. Trump would also lose a $219,000 pension and subsidies that would maintain an office and staff.

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