The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to declare impeachment against President Donald Trump by 232 votes to 197.
At about 6:07 pm US East Coast time, House Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed a resolution that was voted on by the lower house of Congress.
Ten Republican congressmen were on the side of the Democrats. Thus, Trump, exactly one week before the end of his presidential term, became the only head of state in US history to be impeached twice.
Among those Republicans who decided to follow their principles even to the detriment of party interests, some of the last to join the Democrats were Anthony Gonzales, Tom Rice, Peter Meyer and Fred Upton. Not a single Democrat in the House of Representatives has spoken out against impeachment.
Now, according to Congressional minutes, the articles of impeachment – more precisely, one article: “incitement of insurrection” – must be referred to the Senate, which must then consider and approve – or reject – the indictment.
Still, most analysts find it unlikely that today’s impeachment announcement will lead to Trump’s resignation before his presidential term expires. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office said the Senate will not be able to begin considering the clause of impeachment until Tuesday, January 19 next week, the last day of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Despite this, the Democrats in Congress made it clear that bringing the head of the White House to justice, at least de jure, is a matter of principle for them.
“We know that the president has called for a rebellion, for an armed uprising against our common country,” said Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi earlier. – He must go. It poses a clear and immediate threat to the country we all love. ”
Pelosi added that Trump is waging a “war on democracy” and that the “rebels” and “domestic terrorists” who stormed the Capitol were “sent by the president.”
The following are comments from other legislators during voting day.
House Procedural Committee Chairman Jim McGovern, Democrat, Massachusetts:
“We are discussing this historic measure right at the scene of the crime, and this discussion would not have been if it were not for the President of the United States. It was a well-organized attack on our country, provoked by Donald Trump … The Capitol was stormed. People died because of the big lies that this president and too many people on the other side of the hall (Republicans) told … The president instigated an attempted coup in this country. People died. Everyone should be outraged. If this is not a crime leading to impeachment, then I do not know what can be considered such a crime. ”
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Democrat, Maryland:
“Actions have consequences, and the actions of the US President require immediate and clear action by Congress.”
South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham, Republican (written statement):
“Supporting the impeachment of President Trump in these circumstances would do a lot of damage to state institutions and could cause further violence, while the President is calling for calm. The moment has come when American political leaders should kneel down and ask God for advice and guidance. During a crisis, the most important thing is for leaders to make the situation better, not worse. ”
Representative from Texas Sheila Jackson Lee, Democrat:
“The President of the United States is a rebel. He led a rebellion against the United States of America. ”
Representative from Texas Lloyd Doggett, Democrat:
“America, we still stopped the theft. We stopped Donald Trump from stealing our democracy and becoming a tyrant. ”
South Carolina House of Representatives Nancy Mays, Republican:
“The US House of Representatives has every right to impeach the President of the United States. But what we are doing today, hastily carrying out this impeachment in an hour or two hours of debate and bypassing the Legal Committee, raises big questions about the constitutionality of this process. ”
President of the Black Caucus of Congress Karen Bass (at the Caucus Hearing on the Attack on the Capitol and White Supremacy):
“Let’s be clear: this was an act of domestic terrorism perpetrated by a riotous white supremacist crowd who were armed and equipped and, in many cases, trained in police and military techniques. They came to get the election results reversed, in which their candidate, Trump, lost … The Black Caucus will act as impeachment managers. We will support the removal and impeachment of Donald Trump. ”
Florida Rep. Val Damings, Democrat:
“We will impeach the US president twice, for the first time in history. The point is to bring the president to justice. ”
Colorado House of Representatives Jason Crowe, Democrat:
“He will be impeached twice because he should be impeached twice.”