Trump impeached for the second time

No U.S. President has ever been impeached more than once.

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Mark Wilson

President Donald J. Trump has just been impeached for the second time under the charge of “Incitement of an Insurrection.”

The House’s resolution to impeach him passed 232 to 197, making history by being the first to impeach a president for a second time.

Ten Republicans in the House voted to impeach Trump, breaking yet another record for the number of members of a president’s party to vote against him in an impeachment. Zero Democrats voted against President Johnson during his impeachment. Five Democrats voted against President Clinton during his. This means that Trump has now doubled the record. Because he is now the subject of two of the four impeachments in U.S. history, Trump accounts for 50% of all impeachments.

The impeachment will be tried in the Senate to determine whether they will convict Trump on the charge of incitement of insurrection. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is not planning on agreeing with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to call an early meeting of the Senate on this matter. If McConnell refuses to call an early meeting, the Senate impeachment trial will not take place until after Trump’s presidential term has ended.

When the vote occurs in the Senate, there will need to be a two-thirds majority vote in order to convict Trump. As it stands, this would require all Democrats and 17 Republicans to vote for conviction.

Convicting Trump does not mean that he will be barred from office in the future. If convicted, another vote in the Senate will be called to address reelection. A simple majority (meaning over 50%) vote to bar Trump from seeking reelection would disqualify him from running in the future. It would also have the potential to deny him his over $200,000 lifetime pension, should the Senate choose to go in that direction.

Unless McConnell changes his mind, the impeachment trial will not begin in the Senate until after President-Elect Biden’s Inauguration. Following this, recently elected Senators in, which means the trial will take place in a Democrat-Majority Senate.