Donald Trump has become the first president in United States history to be impeached twice, as 10 of his fellow Republicans joined Democrats in the House of Representatives to charge him with inciting an insurrection in last week's violent rampage in the Capitol.
One week before Trump is to leave office, a total of 232 lawmakers, including 10 Republicans who broke with the president, voted to impeach the defiant Republican leader for high crimes and misdemeanors on a single charge of "incitement of insurrection".
McConnell remains in control of the Senate until President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in next week, and he has signaled that he's ready to dump Trump overboard after the president's supporters violently stormed the Capitol to stop the congressional certification of the electoral vote. McConnell said in a memo to his fellow Republicans he has not made a final decision on how he will vote on impeachment in the Senate.
"Democrats have prosecuted another unwarranted and politically motivated impeachment", Hagedorn said in a statement released after the House vote. But even if he has left the White House, a Senate conviction of Trump could lead to a vote on banning him from running for office again.
"In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO law breaking and NO vandalism of any kind", the president said.More news: 'Freaks And Geeks' star Jessica Campbell dies l
McCollum played a unique role in Wednesday's House impeachment proceedings, chosen by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to preside over the debate from the rostrum.
The US House of Representatives voted 221 to 203 to advance legislation to impeach President Trump. The source went on to say that the White House is putting huge pressure on members, and that members are saying "they want to vote to impeach but they legitimately fear for their lives and their families' lives".
And Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, hasn't yet taken a position on impeachment, however, she said she hoped the president would resign.
As of January 12, no Senate Republican has officially announced his or her support for impeachment, however, there were early rumblings that some party members think the president is culpable. "The president bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack on Congress by mob rioters".
McConnell has said no trial could begin until the Senate was scheduled to be back in regular session on January 19, one day before Biden's inauguration.More news: Ontario's new COVID modelling shows LTC deaths could top first wave
For Rep. Jim Hagedorn, a Republican who represents southern Minnesota, impeaching Trump amounts to "further dividing an already splintered nation" - even though Hagedorn has never rejected the president's false claims of a rigged election.
A two-thirds majority of the senators present is needed to convict the president, meaning that if all of them are in the chamber at least 17 Republicans would have to join Democrats in voting for conviction.
That's what happened past year after Trump was impeached by the Democratic-controlled House for pressuring the leader of Ukraine to dig up political dirt on Biden.
If Trump is impeached again, it would be the first time a US president has been impeached more than once.
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The House impeached Trump after he ignored calls for his resignation and Pence rebuffed Democratic demands to invoke a constitutional provision to remove the president.