Samuel Case, FISM News
The House of Representatives, spearheaded by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, impeached President Donald Trump yesterday, accusing him of inciting the Capitol Hill riot last week, which resulted in the deaths of two Capitol police officers.
We know that the President of the United States incited this insurrection – this armed rebellion – against our American democracy. He must go. pic.twitter.com/pIxOv2hOQv
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 14, 2021
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy disagreed with impeachment , saying it would further divide our nation.
The United States remains exceptional. And right now the eyes of the world are upon us. We must seize this opportunity to heal and grow stronger. https://t.co/UapsQMeTVP
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) January 13, 2021
While McCarthy said he does not believe the President should be impeached, he did say Trump has some moral responsibility for the deadly events at the Capitol.
The final vote was 232 to 197, with 10 Republicans siding with Democrats in favor of impeachment. The vote made Trump the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.
The impeachment now moves on to the Senate for trial, where senators will have to decide if they will attempt to convict a then former president. New evidence is emerging from the FBI that the riot was pre-planned, contradicting claims that Trump incited the attack with his rhetoric at the Save America March. This evidence will make it more difficult for the Senate to prove the President is guilty of the claims of the House.
It also remains a question whether a president can legally be convicted by the Senate after his term ends, although there is precedent of convicting government officials after they have left office.