House votes to impeach President Trump for “incitement of insurrection”
WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, the House voted to impeach President Donald Trump, making him the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.
President Trump faces a single impeachment charge – “incitement of insurrection” – in relation to the riot at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6. Five people died as a result of the incident.
Now, the impeachment resolution will pass onto the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that he will not immediately convene the chamber for an emergency session to vote, but has said that he has not ruled out voting in favor of impeachment.
South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson issued a statement on Wednesday ahead of the Houses impeachment vote, writing, “last Wednesday was a tragic event in our country’s history. Those who turned to violence must be held accountable for their actions, although political leaders deserve some blame, as well. That was true as violence rocked our cities last summer, and it is just as true now. But, a snap impeachment is the wrong approach. There is only one week remaining in the President’s term. It is an act sure to divide our country, and Democratic leaders are making a mistake pursuing it.”
If McConnell does not call an emergency session, an impeachment trial in the Senate would not be able to begin until at least January 19 – a day before the new administrations inauguration.