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President Trump has been impeached twice
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Trump was charged with "incitement of insurrection" after a large crowd of his supporters launched an attack on the Capitol.
The House just made Trump the first president to be impeached twice

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The US House of Representatives has officially impeached President Donald Trump, making him the first president in history to be impeached twice.

On Wednesday, the House voted to approve one article of impeachment on a vote of 232-197, charging the president with "incitement of insurrection" for his role in riling up a large crowd of Trump supporters who launched an attack on the Capitol last week as lawmakers worked to certify the results of the 2020 election.

Unlike Democrats' first impeachment of Trump in 2019, this vote proved to be bipartisan — with 10 House Republicans, including No. 3 ranking House Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, voting with Democrats to impeach Trump. Democrats have been laser-focused on getting Trump out of office as soon as possible; the House voted Tuesday night to urge Vice President Mike Pence to remove Trump using the 25th Amendment.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi intended to give Pence about 24 hours to invoke the 25th Amendment before lawmakers took the step of impeaching Trump, but on Tuesday night, Pence confirmed in a letter that he would not do so. Since Pence didn't budge, the House went ahead with its action.

"We know that the president of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country," Pelosi said during a Tuesday speech on the House floor. "He must go, he is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love."

In contrast to a 2019 impeachment that took many months and went through multiple committee hearings, the speed with which this one took place is notable. The violence that left several people dead — including one Capitol Police officer killed by protesters and another who later died by suicide — has deeply shaken both Congress and the citizens of Washington, DC. And the severity of the attack, and the…
Ella Nilsen, Li Zhou
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