(Washington, DC) -- Donald J. Trump is the first president in history to be impeached twice by the U.S. House. The final vote was 232-197. Ten Republicans joined Democrats in approving the latest impeachment resolution. The resolution accuses the President of inciting the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol last week. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump provoked an armed rebellion against democracy. The California Democrat also called the Capitol siege an act of domestic terrorism. Pelosi labeled Trump a desperate President who knows his power is slipping away. When Trump was impeached 13 months ago for allegedly pressuring Ukraine to dig up dirt on a political opponent, no Republicans joined with Democrats. In fact, two Democrats voted with Republicans. The impeachment comes just a week before Trump is scheduled to leave office after Joe Biden is sworn in as the nation's 46th President.
A trial in the Senate is not likely to conclude until after Trump is no longer President. Constitutional scholars say a trial can take place even though he is no longer in office. But that will likely be disputed during the trial. It will take a vote of two-thirds of the Senate to convict Trump. Some Republicans have indicated they are open to voting to convict. However, at least 17 Republican Senators would need to join with all Democrats and their allies to get the votes needed. If they do vote to convict Trump, they then can decide if he should be allowed to every hold office again or not.
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said impeachment is divisive and argued that it will further fan the flames of partisan division in the U.S. The California Republican acknowledged that the President bears responsibility for the attack on the Capitol. McCarthy also said Trump is being denied due process. Impeachment goes to the Senate again and a trial is not expected to happen until sometime after Trump leaves office. His term expires next week.