The Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives on Wednesday opened debate on a historic second impeachment of President Donald Trump over his supporters’ attack of the Capitol that left five dead. Members of Trump’s Republican party earlier had said that they will join Democrats to impeach him on Wednesday, formally charging the president with inciting insurrection. Also Read - Joe Biden Announces USD 1.9 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Plan to Revive US Economy
President Trump has rejected any responsibility for the violence. The riot last Wednesday happened after Trump told supporters at a rally in Washington DC to “fight like hell” against the result of November’s election. Also Read - Trump Admin Blacklists Xiaomi, 8 Other Firms With Chinese Military Ties
Impeachment is when a sitting president is charged with crimes. In this case, President Trump is accused of inciting insurrection by encouraging his supporters to storm the Capitol. Also Read - 'I do Not Celebrate or Feel Pride...': This is What Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Has to Say on Banning Trump
It is important to note that the with democrats hold a majority in the House, the vote is likely to pass. The case will then head for the Senate, where a trial will be held to determine the president’s guilt.
A two-thirds majority would be needed there to convict Trump, meaning at least 17 Republicans would have to vote for conviction. As many as 20 Senate Republicans are open to convicting the president, the New York Times reports.