US House opens historic impeachment debate, if ousted Trump will go down as only US president impeached twice

By CNN On Wed, 13 Jan, 2021 18:02 | < 1 min read
Donald Trump signed the order on Wednesday
Former US President Donald Trump. Photo/Courtesy

The US House of Representatives has just convened and will now begin consideration of President Trump’s impeachment.

The impeachment resolution the House will vote on today charges Trump with a single article, “incitement of insurrection,” for his role in last week’s deadly Capitol riot.

The first debate is expected to last about an hour and will revolve around the rules governing the impeachment article.

After that, the House will vote on the rule.

Trump is now staring at the shameful distinction of being impeached by the House of Representatives twice in just over a year – the only president in US history to be impeached twice.

Even if he’s impeached today, Trump will stay in office and likely finish out his term, because it takes a Senate conviction to remove him even after he’s been impeached.

Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern, chairman of the House Rules Committee, opened the House session this morning with some remarks about what happened on Jan. 6 and President Trump and his allies’ roles in inciting a mob to storm the Capitol.

But GOP Rep. Tom Cole, ranking member of the House Rules Committee, said impeachment would “divide us further” in the last days of President Trump’s administration. 

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