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U.S. House votes to impeach Trump again
2021-01-13

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On Jan. 13, a majority of the U.S. House has voted to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time.

Trump would be the first U.S. president to be impeached twice.

This development occurred a week after he gave a speech to supporters that resulted in a mob of his backers storming the U.S. Capitol.

Actual removal seems unlikely before the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Republican leader would not agree to bring the chamber back immediately, all but ensuring a Senate trial could not begin at least until Jan. 19.

While Trump's first impeachment in 2019 brought no Republican votes in the House, 10 House Republicans voted to impeach this time, including Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney and Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger.

In a statement Windy City Times obtained, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Illinois) said, "By initiating an attack against the very foundation of our democracy, the president committed high crimes and misdemeanors. Through his actions since—remaining unrepentant for his incitement and repeating his election lies—he has demonstrated that he poses a clear and present danger to the security of our country.

"If Members of Congress wish to uphold our oaths of office and protect and defend the Constitution, President Trump must be convicted and removed from office immediately."

CNN.com noted that impeaching Trump in the House does not remove him from office. Neither a second House impeachment nor even a Senate vote to convict Trump and remove him from office would prevent him from running again, in 2024 or beyond.

Rather, after two-thirds of senators present voted to remove Trump, a simple majority of senators present would have to approve an additional vote to bar him from the presidency in the future.


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