The U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach U.S. President Donald Trump, writes Bloomberg. Congressmen approved the charges against Trump for sedition.
The issue was adopted by a majority vote of the Democratic Party (222), in addition, ten Republicans voted “for”. In total, Trump’s impeachment was supported by 232 members of the House, 197 congressmen, all of whom represent Republicans, spoke against it.
Trump’s impeachment must now be considered by the Senate, which is on recess until January 19. The powers of the current U.S. president expire on Jan. 20.
Trump on January 12, as Bloomberg wrote, “rejected any responsibility” for the events of January 6, and called impeachment a “witch hunt.” On the evening of January 13, during a meeting of the House of Representatives, Fox News released Trump’s statement, in which he called on “all Americans to calm down.
In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there be no violence, no lawbreaking and no vandalism. This is not what I stand for, this is not what America stands for,” Trump was quoted by the network’s website as saying.
This is the second attempt to impeach Donald Trump. The first was impeached by the House of Representatives in December 2019.
Trump was found guilty of abuse of power, as well as obstruction of justice due to his refusal to cooperate with the investigation. The votes were divided according to party affiliation: all Democrats voted for impeachment, almost all Republicans voted against it. The Senate, where Republicans had a majority, did not support Trump’s impeachment.
The reason for impeachment was Trump’s conversation with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, during which the American leader urged a reopening of the investigation against the Ukrainian company Burisma, whose board of directors included Joe Biden’s son Hunter. Trump’s opponents saw this as an attempt to use the president’s power for personal gain.