United States: second historic “impeachment” for Trump

C’is historic. US President Donald Trump was indicted in Congress on Wednesday, January 13, a second historic “impeachment” a week before the end of his mandate, which ends in confusion and in a climate of extreme tension. The Democrat-dominated House of Representatives voted in favor of impeachment by 232 votes to 197.

The 74-year-old Republican billionaire, who will give way to Joe Biden on January 20, is accused of encouraging his supporters’ assault on Capitol Hill that killed five and shook American democracy. “He must leave, he is an obvious and immediate danger against the nation that we all love,” said Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House, solemnly accusing him of having “incited this insurrection, this rebellion. army ”. A few days before his departure for Mar-a-Lago, Florida, where he should begin his new life as a former president, Donald Trump appears extremely isolated.

No excuse for President Trump’s actions

Contrary to the act of impeachment in the Ukraine case over a year ago, several Republicans – 10 in all – voted in favor of committing to trial. Among them, Dan Newhouse insisted that there was “no excuse for the actions of President Trump”. This vote marks the formal opening of the impeachment procedure against Donald Trump, and it is now up to the Senate to judge him. But this trial raises many questions and opens a new chapter in American history. It won’t open until Jan. 19, or even more likely after Joe Biden’s inauguration, risking hampering legislative action by Democrats early in their presidency, by monopolizing sessions.

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Trump increases calls for calm

A few hours before the vote, and in a city of Washington under high tension, Donald Trump had launched a new late call for calm. “NO violence, NO crimes, NO vandalism,” he urged in a statement as new protests are announced for the weekend. “I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions,” added the one who has been deprived in recent days of most of his favorite communication channels on social networks. The federal capital, placed under very high security, was unrecognizable.

Later that evening, on the official White House Twitter account, Donald Trump supported his call for calm in a 5-minute video in which the impeachment procedure is never mentioned. “None of my real supporters could be in favor of political violence,” he said in a video message in which he never mentions his indictment by Congress for encouraging the assault on his sympathizers against the Capitol.

Striking images: dozens of military reservists spent the night inside Congress, still sleeping on the floor even as elected officials poured in. Concrete blocks have been placed to block the main axes of the city center, huge metal gates surround many federal buildings, including the White House. The National Guard is everywhere. Throughout the day, the debates were lively. The elected Democrat Ilhan Omar called Donald Trump a “tyrant”. “We just can’t turn the page and do nothing,” she said.

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20,000 troops deployed for Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony

Despite his displayed confidence and the support of some very loyal elected officials, Donald Trump is more alone than ever after a series of resignations from his government and scathing criticism. Criticized for having delayed, last Wednesday, to send the National Guard, the Pentagon this time authorized the deployment of 20,000 soldiers for the inauguration ceremony scheduled for January 20 precisely on the steps of the Capitol, seat of Congress.

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Originally mobilized to provide logistical support to the police, its members began carrying arms late Tuesday. Proof of the tension that reigns in the American federal capital, the Airbnb site announced the cancellation and the blocking of reservations on its platform in Washington during the week of the inauguration of the future American president.

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