WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of the U.S. House voted today to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time, just a week after he encouraged loyalists to “fight like hell” against election results and a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.
In a statement after the vote, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13, of Howland said, “There is no place in our democracy for a president who incites violence to overturn the result of a free and fair election."
The House vote on an article of impeachment for incitement of insurrection was still underway today, but the Democratic-led House had secured enough votes to impeach Trump. Some Republicans joined Democrats in voting to impeach the president.
During debate before the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked Republicans and Democrats to “search their souls.” Trump is the first American president to be impeached twice.
The impeachment proceedings came one week after a violent, pro-Trump mob breached the Capitol, sending lawmakers into hiding and revealing the fragility of the nation’s history of peaceful transfers of power. Five people died.
Trump has taken no responsibility for the riot.