The House of Representatives impeached Donald Trump a second time Wednesday, this time on a charge of inciting insurrection, a week before he is supposed to leave office.
Trump is the first American President to be impeached twice.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a final vote tally of 232 for impeachment and 197 against, though a motion for reconsideration was placed on the table. The yea votes included 10 Republicans, the first members of the House of Representatives to ever vote against a President of their own party.
The vote came after two hours of debate centering on the role Trump played in inspiring the violent siege and sacking of the U.S. Capitol last week, and whether his actions constituted a betrayal of his office and the Constitution. The attack came as Congress tried to count Electoral College votes to formally recognize the election of Democrat Joe Biden, defeating Trump for President. Trump had urged people to stop them, and they nearly did.
It’s unclear when the U.S. Senate will try Trump on the charge. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he could not arrange a trial before Jan. 20, the day Trump leaves office, Biden is sworn in as