The United States House of Representatives has officially voted to impeach President Trump for the second time, 232 to 197.
The move makes him the first and only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.
He was accused of inciting an insurrection on the day his supporters invaded the US Capitol.
Ten Republicans — members of Trump’s party — voted to impeach him from office. The votes were in sharp contrast to the unanimous support for Trump among House Republicans when he was impeached by Democrats in December 2019.
One of the Republicans, Liz Cheney, described the American president’s role in the Capitol riot as a great “betrayal”.
“There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” said Cheney, whose father, Dick Cheney, served as vice president under George W. Bush.
Other House Republicans who supported impeachment are: Reps. John Katko of New York; Adam Kinzinger of Illinois; Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio; Fred Upton and Peter Meijer of Michigan; Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse of Washington state; Tom Rice of South Carolina; and David Valadao of California.
Trump’s fate is now up the Republican-controlled Senate, which acquitted him last year without hearing witnesses in a trial.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday he has not made a final decision on how he will vote in a Senate trial.
In a statement after the impeachment, McConnell made it clear that the trial would not hold before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20.
He noted that “it is a fact” that the senate cannot give a final verdict on the impeachment process within the next one week.
“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,” the senate leader said.
“The Senate has held three presidential impeachment trials. They have lasted 83 days, 37 days, and 21 days respectively.
“Even if the Senate process were to begin this week and move promptly, no final verdict would be reached until after President Trump had left office. This is not a decision I am making; it is a fact.”
This means that Trump will not be removed from office and the trial will hold during the Biden presidency.