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Donald Trump faces a single charge — “incitement of insurrection” — in the impeachment resolution after the domestic incursion at the Capitol.


The US House of Representatives is rushing ahead towards impeaching Donald Trump for the deadly Capitol attack, taking time only to try to persuade his vice president to push him out first.

Already scheduled to leave office next week, Mr Trump is on the verge of becoming the only president in history to be impeached twice.

His incendiary rhetoric at a rally ahead of the Capitol uprising is now in the impeachment charge against him — to be taken up on Wednesday — even as the falsehoods he spread about election fraud are still being championed by some Republicans.


The House on Tuesday night approved a resolution urging Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to remove Mr Trump with a cabinet vote, although the vice president had already said he would not do so.

The resolution, passed 223-205 almost entirely along party lines, urged him to “declare what is obvious to a horrified nation: That the president is unable to successfully discharge the duties and powers of his office”.

Mr Pence had told House speaker Nancy Pelosi it would not be in the best interest of the nation and it was “time to unite our country as we prepare to inaugurate president-elect Joe Biden”.

But five Republican legislators, including third-ranking House GOP leader Liz Cheney, announced they would vote to impeach on Wednesday, cleaving the Republican leadership and the party itself.



“The president of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack,” said Ms Cheney in a statement. “There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”

Mr Trump showed no remorse, warning legislators off impeachment and suggesting it was the drive to oust him that was dividing the country.

“To continue on this path, I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our country,” he said.