BREAKING: Donald Trump becomes first president to be impeached twice

The impeachment vote passed by 232 votes to 197.

President Donald Trump has become the only US president to be impeached twice after the House of Representatives passed a resolution charging him with “incitement of insurrection” following events in Washington DC last week.

Mr. Trump is likely to stay in office, as only a Senate vote could remove him and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly indicated he will not recall his colleagues before the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States.

The Senate would have to conduct a trial of President Trump following the House’s impeachment of him tonight.

A total of ten Republicans voted to impeach Mr. Trump tonight, with four members of the House not casting votes.

President Trump has insisted his second impeachment is a continuation of the first, which he described as the “greatest witch hunt in the history of politics.”

During his closing remarks, House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D) praised Republican Liz Cheney for voting to impeach, and said the president had “betrayed” his office in the lead up to the Capitol Hill riots last week.

“The issue is, what do we do, the 433 of us who are here, on behalf of the American people to respond to what Rep. Cheney described happened on the sixth of January. A mob assembled by, summoned by and then spoken to to ‘light the flame’ of the attack, to ‘stop the steal,’ as we sat here exercising our constitutional duty.”

Hoyer said the votes would be “inscribed on the roll of history.”

“Vote for this for America, for our Constitution, for our democracy, for history.”

House Minority Leader Rep. Steve Scalise (R) said the impeachment process would only “divide a nation that is calling out for healing.”

“I’ve seen the dark evil of political violence firsthand and it needs to stop,” Scalise said. “But all of us need to be unequivocal in calling it out every single time we see it, not just when it comes from the other side of the aisle.”

Earlier Vice-President Mike Pence had urged lawmakers not to impeach the president, telling them he had followed the constitution by not blocking the counting of electoral votes last Wednesday, and that the constitutional grounds for impeachment now were spurious.

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