WASHINGTON ― The list of presidents who have been impeached are as follows: Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Donald Trump.
Donald John Trump on Wednesday became the first U.S. officeholder ― let alone president ― to be impeached twice by the House of Representatives. The vote took place exactly one week after he incited an insurrection at the Capitol and one week before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
Trump will now face a trial in the Senate – the upper house of the US Congress – with senators acting as jurors to acquit or convict him.
The Republicans who voted for impeachment are Liz Cheney, Jaime Herrera Beutler, John Katko, Adam Kinzinger, Fred Upton, Dan Newhouse, Peter Meijer, Anthony Gonzalez, David Valadao and Tom Rice.
The article of impeachment charges Trump with “incitement of insurrection.” It is a single article, narrowly drafted by Democrat Congressmen David Cicilline and Jamie Raskin while they were in lockdown during the Capitol riot last week.
The purpose of such a targeted impeachment resolution was to avoid the need for drawn-out hearings and witness testimony. Cicilline told reporters Wednesday morning that they had drafted the legislation to be “very specific.”
“There’s overwhelming evidence of the president’s incitement,” he said.
Members of Congress witnessed the incitement and its repercussions with their own eyes when a mob stormed the Capitol building soon after a speech from Trump himself, who spent months telling his supporters the 2020 election had been stolen. Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died as a result of the attack. That evidence was enough for most House members to say the president ― already deemed too dangerous for a Twitter account ― should be impeached for a second time.
But Trump’s hold on the...