The American House of Representatives on Wednesday approved the opening of impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, by 232 votes out of a minimum of 217. Donald Trump becomes the first president in history to be translated twice on trial in Congress.
“No one is above the law, not even Donald Trump”, assured Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic President of the House of Representatives, before signing, shortly after 6 p.m. in Washington DC – midnight in Switzerland – “with sadness” , the voted document.
The votes necessary for the indictment of Donald Trump, for having “incited an insurgency” against the Capitol, were obtained Wednesday evening, shortly before 4:30 p.m. local time.
At least 217 were needed: the Democrats gave 222 votes for and the Republicans 10,. Five elected officials did not speak out and 197 voted against. A truly bipartisan decision (read box) and history.
This is a second impeachment – this had never happened in the history of the American presidency – a week before the end of Donald Trump’s mandate. Four years which ended in confusion and a climate of extreme tension.
“An obvious and immediate danger”
Donald Trump is “an obvious and immediate danger” for the United States and “he must leave”, said earlier in the day the leader of the Democrats in Congress Nancy Pelosi, at the opening on a new indictment of the outgoing president.
Nancy Pelosi arrives at the House of Representatives for the vote to launch Donald Trump’s impeachment procedure. Washington, January 13, 2021. [J. Scott Applewhite – Keystone/AP photo]“The President of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion”, explained “Madam Speaker” in reference to the assault on the Capitol on Wednesday January 6th.
The impeachment process for Donald Trump was launched in the early afternoon in Washington DC.
Those elected took turns debating why the outgoing president should or should not be removed for “incitement to insurgency”. The article in question is titled: “ United States, for serious crimes and misdemeanors “.“, which translates to” Remove Donald Trump, President of the
A trial in the Senate
Even if the end of his mandate is very close, on January 20, the Democrats are determined to precipitate the exit of the 45th president, 74, after events which left five dead and shook the whole nation.
However, Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, says that it is impossible to try Donald Trump before he leaves the White House: “There is simply no chance that you can conclude his trial in a serious way and fair before the swearing-in of the president-elect, “Joe Biden, Wednesday, January 20, he said in a statement.
It is now, under the Constitution, the Senate to judge the president. It is at the end of this procedure that his dismissal will or will not be recorded.
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Stéphanie Jaquet and the agencies