Donald Trump: Nancy Pelosi confirms votes for impeachment
Donald Trump was impeached again after being charged with “incitement of insurrection” over last week’s dangerous storming of the Capitol building. The House of Representatives accused Mr Trump of encouraging violence with unfounded claims of election fraud. A total of 10 Republicans voted against their party and Mr Trump, with the final result standing at 232 votes to impeach and 197 against.
The Senate trial expected to follow the House vote will not take place straight away.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said there is not enough time for a “fair or serious” trial to go ahead before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in later this month.
Mr McConnell said: “The president-elect himself stated last week that his inauguration on January 20 is the ‘quickest’ path for any change in the occupant of the presidency.
“In light of this reality, I believe it will best serve our nation if Congress and the executive branch spend the next seven days completely focused on facilitating a safe inauguration and an orderly transfer of power to the incoming Biden administration.”
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Which US Presidents have been impeached?
Andrew Johnson, the US’s 17th president, was impeached by the House in March 1868 for “high crimes and misdemeanours” after he was accused of violating the Tenure of Office Act.
The Act, later deemed invalid by the Supreme Court, restricted the power of the president to remove certain office-holders without the approval of the Senate.
Mr Johnson was deemed in violation by trying to remove the US Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, without receiving official approval from the Senate.
He was the first president to be impeached on March 2, 1868, when the House formally adopted the articles of impeachment and forwarded them to the Senate.
Bill Clinton, the 42nd US president, was impeached by the House on October 8, 1998, for “high crimes and misdemeanours” as well.
Mr Clinton was accused of lying under oath and obstruction of justice.
The accusation was in relation to a lawsuit filed by civil servant Paula Jones in 1994, alleging Mr Clinton sexually harassed her, and from his testimony in which he had lied about having extra-marital affairs with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Mr Clinton initially denied that he was seeing Ms Lewinsky, famously exclaiming: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms Lewinsky.”
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Mr Clinton later revealed he had been lying, and became the second US president to face impeachment before being acquitted by the Senate on February 12, 1999.
Mr Clinton remained in his office as president until the end of his second term on January 20, 2001.
When it comes to Richard Nixon, many people believe he was impeached – but this isn’t actually the case.
Mr Nixon resigned before he was able to face impeachment over the Watergate scandal, which refers to a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington DC.
Initially, in 1972, Mr Nixon gave a speech in which he swore that White House staffers weren’t involved in the break-in, winning the public’s confidence and securing him a second term in office.
However, in 1974, President Nixon released damning tapes that undeniably confirmed his complicity in the DNC’s break-in.
To avoid inevitable impeachment, Mr Nixon chose to resign in disgrace on August 8 and left the White House the following day.
The president, who never admitted any wrongdoings or his role in the scandal, died in 1994.
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