Washington The House of Representatives voted to accuse President Trump of inciting an uprising at the Capitol that left five people dead, cementing his place in history as the only president to be indicted twice in a two-party reprimand approved so far unseen speed.
The final vote was 232 to 197, with 10 Republicans joining all 222 Democrats in support of a single article on the indictment accusing the president of “inciting rebellion.”
“We know that the President of the United States encouraged this uprising, this armed uprising against our common country,” House President Nancy Pelosi said ahead of the vote. “He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”
Sir. Trump was first charged in December 2019 with his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Biden family. His second indictment comes just a week before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in as his successor. Only two other presidents have been indicted since the founding of the republic.
On January 6, the president spoke to supporters near the White House, urging them to “fight like hell,” as members of Congress were ready to formalize Mr. Biden’s victory. An angry mob subsequently marched toward the Capitol, storming the complex, smashing windows and broken doors to gain access to convention halls. The mob managed to stop the counting of electoral votes for several hours.
House Democrats put the indictment to the vote at an unprecedented rate, reflecting the severity of the attack on the Capitol and the limited time left in Mr. Trump’s term. The resolution was first introduced Monday, when Democrats abandoned the typical process of holding hearings and conducting an investigation.
The indictment will soon go to the Senate, where lawmakers are to hold a lawsuit over whether to convict Mr. Trump and remove him from office. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that he has not made a decision on whether he will vote to convict the president during the trial.
With only seven days left in Mr. Trump’s term, the Senate trial could possibly extend into the term of his successor. If that happens, the Senate could still choose to convict Mr. Trump and prevent him from having a federal office in the future. A vote to judge requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate.
The president has refused to take responsibility for his role in inciting the crowd that stormed the Capitol, and on Tuesday insisted his pre-insurgency speech was “perfectly appropriate.”