Trump impeached for second time after "inciting" US Capitol riots

18 Janvier, 2021, 13:23 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Liz Cheney Dick Cheney’s daughter speaks in the Capitol with Democrat Jamie Raskin. Cheney said of Trump ‘There has never been a greater betrayal by a president

While only one GOP senator, Utah's Mitt Romney, voted to convict Trump past year, that number could increase as lawmakers consider whether to punish Trump for his role in inciting a deadly insurrection at the Capitol. And likewise simply days earlier than the inauguration of Democrat Joe Biden. But others have urged a slower pace as the Senate considers Biden's Cabinet nominees and the newly Democratic-led Congress considers priorities like the coronavirus plan. No date has been set. The West Front of the Capitol building, where the swearing-in occurs, is now fortified by fencing, barriers and thousands of National Guard troops.

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to hit new peaks, the vaccination program is stumbling, and there are fears that the economic recovery from the cratering of 2020 could backslide. Trump will now face a trial in the Senate, where if convicted he could face being barred from ever holding office again.

In line, rapper Cardi B tweeted, "I been told ya" with her prediction about Trump's impeachment.

The House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump with the Capitol secured by armed National forces to prevent any further riots. Should the Senate vote to convict President Trump, it could serve the interests of both establishment Republicans and the Democrat party.

Besides the symbolic value of the impeachment and trial, if Trump is convicted Democrats hope he could be barred from running for office in the future. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not yet announced the dates for the trial.

He has said the conviction by the Senate would make it easier to kick Mr. Trump out of the Republican Party.

It's also about the time Democrats take over majority control of the Senate. The vice president is the tie breaker.

President Trump already has made an about-face, despite continuing his claims that the election was stolen.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said Thursday, "Such unlawful actions can not go without effect". In a statement, he said a trial is unlikely before Biden becomes the president of the country.

The poll showed very little appetite for removing Trump among Trump Republicans - one percent - and among traditional Republicans - about one in four.

Still, the president, who feeds off attention, is feeling the blowback from sowing the wind. "It is now time to move on", the South Carolina Republican said.

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Another Republican has said he and several colleagues have purchased body armour and have been forced to change their normal routines after receiving threats of violence.

On January 6, the protesters breached the Senate doors and occupied her office, leaving five people, one of them a police officer, dead.

Police are still searching for a man who planted two pipe bombs near the Capitol on 6 January. Three other people died in what authorities said were medical emergencies.

According to Senate rules, the trial would start the day after the charge is sent over by the House. The soonest the calendar has senators back in session is Tuesday.

The bipartisan impeachment charges Trump with one count of "incitement of insurrection".

The timing for the trial, the first of a president no longer in office, has not yet been set.

In the face of the accusations against him and with the Federal Bureau of Investigation warning of more violence, President Trump said, "That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for".

"I can't imagine another president in my life who hasn't tried to intervene, hasn't tried to say, 'Hey, this has to stop and you have to go home, '" Rice the P.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the GOP Conference Chair, voted for impeachment along with Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), John Katko (R-NY), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Peter Meijer (R-MI), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Tom Rice (R-SC), David Valadao (R-CA), and Fred Upton (R-MI).

Bettors successfully forecast that Trump would indeed be impeached for a second time. He did not join those who objected, saying they provided no evidence of widespread election fraud.



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