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Second impeachment of Donald Trump
Trump Second Impeachment Vote.png
The House of Representatives votes to adopt the article of impeachment (H.Res. 24)
AccusedDonald Trump, President of the United States
Proponents
DateJanuary 13, 2021 to February 13, 2021
OutcomeImpeached by the House of Representatives; found not guilty by the Senate
Charges
Cause
Congressional votes
Voting in the U.S. House of Representatives
AccusationIncitement of insurrection
Votes in favor232
Votes against197
Present0
Not voting4
ResultApproved
Voting in the U.S. Senate
AccusationIncitement of insurrection
Votes in favor57
Votes against43
ResultAcquitted

Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, was impeached for a second time by the United States House of Representatives on January 13, 2021.[1] This made Trump the only president to be impeached twice. After the impeachment, a trial happened in the United States Senate. It happened after his presidency ended.[2] The Senate voted that Trump was not guilty, with only 57 guilty votes. Over two thirds (67) votes were needed for Trump to be found guilty.[3]

Background

After the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol by Donald Trump's supporters on January 6, 2021, many government officials said that Trump had told them to do it. Because of this, Members of Congress from both the Democratic Party wanted to remove Trump from his office as President of the United States. Most Republicans still support the President.[4]

Twenty-fifth amendment

Firstly, they wanted Section 4 of the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution to be used by Vice President Mike Pence, which would remove office from Trump straight away. If he didn't do this, they said they would impeach him in the House of Representatives and convict him in the Senate instead. Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment was also talked about.[5]

Impeachment plans

As of January 8, Democrats planned to push for an impeachment resolution on January 11.[6] By late January 9, it was said that Pence had not ruled out that he might use the 25th Amendment.[7] On January 11, an Article of Impeachment saying that Trump caused the "lawless action at the Capitol" began in the United States House of Representatives.[8]

On January 13, the House voted to impeach Trump.

House votes

Voting results on House Resolution 24
(Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors)
Party Article I (Incitement of insurrection)
Yea Nay Present Not voting
Democrat (222) 222
Republican (211) 197
Total (433)[a] 232 197 4
Result Adopted

See also

Notes

  1. At the time of the House vote, two seats were vacant: Louisiana 5 and New York 22.

References

  1. "House impeaches Trump again". Yahoo. 13 January 2021. https://news.yahoo.com/house-impeaches-trump-again-213653397.html. 
  2. "House impeaches Trump for the second time, focus shifts to Senate trial". The Los Angeles Times. https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2021-01-13/house-begins-final-push-to-make-trump-the-only-president-to-be-impeached-twice. Retrieved January 13, 2021. 
  3. Greve, Joan; Armen Graham, Bryan; Belam, Belam. "emocrats fail to secure enough votes to convict Trump in historic second impeachment trial". The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2021/feb/13/donald-trump-impeachment-senate-trial-vote-verdict-live-updates. Retrieved 13 February 2021. 
  4. "Capitol riot: Democrats seek Trump's removal from office". BBC News. January 7, 2021. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-55579512. Retrieved January 7, 2021. 
  5. WABC (2021-01-10). "Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: 'We came close to half of the House nearly dying' during riots" (in en). https://abc7ny.com/9529495/. 
  6. Fox, Lauren, Manu Raju, Jeremy Herb and Daniella Diaz (8 January 2021). "Democratic momentum builds for potential fast-track impeachment next week". https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/08/politics/house-democrats-impeachment-plans/index.html. 
  7. Acosta, Jim; Brown, Pamela (10 January 2021). "Pence has not ruled out 25th Amendment, source says". https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/09/politics/mike-pence-25th-amendment/index.html. 
  8. Naylor, Brian (January 11, 2021). Impeachment Resolution Cites Trump's 'Incitement' Of Capitol Insurrection. NPR. https://www.npr.org/sections/trump-impeachment-effort-live-updates/2021/01/11/955631105/impeachment-resolution-cites-trumps-incitement-of-capitol-insurrection. Retrieved January 11, 2021.