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House Of Representatives Vote To Impeach Donald Trump

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House Of Representatives Vote To Impeach Donald Trump

A majority of the US House of Representatives has voted to impeach the 45th president of the Donald Trump.

The final vote was 232 in favour, 197 against.

The vote took place today (13 January) following the storming of the Capitol by pro-Trump supporters last week.

The impeachment of the president means that now the Senate will have to decide whether to convict Trump on a charge of inciting an insurrection.

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Members of the National Guard arrive on Capitol Hill during the Impeachment debate. Credit: PA
Members of the National Guard arrive on Capitol Hill during the Impeachment debate. Credit: PA

Part of the article of impeachment reads: "Donald John Trump engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States ...

"Donald John Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office[.]"

Earlier today, the White House released a statement from Trump - one week after two people died at the Capitol - in which he called for 'no violence'.

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It read: "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 lectern that was stolen during last week's riot is wheeled trhough Statuary Hall. Credit: PA
The lectern that was stolen during last week's riot is wheeled trhough Statuary Hall. Credit: PA

Various Republicans have broken with the party in order to vote in favour of the impeachment, including Washington State Congressman Dan Newhouse.

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The case that has been put forward by Democrats claims that the president's speech last Wednesday morning, which accused the opposition of electoral fraud - incited thousands of supporters to march to Congress and launch the attack.

It's been argued by Republicans that the move is 'divisive', although Democrats have suggested that the cause of the violence isn't just tied to the president's speech on Wednesday.

Some have said that the months of unsubstantiated claims by Republicans across the country that Joe Biden fraudulently won the election all contributed to the unrest.

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Topics: US News, Donald Trump

Amelia Ward
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