Updated 6:55 PM ET, Wed January 13, 2021
Donald Trump has become the first US president in history to be impeached for a second time.
Ten House Republicans joined House Democrats in voting for impeachment Wednesday, exactly one week after pro-Trump rioters ransacked the US Capitol. The vote was 232-197.
The speed of the vote and the Republican support underscores the fury that lawmakers feel about Trump’s role inciting the rioters who overtook the Capitol. The impeachment resolution charges Trump with “incitement of insurrection.”
Trump, engaging with reporters Tuesday for the first time in weeks, likened the impeachment push to a “witch hunt.” He said the speech he gave to his supporters on January 6, the day the Capitol was breached, was “totally appropriate.”
The Senate trial isn’t expected to begin until after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in next week.