Donald Trump has become the first President in US history to be impeached twice after House of Representatives secured enough votes to charge him with “incitement to insurrection”.
On Wednesday, the House voted 232 to 197 in favour of impeaching Trump after riots which caused the death of five people. The vote had 10 Republicans break ranks to join the Democrats and vote in favour of charging the President.
The historic move comes less than a year after the Senate acquitted him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress during his first impeachment.
The President has been charged with inciting an insurrection after the deadly unrest at the US Capitol building on January 6.
The Senate will now hold a trial to determine whether or not Trump was guilty of inciting the riots, having given a speech to his supporters prior to the insurrection attempt, needing a two-thirds majority to remove him from office before January 20.
Democratic speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, stated ahead of the vote: “The President of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion, against our common country.
“He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”
Meanwhile, the House’s top Republican, Kevin McCarthy, said that Mr Trump “bears responsibility” for the “attack on Congress by mob rioters” last week.
He added: “He should have immediately denounced the[m] when he saw what was unfolding.”