Trump Impeached for the 2nd Time

 

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This week, Donald Trump became the first president to be impeached twice in the history of the United States. This came after a large mob of rioters stormed the Capitol, leaving 5 people dead. The House impeached Trump claiming that he had incited the violence that took place, charging him with “incitement of insurrection”. The vote ended up coming in at 232 to 197, which consisted of all House Democrats and 10 Republicans who sided with the Democrats. While 10 members seems like a small amount, it is still rather significant as in Trump’s previous impeachment not a single Republican voted against him. 

 

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The House is planning on sending the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate soon, where a trial would be held to decide whether or not to convict Trump. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McMcConnel has planned to begin the trial no earlier than Tuesday, the 19th; stating that the trial would not end until Trump was out of office. The 19th is the day prior to Biden’s inauguration, leaving the Senate very little time if they go through with the trial. This also means the Senate would almost certainly need to complete the trial after Trump is no longer president. If the Senate convicts Trump, it would make him ineligible to hold office again along with making him lose other presidential perks. The Senate would need ⅔ majority to successfully convict Trump, which is unlikely as the Senate is still in Republican control.