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Reckoning for riot: House votes to impeach Trump, again

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President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time, charged with "incitement of insurrection" in relation to the Jan. 6 mob attack on the Capitol. The House voted 232-197, with 10 Republicans joining the Democrats.
President Donald Trump was impeached by the United States House of Representatives for a historic second time Wednesday, charged with "incitement of insurrection" over the deadly mob siege of the Capitol in a swift and stunning collapse of his final days in office.

With the Capitol secured by armed National Guard troops inside and out, the House voted 232-197 to impeach Mr. Trump. The proceedings moved at lightning speed, with lawmakers voting just one week after violent pro-Trump loyalists stormed the building, urged on by the president's calls for them to "fight like hell" against the election results.

Ten Republicans fled Mr. Trump, joining Democrats who said he needed to be held accountable and warned ominously of a "clear and present danger" if Congress should leave him unchecked before Democrat Joe Biden's inauguration Jan. 20.

Mr. Trump is the only U.S. president to be twice impeached.

After a vote of impeachment by the House, a trial is held in the Senate. A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Mr. McConnell had informed Democrats that he would block their effort to quickly call the chamber back into emergency session to put Mr. Trump on trial. Mr. McConnell's move means the Senate trial was all but certain to be delayed until after Joe Biden's inauguration as president on Jan. 20.

Mr. McConnell has not ruled out potentially voting to convict Mr. Trump.

The Capitol insurrection stunned and angered lawmakers, who were sent scrambling for safety as the mob descended, and it revealed the fragility of the nation's history of peaceful transfers of power. The riot also forced a reckoning among some Republicans, who have stood by Mr. Trump throughout his presidency and largely allowed him to spread false attacks against the integrity of the 2020 election.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invoked Abraham Lincoln and the Bible, imploring lawmakers to uphold their oath to defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign "and…
Lisa Mascaro, Mary Clare Jalonick, Jonathan Lemire, and Alan Fram
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