On Wednesday of this week, President Trump became the first U.S. President to be impeached twice. Trump was specially charged for “incitement of insurrection” at the Capitol, which led to five deaths.
Mitch McConnel, the Senate Majority Leader disagreed with the notion of impeachment, saying that a trial would be difficult to conclude before the end of Trump’s term on January 20th. Regardless, the Senate’s next meeting will be on Tuesday.
Before the impeachment can begin, the Senate must receive the approved article of impeachment that was approved on Wednesday. Lawmakers voted 232 to 197 to approve to article of impeachment and called on him to be disqualified from holding public office again. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi signed the formal article, but refused to answer questions as to when she would give the article to the Senate.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed last week to be one of the darkest periods in American history, declaring that impeachment was a “constitutional remedy” to ensure the safety of the republic. More than a year after a three-month process to impeach the president the first time, Pelosi has moved to the same in only six days.
Due to the Capitol’s attack last week, the building is now heavily militarized against possible threats with the inauguration of Joe Biden.
The impeachment vote left another stain of Trump’s presidency just a week before he is to leave office, with 10 Republican party members voting for his impeachment. In contrast, Trump’s first impeachment resulted in 0 of votes from his own party, as well as Bill Clinton’s impeachment gaining five Democratic votes.