History has just been written in the United States. The House of Representatives has voted in favor of the impeachment of President Donald Trump. This makes him the first American president ever against which a second impeachment procedure has been started.
One week before the end of his presidency, the pressure to oust Donald Trump is greater than ever. The US House of Representatives voted in favor of Trump’s impeachment on Wednesday evening. They accuse him of “instigating an uprising” in connection with the storming of the Capitol on Wednesday.
That the impeachment procedure would be approved in the House of Representatives is in itself no surprise. The Democrats have a majority there. It was mainly looking to see how many Republicans would support that impeachment. In contrast to the first impeachment procedure, it was now the case.
Seven of the 211 Republicans had announced in advance that they would vote with the Democrats. The biggest name among them is Liz Cheney, the number three Republicans in the House and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. After a long session and vote, even ten members of the Republican party turned out to vote for the impeachment. The vote ended up being 232 – 197 with 5 abstentions (1 Democrat and 4 Republicans).
And now the Senate …
The vote now goes to the Senate where the impeachment requires a two-thirds majority to make Donald Trump’s impeachment official. Since both parties have 50 seats there, it takes 17 Republican Senators to impeach Trump.
Everything seems to depend on Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell. Surprisingly, he has not yet spoken about how he will vote. According to certain reports, he would like to purge the Republican party from Trump. All analysts assume that if McConnell votes for impeachment, at least 16 will follow.