Donald Trump has been impeached for “inciting” the deadly riot at the US Capitol
Ten rebel Republicans voted with Democrats after a day of debate in the House of Representatives
It makes Trump the first president ever to be impeached twice
He now faces a trial in the Senate, which will take place after he leaves office
He was accused of rousing his followers to storm the Capitol last week, leaving five dead
In a sometimes stormy day of debate, some Republicans argued impeachment would further divide the nation
Top Democrat Nancy Pelosi had said “He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation”
Can an impeached president run for re-election?
Yes, they can. Impeachment alone is not enough to bar a president from seeking office again.
But there’s an exception.
If Donald Trump is impeached in the House, then convicted in a Senate trial, senators could then hold an additional vote on whether to explicitly bar him from running again.
This vote would require just a simple majority in the chamber.
What just happened?
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has officially confirmed Donald Trump’s second impeachment.
Congress voted 232 to 197 on the sole article of impeachment, which charged Trump with “incitement of an insurrection” after last week’s riots at the US Capitol. Ten Republicans broke ranks and voted to impeach.
This vote marks an important change from the president’s first impeachment. In 2020, not a single House Republican voted for Trump’s impeachment.