Trump impeached for 'inciting' US Capitol riot

January 14, 2021 World
The US House of Representatives has impeached President Donald Trump for "incitement of insurrection" finally week's Capitol riot.

10 Republicans sided with Democrats to impeach the president by 232-197.

He's the first president found in US history to be impeached twice, or charged with crimes by Congress.

Mr Trump, a good Republican, will now encounter a trial found in the Senate, where if convicted he could encounter being barred from ever keeping office again.

But he's at no risk of having to quit the White House before his term leads to one week, as the Senate won't reconvene in time.

Mr Trump leaves office on 20 January next his election defeat last November to Democrat Joe Biden.

The Democratic-controlled House voted on Wednesday after a long time of impassioned debate as armed National Guard troops kept watch inside and outside the Capitol.

The FBI has warned of possible armed protests planned for Washington DC and all 50 US state capitals before Mr Biden's inauguration in a few days.

In a video introduced following the vote in Congress, Mr Trump called on his followers to remain peaceful, without mentioning his impeachment. "Violence and vandalism have no place in our country... No true supporter of mine would ever before endorse political violence," he said, impressive a sombre and conciliatory tone.

Impeachment charges are actually political, not criminal. The president was accused by Congress of inciting the storming of the Capitol with a speech on 6 January to a rally outside the White House.

He urged his supporters to "peacefully and patriotically" get their voices heard, but also to "fight just like hell" against an election that he falsely told them had been stolen.

Pursuing Mr Trump's remarks, his supporters broke in to the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to suspend certification of election results and have shelter. The building was put on lockdown and five people died in the melee.

The article of impeachment stated that Mr Trump "repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the presidential election results were fraudulent and really should not be accepted".

It says then repeated these statements and "wilfully made statements to the crowd that encouraged and foreseeably resulted in lawless action at the Capitol", resulting in the violence and loss of life.

"President Trump gravely endangered the protection of the United States and its own institutions of government, threatened the integrity of the democratic program, interfered with the calm transition of power, and imperilled a coequal branch of government."

The other day, 139 Republicans voted against accepting the consequence of the 2020 election and Mr Trump's defeat.
Source: Dailyasianage - World News

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