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OnPolitics: Trump's 'Twinpeachment'

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 1/13/2021 Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY
a person holding a sign: President Donald Trump is impeached for a second time. © Alex Connor President Donald Trump is impeached for a second time.

It's another historic hump day in 2021.

After the riots at the U.S. Capitol exactly one week ago, House Democrats wasted no time in impeaching President Donald Trump. The vote to impeach Trump was 232 to 197. Trump makes history for being the first president to be impeached for a second time.

And in one more week, Trump will no longer be president. What a legacy. 

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Here are the quick and dirty facts

The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to impeach Trump for the second time, a move that drew support from 10 Republicans who agreed that Trump incited violence at the Capitol last week.

The article of impeachment charges the president with "incitement of insurrection" for "spreading false statements" about the election and challenging the Electoral College results. Trump will leave power as the first president in the nation’s 245-year history to be impeached twice.

Now what? 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will decide when to transmit the article to the Senate, which must either dismiss the charge or hold a trial. At least 67 of the 100 senators are needed for conviction which would require Trump’s removal from office.

But don't hold your breath on a speedy Senate trial. It likely won’t start until after Trump leaves office. The Senate is currently on a recess break and is set to reconvene Tuesday – one day before Joe Biden’s inauguration. 

Uh, isn't there a new president? 

The impeachment trial will add a gargantuan dose of uncertainty to President-elect Joe Biden's first days in office as leaders of both political parties began to game out how – and when – to hold a Senate trial.

Now back to the latest news on the Capitol riot

Yes, there's still an inauguration happening next week

  • The Justice Department will have "no tolerance whatsoever" for any attempts to disrupt the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden next week 
  • The Department of Homeland Security implemented a security lockdown in downtown Washington, D.C.

The week is halfway done. Hang in there.  — Mabinty 

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