Washington, Jan 13 (EFE) .- The US House of Representatives activated this Wednesday the procedure for a new impeachment against the president, Donald Trump, just seven days after he leaves power in the midst of a tense environment after the assault, just a week ago, of the Capitol in Washington.
With 232 votes in favor – ten of them from Republican congressmen – and 197 against, the Lower House approved the opening of a process against Trump, who became the first president of the country to face two political impeachments.
The vote took place in a Capitol guarded by National Guard troops stationed inside that complex and its surroundings, after Trump supporters broke into a session of both houses last Wednesday called to certify the victory of Democrat Joe Biden as president-elect of the USA
“THE PRESIDENT IS A DANGER TO THE US”
The day had as one of its protagonists the powerful Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, president of the House of Representatives, who in a forceful intervention to open the debate, stressed that Trump “must go” since he is “a clear and present danger” .
“We know that the US president incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country. He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation we all love,” Pelosi said in the plenary session of the House.
Following the historic vote, Pelosi signed the impeachment article against Trump in a brief ceremony, highlighting that, “in a bipartisan manner, the House of Representatives demonstrated that no one is above the law, not even the President of the United States “.
The congresswoman stressed that, once again, they honored the “oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Despite the Republican losses, the majority of this bench opposed the impeachment trial, considering that it only contributes to fan the flames of “division” in the difficult times the country is going through.
NO VERDICT UNTIL AFTER THIS MANDATE
After the vote in the Lower House, the leader of the Republican Senate majority, Mitch McConnell, anticipated that there is no possibility of holding a “fair or serious trial” before Trump leaves office next week, so he called focus on an “orderly transition of power.”
“Given the Senate rules, procedures, and precedents governing impeachment trials, there is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial can conclude before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week,” the senator said in a statement. release.
McConnell clarified that “even if the Senate process began this week and progressed rapidly, a final verdict would not be reached until after President Trump left office” and clarified that “this is not a decision”, “it is a fact” .
The trial – confirmed the veteran senator – will begin in the first ordinary meeting of the Senate, which is in recess until January 19, “after receiving the article from the House of Representatives.”
During the process, the Upper House is directed by the Chief Justice, in this case Justice John G. Roberts, and the senators serve as jury.
TRUMP CONDEMNS VIOLENCE AND DOES NOT SPEAK ABOUT THE TRIAL
After the legislative session, Trump addressed the country through a video posted on Twitter by the White House.
The president, who had previously issued a statement urging that there be “NOTHING of violence”, has had to resort to traditional tools before the suspension of his profiles and accounts in different social networks.
“I want to be very clear. I unequivocally condemn the violence we saw last week. Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country,” Trump stressed in his message.
However, he did not dedicate any word to the political trial in which he is precisely accused of “incitement to insurrection” for the assault on the Capitol, which left five dead.
“Now I ask everyone who has ever believed in our agenda to think of ways to ease tensions, defuse tempers, and help promote peace in our country,” Trump said.
However, he took the opportunity to criticize the “cancellation and censorship efforts”, in an evening allusion to the platforms and social networks that have suspended his accounts and those of some of his radical followers, considering that they served to incite violence at the headquarters of the Legislative.
He also affirmed that he has been warned by the Secret Service of “potential threats” due to demonstrations that have been called for the next few days in Washington and other areas of the country on the occasion of the transfer of command ceremony next Wednesday.
“We are bringing in thousands of National Guard members to secure the city and ensure that the transition can occur safely and without incident,” Trump anticipated, calling on Americans to “overcome the passions of the moment and come together as a only town “.
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