Trump Impeached For ‘Inciting’ US Capitol Riot

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 13: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (C) wears a protective mask while walking to the House Floor at the U.S. Capitol on January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives is expected to vote to impeach President Donald Trump later today, after Vice President Mike Pence declined to use the 25th amendment to remove him from office after protestors breached the U.S. Capitol last week. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday impeached President Trump for his role in last week’s deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Voting 232-197, the historic vote makes Donald Trump the first president in the country’s history to be impeached twice.

This time the Democrats had support from ten Republicans to approve the single impeachment article — inciting violence against the federal government.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said President’s Trump actions and behavior in the past weeks after the election gave Congress no choice.

Speaking before the vote, Pelosi said, “We know we experienced the insurrection that violated the sanctity of the people’s Capitol. And we know that the president of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion, against our common country.”

“He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.” 

Chairwoman Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican leader and highest-ranking GOP woman in Congress, said Trump “summoned the mob,” “lit the flame” of the attack and — despite pleas from his Hill allies — refused to call it off.

“There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” Cheney said in a statement.

Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is standing her ground amid criticism from fellow Republicans.

“I’m not going anywhere. This is a vote of conscience,” she said before the vote. “It’s one where there are different views in our conference. But our nation is facing an unprecedented — since the Civil War — constitutional crisis.”

Nine other Republicans who voted to impeach Trump were Rep. John Katko (N.Y.), the top Republican on the Homeland Security Committee; Reps. Fred Upton (Mich.) and Jamie Herrera Beutler (Wash.), co-chairs of the centrist Tuesday Group with Katko; Reps. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) and Peter Meijer (Mich.), both war veterans; and Reps. Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), David Valadao (Calif.), Tom Rice (S.C.), and Dan Newhouse (Wash.).

The impeachment vote will lead to a trial in the Senate.