President Donald Trump Impeached Second Time for ‘Incitement of Insurrection’
The House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump on Jan. 13, making history as the first president to be impeached twice. The decision was made after ten Republicans joined the Democrats in their vote.
The Republican reps who voted to impeach Trump: Liz Cheney, Anthony Gonzalez, Peter Meijer, Dan Newhouse, Adam Kinzinger, John Katko, Fred Upton, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Tom Rice and David Valadao.
The “Incitement to Insurrection” article of impeachment was introduced Jan. 11 by three House Democrats: Jamie Raskin (MD), Ted Lieu (CA) and David Cicilline (RI).
The article states that Trump demonstrated a threat to national security and will remain a threat if allowed to remain in office. The five-page article of impeachment, introduced by Congressman David Cicilline (D–RI), cites that Trump threatened “the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of government.”
“He thereby betrayed his trust as president, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.”
After about an hour of House debate during which Democrats accused him of “incitement of insurrection,” the White House put out a “Statement from the President,” saying “there must be NO violence.”
“In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind. That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers. Thank You,” the statement said.
The White House Twitter account posted a pre-recorded video of Donald Trump urging that “there must be no violence, no lawbreaking and no vandalism of any kind.”
“That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers,” he said.
After the House voted to impeach the president, a video was released on YouTube and the White House Twitter account of Trump sitting at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office as he condemned the violent attack on the Capitol last week, calling for an end to further violence.
“I want to be very clear — I unequivocally condemned the violence that we saw last week, violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country and no place in our movement,” he said.
“Making America great again has always been about defending the rule of law, supporting the men and women of law enforcement and upholding our nation’s most sacred traditions and values.”
“Mob violence goes against everything I believe in, and everything our movement stands for. No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence, no true supporter of mine could ever disrespect, law enforcement, or our great American flag, no true supporter of mine could ever threaten or harass their fellow Americans. If you do any of these things you are not supporting our movement, you’re attacking it, and you are attacking our country. We cannot tolerate it,” Trump said..
Senator Mitch McConnell posted a statement to Twitter in response to what the Senate process will look like over the next seven days.
According to McConnell, no final verdict will be reached until after President Trump leaves office. McConnell stated that moving forward with a safe transfer of power to Biden’s inauguration is the “quickest path for any change.”
“Even if the Senate process were to begin this week and move promptly, no final verdict would be reached until after President Trump had left office. This is not a decision I am making; it is a fact,” the statement said.
“In light of this reality I believe it will best serve our nation if Congress and the executive branch spend the next seven days completely focused on facilitating a safe inauguration and an orderly transfer to the incoming Biden Administration.”