President Donald Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives after voting on Wednesday.
This development occurred after his role in the Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol building by his supporters that left five people dead.
President Trump was impeached on charges of “incitement of insurrection” Before Wednesday; no U.S. president had ever been impeached twice.
The impeachment article was passed by a vote of 232-197, with 10 Republicans joining the Democrats in the chamber.
Under the Constitution, the next step would be a trial in the Senate, which could result in Trump’s removal from office. But with just a week left in his term, the issue appeared to be moot — although nothing is certain in the head-spinning developments that have engulfed Washington, D.C., since Trump was defeated in the presidential election on Nov. 3.
In the article of impeachment, it was stated that Trump “gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government” by promoting false election fraud claims, seeking to illegally manufacture a different election outcome and inviting his supporters to attend the Jan. 6 rally in Washington that turned violent.