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Trump Impeachment: Several Republicans To Join Democrats In House Vote

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Several members of the Republican party say they will vote to impeach President Donald Trump over his role in last week’s deadly storming of Congress.

The third most senior Republican in the House of Representatives, Liz Cheney, said Mr. Trump “lit the flame” of the attack.

A vote in the Democratic-controlled House is expected on Wednesday.

In his first public appearance since the riot, the president took no responsibility for the violence.

Democrats accuse Mr. Trump of inciting his supporters to storm the Capitol building at a speech before the riot and are expected to push for a vote to impeach – which means formally charge – the president with inciting insurrection.

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Will Trump be impeached?

As Democrats hold a majority in the House, Mr. Trump is likely to become the first US president ever to be impeached twice. He became the third president to be impeached in December 2019 over charges of breaking the law by asking Ukraine to investigate Mr. Biden in the election. The Senate cleared him at a trial.

If Mr. Trump is impeached on Wednesday, the Senate will hold a trial to determine his guilt. A two-thirds majority would be needed to convict Mr. Trump, meaning at least 17 Republicans would have to vote for conviction.

As many as 20 Senate Republicans were open to convict the president, the New York Times reported. The timeline of when a trial could be held is not known but it is unlikely the trial could be finished before Mr. Trump leaves office, on 20 January.

The Senate could also use an impeachment trial to hold a vote blocking Mr. Trump, who has indicated he plans to campaign in 2024, from ever running for office again.

Courtesy. BBC

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