Donald Trump: Hoey says Nancy Pelosi has shown a ‘nasty streak’
Donald Trump has made history for all the wrong reasons as he has become the only ever President to be impeached twice. Mr Trump has been impeached on charges of “incitement of insurrection” after a mob of his violent supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington DC on January 6.
The attack, which left five people dead including two law enforcement officers, took place after Mr Trump delivered an inflammatory speech to a crowd of supporters and then refused to quell the violence, telling the rioters “we love you.”
As a result, 10 Republicans broke ranks and joined 222 Democrats in the vote to impeach the president.
This is not Mr Trump’s first impeachment rodeo, however.
In 2019, a whistleblower alleged Mr Trump had abused the powers of the presidency, accusing the President of pressuring the Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
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The whistleblower also alleged he wanted Mr Zelensky to investigate a conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 election.
However, charges against him only reached the House of Representatives and did not manage to get to the Senate, meaning the president got off from the charges against him.
Mr Trump is due to leave the White House on the expected date of January 20, as it is unlikely he will be removed from office before then.
He has already confirmed he will not be attending the inauguration of Joe Biden, due to take place on the same day.
Could Trump block his impeachment trial?
Trump could sue to block the trial, claiming it violates the constitution.
That would delay or potentially quash the effort.
Mr Trump tried several times to block parts of the last impeachment trial against him, including several key witnesses, so it would not be unlike the President to make any attempt to preserve himself.
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What does impeachment do?
The US Government website describes impeachment as “a constitutional remedy addressed to serious offenses against the system of government.
“It is the first step in a remedial process— that of removal from public office and possible disqualification from holding further office.
“The purpose of impeachment is not personal punishment; rather, its function is primarily to maintain constitutional government.”
President Nixon resigned before he could be formally removed from office as it was clear he would not survive the impeachment trial – but Mr Trump’s own trial is almost certainly going to take place once he is booted out of the White House at the end of his term.
The Democrat-controlled House is expected to send the approved article of impeachment to the Senate soon.
Once there, it will become the chamber’s top priority as Joe Biden becomes president.
However, the Senate is currently in recess until January 19, the day before Mr Trump will formally leave office, meaning the chances of Mr Trump being removed from office early are practically none.
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