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House Votes to Impeach President Trump: Here's What Impeachment Means

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House of Representative lawmakers have voted to impeach President Trump, making him the first U.S. President to be impeached twice. The President was impeached on the article of incitement of insurrection. 

Calls for the second impeachment of Trump have echoed loudly after his supporters stormed the Capitol forcing a lockdown leaving five dead, including a police officer.

In a video posted following the House vote, Trump condemned the violence on Capitol Hill with no mention of his impeachment. "No true supporter of mine could ever threaten or harass their fellow Americans," Trump said in the video, posted on Youtube. 

It's not the first time lawmakers have demanded Trump's impeachment. In fact, House representatives impeached Trump in 2019 on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. But the Senate acquitted Trump, and his removal from office did not happen.

This time, things look different. Even though Trump only has a few days left in office, lawmakers including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are looking to institute rapid impeachment proceedings against Trump, which could, in turn, ensure Trump never holds public office again.

"Today, following the President’s dangerous and seditious acts, Republicans in Congress need to... call on Trump to depart his office – immediately," Speaker Pelosi said, in a press statement, on Friday. "If the President does not leave office imminently and willingly, the Congress will proceed with our action."

So, how can a U.S. President be impeached?

The constitution says, "The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

To learn more, watch the video above.

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