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With some bipartisan support, Trump impeached for the second time

On Jan. 6, Donald Trump incited a deadly insurrectionist riot. Seven days later, the House voted to hold him accountable - by impeaching him.
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The Capitol on Dec. 11, 2020, in Washington.Stefani Reynolds / Getty Images

Seven days ago, Donald Trump added a coda to a lengthy misinformation campaign, featuring months of lies about the nation's system of elections and his own electoral defeat. He did so with an indefensible speech to a group of enraged followers, who'd descended on the nation's capital at the Republican's urging. At Trump's urging, a violent mob quickly proceeded to launch a deadly insurrectionist attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Seven days later, the U.S. House of Representatives held Donald Trump accountable for his misconduct.

The House impeached President Donald Trump Wednesday for a second time, charging the president with "incitement of insurrection" for his role in the violent riot by a pro-Trump mob of the U.S. Capitol that left five people dead and terrorized lawmakers as they sought to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory.

The final vote was 232 to 197. All 222 House Democrats who voted supported impeachment.

More notably, 10 House Republicans voted with Democrats to impeach Trump:

  1. John Katko of New York
  2. Liz Cheney of Wyoming
  3. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
  4. Fred Upton of Michigan
  5. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington State
  6. Dan Newhouse of Washington State
  7. Peter Meijer of Michigan
  8. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio
  9. Tom Rice of South Carolina
  10. David Valadao of California

In 1998, five House Democrats voted to impeach Bill Clinton, which was the highest number of impeachment votes ever cast by members of the sitting president's party.

Republicans doubled that record today.

The Democratic-led House is expected to send the impeachment article to the Senate immediately. As of this afternoon, however, it appears unlikely the Senate will reconvene for an impeachment trial before Jan. 19 -- the day before Inauguration Day -- meaning that Congress probably won't bring Trump's term to a premature end, even if there were two-thirds Senate majority to remove him from office.