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Washington/Canadian-Media: — The House of Representatives voted to impeach US President Donald Trump for inciting Capitol riot that left five people dead, creating Trump's history as the only US president to be impeached twice, media reports said.
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The final vote was 232 to 197, with 10 Republicans joining all 222 Democrats.
"We know that the president of the United State incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion, against our common country," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said ahead of the vote. "He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love," CBS News reported.
Trump refused to take responsibility for his role in inciting the mob that stormed the Capitol, and insisted on Tuesday that his speech before the riot was "totally appropriate."
Trump's first impeachment was in December 2019 for his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Biden family. His second impeachment comes just one week before President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn into office as his successor.
The impeachment resolution was first introduced on Monday and was brought to a vote by House Democrats with a great speed that reflected the severity of the assault on the Capitol and the limited time remaining in Trump's term.
The article of impeachment will soon proceed to the Senate, where lawmakers must hold a trial on whether to convict Trump and remove him from office. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday he has not made a decision on whether he will vote to convict the president at trial. A vote to convict requires a vote of two-thirds of the Senate.
With just seven days left in Trump's term, there is a likelihood of the Senate trial stretching into the term of his successor Joe Biden. But Trump could still be convicted by the Senate and be barred from holding any federal office in the future.