Trump Impeached For The Second Time

Katriona Page, Contents/Copy Editor

On Jan. 13, 2021, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Donald J. Trump a second time, making him the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. 

The vote was 232 in favor to 197 against, with 10 Republicans breaking party lines to join Democrats. However, the majority of Republicans voted with their party, arguing that the sped-up impeachment process denied Trump due process. 

The vote came after Republicans and Democrats alike condemned Trump’s involvement in the assault on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which killed five, including a Capitol police officer. Prior to the attack, Trump had told supporters at a rally to “fight like hell” against the election results, which he repeatedly and baselessly claimed were fraudulent. Supporters then stormed the Capitol, where Congress was holding a joint session to certify the results of the 2020 election. 

Trump has since denied any responsibility for the violence.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi must now decide whether to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, where 67 senators out of 100 must vote to convict. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly undecided on whether to convict, but has already said any vote would take place after the inauguration of President-elect Joseph Biden. 

The House first voted to impeach Trump in Dec. 2019 after he pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate Biden and threatened military action. No Republicans joined Democrats in the House and only one Republican joined Democrats in the Senate, meaning the Senate did not have the supermajority required to convict.