Donald Trump has been impeached again, as the House of Representatives passed articles seeking to ban him from holding any public office in the future. The charges are based on speeches that encourages his whitw supremacist supporters to act seditiously by forcing their way into the Capitol Hill building in Washington D.C.
The ensuing riot resulted in the death of five persons, including a police officer who was hit by a fire extinguisher on the head. Not only did Trump tried to incite the blockades at the Capitol, he also directed their attacks to Vice President Pence. The latter chose to disobey Trump’s orders of not performing his constitutional duties as vice president, tasked to declare the official results of the election. The rioters had in fact prepared a makeshift but working noose, while calling Pence a traitor who must be hanged.
The articles of Trump’s second impeachment saw 10 of the Republican Representatives agreeing with all of House Democrats, resulting in a majority vote of 232 in favor of the impeachment action
The final outcome of the House’s resolution to impeach Donald Trump rests on the Senate, where a trial to hold him criminally liable will be held. Unlike with the first Trump impeachment, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was able to save Trump from being evicted from his position as president. This time however, Senator McConnel who expressed disapproval of Trump’s action of inciting his supporters to storm the Capitol, is all for Trump’s impeachment.
Still, Senator McConnell has not called for the holding of the second impeachment trial; perhaps not wanting to be a central part of a Congressional action that could make him the next target of Trump’s white supremacist supporters. It is likely that the trial will take place after January 21, to be called by Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer who will replace Senator McConnel as new Majority Leader. If so, there is a possibility that Trump’s second impeachment will result to a criminal conviction for treason, which completely bars him from running in the 2024 elections. .