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Unusually hyperaware of his achievements, outgoing US President Donald Trump has attained the ignoble distinction of being the first US President to ever be impeached twice. It was a bipartisan effort, with the 3rd highest ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, Liz Cheney (daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney) leading a pack of ten GOP house members to vote to impeach Mr. Trump. 

Trump is the third president in history to be impeached by the House, and the first to be impeached twice. The first two were Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998. The Senate voted in favor of acquittal in each time.

It isn’t clear Democrats have enough votes to succeed in their latest attempt to impeach the president. The party will hold 50 of the Senate’s 100 seats once Georgia certifies the results of its two Jan. 5 runoff elections, which is expected to happen no later than Jan. 22. At that point, Democrats will need at least 17 Republicans to join them in order to meet the 67-vote threshold the Constitution requires for convicting a president.

As of Wednesday, four Republican senators had said Trump’s actions warranted his removal from office, though none had committed to voting for the specific resolution passed by the House. Those included Mitt Romney (UT), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Pat Toomey (PA), and Ben Sasse (NE).

Complicating the issue is the fact that the Senate will not consider the matter until Trump has left office. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) indicated this week that while he is still making a decision about whether to support the president’s impeachment, he would not call the Senate back to Washington before Jan. 19, just a day before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration as Trump’s successor. That means the Senate will not take the issue up before 1 p.m. on Jan. 20 — just an hour after Biden is scheduled to become president.

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Only president in US history to be impeached twice

Only president in US history to be impeached in his first term

Only president in US history to be impeached with bipartisan support

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1.) It will obviously not be a trial to remove — but it will be crucial to do it to prevent Trump from holding Federal Office again.

2.) A conviction will strip Trump of his protections and his salary.

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Impeachments
Trump - 2
Clinton - 1
Johnson - 1
Obama - 0

Trump has broken his tie with Clinton & Johnson and is now the president with the most impeachments in US history.
Congrats @realDonaldTrump! 🎉

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12 minutes ago, Darth Sidious said:

at least 17 Republicans to join them in order to meet the 67-vote threshold the Constitution requires for convicting a president.

yeah not gonna happen

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6 minutes ago, Simón. said:

yeah not gonna happen

I don’t think it’ll happen either, but I think we’ll be shocked by how many actually vote for it.

 

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29 minutes ago, Gilly said:

what does this do if the senate doesnt come through? 

Dipshit gets to hold the distinction of being the only POTUS to be impeached twice, and he can carry it around and wear it like some twisted badge of honor.

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1 hour ago, Snow said:

11787660-3x2-xlarge.jpg?v=2

Impeachments
Trump - 2
Clinton - 1
Johnson - 1
Obama - 0

Trump has broken his tie with Clinton & Johnson and is now the president with the most impeachments in US history.
Congrats @realDonaldTrump! 🎉

And why did Clinton get impeached? Because of the Monica Lewinsky scandal? Or was it smth else? Because if it was that it's mild comparesd to what we have now lol3

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18 minutes ago, Atlantis Princess said:

And why did Clinton get impeached? Because of the Monica Lewinsky scandal? Or was it smth else? Because if it was that it's mild comparesd to what we have now lol3

He lied about a blowjob.

They impeached him for perjury.

He perjured himself for lying about the blowjob under federal deposition. 

That is legitimately what it was about.

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I don’t remember all 11 articles of impeachment brought against President Johnson, the only one I remember was how he violated a law by removing the Secretary of War, which violated that law.

That one, and this one, are far more serious than the perjury about the blowjob.

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2 minutes ago, LeaHeartBroken said:

He won't be a president ever again?

Legally, unless he is convicted by the Senate, and the ensuing vote bars him from federal office again, he is entitled to run again for President for another four year term, if he wishes. 

That's why this vote is important. I don't think he could win again if he choose to run for another term, but a lot of Democrats don't like the slightest notion of him running again. 

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Trump impeached for 'inciting' US Capitol riot

The US House of Representatives has impeached President Donald Trump for "incitement of insurrection" at last week's Capitol riot.

Ten Republicans sided with Democrats to impeach the president by 232-197.

He is the first president in US history to be impeached twice, or charged with crimes by Congress.

Mr Trump, a Republican, will now face a trial in the Senate, where if convicted he could face being barred from ever holding office again.

But he will not have to quit the White House before his term ends in one week because the Senate will not reconvene in time.

Mr Trump leaves office on 20 January following his election defeat last November to Democrat Joe Biden.

The Democratic-controlled House voted on Wednesday after several hours of impassioned debate as armed National Guard troops kept watch inside and outside the Capitol.

The FBI has warned of possible armed protests planned for Washington DC and all 50 US state capitals ahead of Mr Biden's inauguration next week.

In a video released after the vote in Congress, Mr Trump called on his followers to remain peaceful but he did not refer to the fact that he had been impeached. "Violence and vandalism have no place in our country... No true supporter of mine would ever endorse political violence," he said, striking a sombre and conciliatory tone.

What was Trump charged with?

Impeachment charges are political, not criminal. The president was accused by Congress of inciting the storming of the Capitol with a speech on 6 January to a rally outside the White House.

He urged his supporters to "peacefully and patriotically" make their voices heard, but also to "fight like hell" against an election that he falsely told them had been stolen.

Following Mr Trump's remarks, his supporters broke into the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to suspend certification of election results and take shelter. The building was placed on lockdown and five people died in the melee.

The article of impeachment stated that Mr Trump "repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the presidential election results were fraudulent and should not be accepted".

It says he then repeated these claims and "willfully made statements to the crowd that encouraged and foreseeably resulted in lawless action at the Capitol", leading to the violence and loss of life.

"President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of government, threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of government."

Last week, 139 Republicans voted against accepting the result of the 2020 election and Mr Trump's defeat.

What did lawmakers say during the debate?

Members of Congress made statements for and against the vote in the same chamber where they hid under chairs and donned gas masks as rioters tried to force their way inside last week.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, said on the House floor: "The president of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country.

"He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love."

Democratic congressman Julian Castro called Mr Trump "the most dangerous man to ever occupy the Oval Office".

Most Republicans did not seek to defend Mr Trump's rhetoric, instead arguing that the impeachment had bypassed the customary hearings and calling on Democrats to drop it for the sake of national unity.

"Impeaching the president in such a short time frame would be a mistake," said Kevin McCarthy, the House's top Republican.

"That doesn't mean the president's free from fault. The president bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack on Congress by mob rioters."

Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican, accused Democrats of recklessly dividing the country to pursue a political vendetta.

"This is about getting the president of the United States," said Mr Jordan. "It's always been about getting the president, no matter what. It's an obsession."

Among members of the president's party who voted to impeach him was the third-ranking House Republican Liz Cheney.

The Wyoming representative, who is the daughter of former Vice-President Dick Cheney, said of the Capitol riot that "there has never been a greater betrayal by a president".

 

 

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1 hour ago, Darth Sidious said:

Legally, unless he is convicted by the Senate, and the ensuing vote bars him from federal office again, he is entitled to run again for President for another four year term, if he wishes. 

That's why this vote is important. I don't think he could win again if he choose to run for another term, but a lot of Democrats don't like the slightest notion of him running again. 

I hope he won't run for another 4 years. Imagine his speech in 2024 "I won the election the third time in a row" tay5

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6 minutes ago, LeaHeartBroken said:

I hope he won't run for another 4 years. Imagine his speech in 2024 "I won the election the third time in a row" tay5

I honestly don’t think he will.

There is more money for him to be made by keeping people in suspense. He could grift and fundraise for years on the idea that he might run again. He can pay his children absurd salaries as consultants to his political action committee, and funnel it back into his company. He can also use it to destroy opponents inside of the party itself.

 

He gets all of the money and attention of a run without the responsibility. And even if he did run again, I’m not certain that he can win. What happened last week broke the fever dream for many people, and though the coalition he pieced together in ‘16 and ‘20 are still largely in place, independents, suburban voters and moderate republicans can’t get away from him fast enough.

 

But all of this could be wrong, though I don’t think so.

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