Trump historically impeached for second time within his presidency


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Donald Trump departs Air Force One in May of 2020. According to The New York Times, the House announced their second impeachment on Trump for “inciting a violent insurrection against the United States government” as well as “charging him with high crimes and misdemeanors.”

By Nyah Fernandez, Multimedia Editor

Donald Trump is now the first president in United States history to be impeached twice during his four-year term. In a 232 to 197 vote in the House of Representatives on Jan. 13, the House voted in favor of impeaching the president due to his role in inciting riots at the U.S. Capitol. Ten Republicans joined all Democrats in the voting to impeach the president. Trump is currently waiting on the Senate trials to continue with the motions of impeachment.

“The president must be impeached and I believe the president must be convicted by the Senate, a constitutional remedy that will ensure that the republic will be safe from this man who is so resolutely determined to tear down the things that we hold dear and that hold us together,” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said. “It gives me no pleasure to say this. It breaks my heart.”

The first impeachment of Trump occurred in December of 2019 with the House approving two articles of impeachment: obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. The Senate cleared Trump of these charges in February of 2020. Congressman Adam Schiff of California explained that this second impeachment is a distinct moment in American history.

“America has been through a civil war, world wars, a Great Depression, pandemics, McCarthyism and now a Trumpist and white nationalist insurrection. And yet our democracy endures,” Schiff said. “It endures because at every juncture, every pivotal moment, when evil threatens to overtake good, patriotic Americans step forward to say, enough. This is one of those moments.”

According to CNN, the continuing impeachment trials could ultimately take numerous days or even weeks to conduct as trials will not start until after President-elect Joe Biden is already inaugurated.

“For years we have been asked to turn a blind eye to the criminality, corruption and blatant disregard to the rule of law by the tyrant president we have in the White House,” Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota said. “We as a nation can no longer look away.”

Republican Representative Tom McClintock of California argued that there should be no rush to impeach Trump without a hearing or an investigation.

“If we impeached every politician who gave a fiery speech to a crowd of partisans, this Capitol would be deserted,” McClintock said. “That’s what the president did, that is all he did, he specifically told the crowd to protest peacefully and patriotically. And the vast majority of them did. But every movement has a lunatic fringe.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does not plan to bring the Senate back for trial before Jan. 19 as McConnell said he wants to focus on “facilitating a safe inauguration and an orderly transfer of power.”