The House on Wednesday impeached President Donald Trump for a second time, a primary in American history, charging him with “incitement of insurrection” one week after he egged on a mob of supporters that stormed the Capitol while Congress met to formalize President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
Democrats moved swiftly to impeach Trump after the assault, which unfolded after he told supporters at a rally near the National Mall to advance the Capitol in an attempt to urge Republicans to overturn his defeat. a minimum of five people, including a Capitol policeman , died during the siege and within the immediate aftermath.
The process is happening with extraordinary speed and can test the bounds of the impeachment process, raising questions never contemplated before. Here’s what we all know .
Impeachment is one among the Constitution’s gravest penalties.
Impeachment is one among the weightiest tools the Constitution gives Congress to carry officialdom , including the president, in charge of misconduct and abuse of power.
Members of the House consider whether to impeach the president — the equivalent of an indictment during a criminal case — and members of the Senate consider whether to get rid of him, holding an attempt during which senators act because the jury. The test, as set by the Constitution, is whether or not the president has committed “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
The House vote requires only an easy majority of lawmakers to agree that the president has, in fact, committed high crimes and misdemeanors; the Senate vote requires a two-thirds majority.
The article, drafted by Reps. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Ted Lieu of California, Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Jerrold Nadler of latest York, charges Trump with “incitement of insurrection,” saying he’s guilty of “inciting violence against the govt of the us .”
The article cites Trump’s weekslong campaign to falsely discredit the results of the November election, and it quotes directly from the speech he gave on the day of the siege during which he told his supporters to travel to the Capitol. “If you don’t fight like mad ,” he said, “you’re not getting to have a rustic anymore.”