ORB TIMES: During last week’s Capitol riot, the US House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump for “incitement of insurrection”
Ten Republicans sided with Democrats to impeach the 232-197 president.
But his Senate trial won’t take place until after the inauguration of Joe Biden, a Democrat, next week as the new US president.
Mr Trump, a Republican, is the first president in the history of the United
After two hours of impassioned debate, the Democratic-controlled House voted on Wednesday as armed National Guard troops held watch inside and outside the Capitol.
Ahead of Mr. Biden’s inauguration on 20 January, the FBI has warned of potential armed demonstrations planned for Washington DC and all 50 US state capitals.
Mr Trump called on his supporters to stay calm, without referencing his impeachment, in a video released after the vote in Congress. Violence and vandalism have no place in our world,”Violence and vandalism have no place in our country… No true supporter of mine would ever endorse political violence,”and no true supporter of mine would ever endorse political violence.
What Trump Charges with?
Charges of impeachment are political, not criminal. The President was accused of inciting the storming of the Capitol by Congress with a speech to a rally outside the White House on 6 January. He encouraged his supporters to make their voices known “peacefully and patriotically” but also to “fight like hell” against an election which he falsely told them had been stolen.
His supporters burst into the Capitol following Mr Trump’s comments, prompting lawmakers to delay certification of the outcome of the election and take cover. The building was put on lockdown and five people were killed in the melee.
The impeachment article claimed that Mr. Trump “repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the presidential election results were fraudulent and should not be accepted”
It notes that he then reiterated these allegations and “wilfully made statements to the crowd that encouraged and foreseeably resulted in lawless action at the Capitol” leading to the violence and loss of life.
“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 imperilled a coequal branch of government.”
139 Republicans voted last week against acknowledging the results of the 2020 election and the loss of Mr Trump.
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