Donald Trump impeached for second time

Donald Trump impeached for second time

DONALD TRUMP has been impeached by the US House of Representatives for "incitement of insurrection" following the riots at the Capitol Building last week.

He's now the first US President to be impeached twice, after the House voted to impeach him in 2019.

The latest vote passed by 232-197, with 10 Republicans siding with the Democrats.

The article of impeachment stated that Mr Trump "repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the presidential election results were fraudulent and should not be accepted".

It says he then repeated these claims and "willfully 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," the article read.

Trump will now face trial in the Senate.

If convicted, he could face being barred from ever holding office again, and would lose many of his presidential privileges.

The Democratic-controlled House voted after several hours of debate on Wednesday.

During his first impeachment, few people expected the Senate to convict the president because it was Republican controlled, but things are a little bit more complicated this time.

With Trump set to leave office in less than a week, and after losing a number of party supporters in the wake of the Capitol riots, a positive result in the Senate isn't as likely as it was during his first impeachment.

It's unlikely though that Mr Trump will have to quit the White House before his term in office ends, as the Senate is not expected to convene before January 20, when Joe Biden is inaugurated.