House of Representatives Votes to Impeach Trump

Bipartisan support for Trump’s removal.

By a margin of 232 to 197 votes, the United States House of Representatives has impeached President Donald Trump for his role in instigating a mob of his supporters to violently interrupt the work of Congress as it sought to confirm the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, (D-California), explained why it was important to take action now, less than one week before Trump is set to leave office.

“We know that the president of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion, against our common country,” Pelosi said. “He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”

A total of 10 Republicans voted alongside Democrats in favor of the president’s removal from office. All eyes are now on the Senate.

Two-thirds of the Senate must agree to convict the president in order for the president to be removed from office. If every Democrat and independent senator who caucuses with that party voted in favor, at least 17 Republican votes would be required in order to successfully convict Trump.

It’s possible that the Senate trial may not even begin until after Trump leaves office and Biden is inaugurated as president. An impeachment after he leaves office would mean that Trump could no longer receive the perks of being a former president — including hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in pension, as well as a $1 million travel stipend. It could also potentially bar Trump from holding federal office ever again, preventing him from seeking the presidency four years from now.

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