Jan 15, 2021
It’s official – Donald Trump was formally impeached for the second time during his single term as POTUS. He is the only US President to be impeached twice, ever. The impeachment happened after a long debate that “turned into a rout”. The debate took place between legislators of the House of Representatives, where the President’s behavior was discussed and criticized.
232 to 197 House Representatives voted in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump, following the riots that took place at the Capitol last week. The riots led to the deaths of five people and caused 10 Republicans to vote against the President, which has never happened before.
Democratic speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, commented “Today, in a bipartisan way, the House demonstrated that no one is above the law, not even the president,” she added, “Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our country.”
Pelosi then proceeded to sign the article of impeachment at a ceremony following the vote. President-elect, Joe Biden said the Capitol events are “a bipartisan vote cast by members who followed the constitution and their conscience.”
What happens now?
Now that Trump has been impeached, the process is passed on to the Senate, who will put the President on trial and decide his punishment. The trial cannot begin, however, until the charge has been formally passed to the Senate. During Trump’s previous impeachment in 2019, Pelosi did not send the charges to the Senate for weeks. Trump’s previous charges were related to abuse of power, yet he was acquitted. This time things are different
Some people believe Pelosi should wait before sending the charges to the Senate, allowing Biden and lawmakers to focus on other affairs during his first 100 days in office. Others disagree and want the process to start as soon as possible.
Once the Senate receives the charge, they must follow several rules related to impeachment that was last updated in 1986. Senators take an oath before the proceedings, and then a series of arguments and rebuttals take place between the senators and Trump’s attorneys. The trial will last several weeks.
What’s the point of a late impeachment?
You may think, “Why bother impeaching him now? He has five days left in office.”
The truth is, not impeaching the President and starting his trial would be similar to ignoring a convict’s crimes and letting them go.
“The two most important reasons to pursue a late impeachment are, first, to deter presidents’ misbehavior during their waning days in office, and second, to permanently remove them from public life if their conduct suggests they would pose a continuing danger to the country if they ever returned to a position of national authority,” said impeachment experts, Frank Bowman, and Brian Kalt.
The most important thing is that the impeachment is bound to block Donald Trump from getting power in the future. As the President finishes his final days at the White House, he continues to spread claims that he is right about the election.