House impeaches Trump
First president to be impeached twice
Exactly one week after the House floor was stormed by as crowd that descended on the Capitol, fought through Capitol Police, smashed windows and ransacked offices in a violent desecration that left five dead, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump for his alleged role in inciting the riot.
The 232-197 vote was the second impeachment of his presidency, making Trump the first American president to be impeached twice.
House Democrats brought forward the indictment on the grounds of incitement of insurrection. There were 222 votes by Democrats in favor with 10 Republicans also voting to impeach Trump.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated that he wouldn’t bring the matter to the Senate before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden next week.
Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) issued a statement responding to the impeachment, calling for a calming of the current political situation.
“The Electoral College has spoken and President-elect Biden will be sworn-in a week from now,” Scott stated.
“The President has committed to an orderly transition and that process is underway. It’s time to prepare for that, take the crazy rhetoric down on both sides and move our nation forward.”
District 19 Congressman Byron Donalds, who represent most of Lee County and Collier County, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.