USA-Trump Impeachment

US House votes to impeach Trump, making him 1st US president impeached twice

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1. Photo of U.S. President Donald Trump

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2. Various of U.S. Capitol building
3. U.S. national flag

FILE: Washington D.C., USA - March 13, 2020 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
4. Trump walking to podium for announcement of national emergency

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5. Various of supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump marching
6. Various of people climbing high wall outside Capitol, holding flags, shouting
7. Various of Trump's supporters
8. Various of Trump's supporters gathering in front of Capitol

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9. Ambulance
10. Various of ambulance in front of hospital
11. Temporary tents for emergency screening

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12. Medics putting on personal protective equipment
13. Various of COVID-19 patient lying in bed

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14. Various of pedestrians

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15. Various of travelers at airport
16. Worker disinfecting corner

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A majority of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted for impeaching President Donald Trump over "incitement of insurrection," making him the first president to be impeached twice.

While the number of Democrats sponsoring the impeachment article indicated there had already been enough votes to impeach the president in the days leading up to the floor vote, 10 Republicans cast the "yea" vote.

That is a stark contrast to the last time the House voted to impeach Trump in December 2019, when no Republican representatives crossed the party line. The final vote on Wednesday was 232 in favor and 197 against.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States topped 23 million on Wednesday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

U.S. COVID-19 case count rose to 23,029,450, with a total of 383,939 deaths, as of 5:22 p.m. local time (2222 GMT), according to the CSSE tally.

However, the endless partisan fighting that followed the presidential election has laid bare the rifts in the U.S. society.

With Trump being impeached and Democrats not only demanding his conviction and removal in the Senate trial, but also asking for his "disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States," all eyes have turned to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who will decide when to hold the Senate trial that will determine the president's fate.

Kicking off the debate over the article of impeachment earlier in the day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cited the Capitol riot by Trump loyalists last week and said the president "incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country." "He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love," she added.

For those Republicans who opposed impeaching Trump, few of them defended the president on the ground of what he did prior to the Capitol intrusion. They argued instead that the Democrats were rushing to remove the president without due process and at a time when Trump will hand over the presidency to President-elect Joe Biden in merely a week. They accused the Democrats of further dividing the country.

"They're rushing to judgment in my opinion and bringing up impeachment after failing to follow any meaningful process whatsoever," said Tom Cole, ranking member of the House Rules Committee, during the debate. "No hearings have been held. No witnesses heard, no process or opportunity to respond was provided to the president."

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy acknowledged that Trump "bears responsibility for (last) Wednesday's attack on Congress by mob rioters," but stressed that "impeaching the president in such a short timeframe would be a mistake." He called for national unity, saying "we must seize this opportunity to heal and grow stronger."

The impeachment resolution cited Trump's speech to supporters on Jan. 6 that was followed by some of the crowd breaching the Capitol building to interrupt Congress's certification of the 2020 election results as his "incitement of insurrection."

On top of that, the president's repeated claims of voter fraud in the election, as well as his Jan. 2 phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to press him to "find enough votes" to overturn the state's presidential election results, were also mentioned in the resolution as proof that Trump "gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government," that he "threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government."

McConnell, who on Wednesday tried to cool down the heat of previous media reports saying he was pleased with the impeachment and believed it to be a good option to purge Trump from the Republican Party, issued a formal statement rejecting an early trial in the Senate, which is now in recess.

"The House of Representatives has voted to impeach the President. The Senate process will now begin at our first regular meeting following receipt of the article from the House," read the statement. "Given the rules, procedures, and Senate precedents that govern presidential impeachment trials, there is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial could conclude before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week."

On the part of the Democratic Party, Pelosi didn't respond directly to questions about her plan for transmitting the article of impeachment to the Senate, as some Democrats floated the idea of delaying the process until after 100 days into the Biden presidency so that some of the incoming president's cabinet nominees could be confirmed timely by the upper chamber.

Trump was impeached by the House in December 2019, with two articles of impeachment charging him with "abuse of power," and "obstruction of Congress" over his dealings with Ukraine. He was acquitted by the Senate, in which the number of senators supporting his conviction failed to reach the required two-thirds majority.

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USA-Trump Impeachment

US House votes to impeach Trump, making him 1st US president impeached twice

Dateline : Jan 13, 2021/Recent/File

Location : United States

Duration : 2'27

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FILE: Beijing, China - May 4, 2018 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Photo of U.S. President Donald Trump

FILE: Washington D.C., USA - Date Unknown (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
2. Various of U.S. Capitol building
3. U.S. national flag

FILE: Washington D.C., USA - March 13, 2020 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
4. Trump walking to podium for announcement of national emergency

Washington D.C., USA - Jan 6, 2021 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
5. Various of supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump marching
6. Various of people climbing high wall outside Capitol, holding flags, shouting
7. Various of Trump's supporters
8. Various of Trump's supporters gathering in front of Capitol

FILE: Los Angeles, California, USA - Dec 2020 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
9. Ambulance
10. Various of ambulance in front of hospital
11. Temporary tents for emergency screening

FILE: Chicago, Illinois, USA - Nov 18, 2020 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
12. Medics putting on personal protective equipment
13. Various of COVID-19 patient lying in bed

FILE: New York City, USA - Dec 2020 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
14. Various of pedestrians

Washington D.C., USA - Dec 2020 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
15. Various of travelers at airport
16. Worker disinfecting corner


A majority of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted for impeaching President Donald Trump over "incitement of insurrection," making him the first president to be impeached twice.

While the number of Democrats sponsoring the impeachment article indicated there had already been enough votes to impeach the president in the days leading up to the floor vote, 10 Republicans cast the "yea" vote.

That is a stark contrast to the last time the House voted to impeach Trump in December 2019, when no Republican representatives crossed the party line. The final vote on Wednesday was 232 in favor and 197 against.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States topped 23 million on Wednesday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

U.S. COVID-19 case count rose to 23,029,450, with a total of 383,939 deaths, as of 5:22 p.m. local time (2222 GMT), according to the CSSE tally.

However, the endless partisan fighting that followed the presidential election has laid bare the rifts in the U.S. society.

With Trump being impeached and Democrats not only demanding his conviction and removal in the Senate trial, but also asking for his "disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States," all eyes have turned to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who will decide when to hold the Senate trial that will determine the president's fate.

Kicking off the debate over the article of impeachment earlier in the day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cited the Capitol riot by Trump loyalists last week and said the president "incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country." "He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love," she added.

For those Republicans who opposed impeaching Trump, few of them defended the president on the ground of what he did prior to the Capitol intrusion. They argued instead that the Democrats were rushing to remove the president without due process and at a time when Trump will hand over the presidency to President-elect Joe Biden in merely a week. They accused the Democrats of further dividing the country.

"They're rushing to judgment in my opinion and bringing up impeachment after failing to follow any meaningful process whatsoever," said Tom Cole, ranking member of the House Rules Committee, during the debate. "No hearings have been held. No witnesses heard, no process or opportunity to respond was provided to the president."

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy acknowledged that Trump "bears responsibility for (last) Wednesday's attack on Congress by mob rioters," but stressed that "impeaching the president in such a short timeframe would be a mistake." He called for national unity, saying "we must seize this opportunity to heal and grow stronger."

The impeachment resolution cited Trump's speech to supporters on Jan. 6 that was followed by some of the crowd breaching the Capitol building to interrupt Congress's certification of the 2020 election results as his "incitement of insurrection."

On top of that, the president's repeated claims of voter fraud in the election, as well as his Jan. 2 phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to press him to "find enough votes" to overturn the state's presidential election results, were also mentioned in the resolution as proof that Trump "gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government," that he "threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government."

McConnell, who on Wednesday tried to cool down the heat of previous media reports saying he was pleased with the impeachment and believed it to be a good option to purge Trump from the Republican Party, issued a formal statement rejecting an early trial in the Senate, which is now in recess.

"The House of Representatives has voted to impeach the President. The Senate process will now begin at our first regular meeting following receipt of the article from the House," read the statement. "Given the rules, procedures, and Senate precedents that govern presidential impeachment trials, there is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial could conclude before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week."

On the part of the Democratic Party, Pelosi didn't respond directly to questions about her plan for transmitting the article of impeachment to the Senate, as some Democrats floated the idea of delaying the process until after 100 days into the Biden presidency so that some of the incoming president's cabinet nominees could be confirmed timely by the upper chamber.

Trump was impeached by the House in December 2019, with two articles of impeachment charging him with "abuse of power," and "obstruction of Congress" over his dealings with Ukraine. He was acquitted by the Senate, in which the number of senators supporting his conviction failed to reach the required two-thirds majority.

ID : 8173531

Published : 2021-01-14 10:15

Last Modified : 2021-01-14 22:08:45

Source : China Central Television (CCTV),China Global Television Network (CGTN)

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