History is written in the United States after outgoing President Donald Trump became the first President of the country to get impeached for the second time as the sequel of sowing a greatest political divide and inciting fellow Americans to invade and siege the towering monument that preserves to be the iconic symbol of the American democracy.
With the worst record of two impeachments, Trump has been pushed to witness the awful last days of his presidency. The US House of Representatives had impeached the outgoing president by 232 to 197 votes for inciting insurrection at Capitol Hill. This time, Trump witnessed some of the senior Republican lawmakers, who backed him in the last four years, flipping their support for impeaching him as ten Republican Congressmen voted in favor of the article of impeachment by castigating Trump for not taking responsibility for the riots at the Capitol Hill.
On Wednesday, the House tabled the article of impeachment charging the President with the count of incitement of insurrection for his actions on January 6, when he delivered a speech inciting his supporters to invade the US Capitol to siege both the chambers to block them from officially certifying Joe Biden as the next President. The riots had put the congressmen including Vice President Mike Pence under threat and the unprecedented invasion had put Capitol Hill under mayhem and lockdown.
The riots that happened last week had disturbed many Americans and world leaders which triggered the nationwide call to remove Trump from office. Some of the staunch supporters of Trump had gone to discuss about invoking the 25th Amendment of the US Constitution to remove Trump from office for inciting his supporters to storm Capitol Hill. The lawmakers urged Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the amendment, but he had declined to take the baton of impeachment against his boss when he has been in his last days of the presidency.
However, Democrats had decided to introduce the article of impeachment to remove Trump before the end of his presidency, and on Wednesday, Democrats-controlled US House of Representatives introduced the article of impeachment to remove Trump for his actions of inciting the insurrection. During the voting of impeachment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "We know that 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. Since the presidential election in November, an election the President lost he has repeatedly held about lied about the outcome, sowed self-serving doubt about democracy, and unconstitutionally sought to influence state officials to repeal reality. And then, came that day of fire we all experienced", Pelosi added. She further said, "I believe, the President must be convicted by the Senate, a constitutional remedy that will ensure that the republic will be safe from this man who is so resolutely determined to tear down the things that we hold clear and that hold us together".
When the article tabled for voting, 232 Representatives had voted in favor of impeaching Trump while 197 voted against it. These 232 votes include ten votes from the Republican lawmakers, who broke the party lines and voted to remove Trump from office. Following the majority of votes, the House has passed and adopted the article of impeachment to remove Trump and through the adoption, Trump has become the only president in US history to get impeached twice.
The Indian-American Samosa caucus, which includes Indian-American lawmakers, had voted to remove Trump as four House members Ami Bera, Ro Khanna, Raja Krishnamoorthi, and Pramila Jayapal had voted in favor of the impeachment. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the actions of the President of the United States demanded urgent and clear action by the Congress. According to reports, the impeachment now moves to the Senate, which will conduct a trial and voting to remove the President from office.
The Senate is adjourned till January 19, a day before the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell is yet to announce the dates for the trial and in a statement, he said a trial is unlikely before Biden becomes the President of the United States. The reports say that the final days of Trump's presidency had caught global attention as the world has been witnessing how his presidency is getting unfolded towards making the worst history.
It must be noted that Donald Trump was impeached by the House for the first time in 2019 on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Though the House has adopted the impeachment, the Republican-controlled Senate had acquitted him and powered him to stay in power that had now led to attack and siege the symbol of US Democracy.