WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Donald Trump just days before his term is slated to end.
House Democrats reached the necessary votes on Wednesday to impeach Trump. They want Trump removed from office, accusing him of “inciting an insurrection” when some of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 while Congress was certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s 2020 win.
Trump had held a large rally in front of the White House disputing Biden’s win earlier in the day.
The chaos resulted in Congress being locked down, and five people died during the protests and riots. They included a Trump supporter shot by police inside the Capitol, a Capitol Police officer who died after suffering injuries during the anarchy and three persons who died from health incidents.
U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md.-1st, opposed the new Trump impeachment while Maryland Democrats want Trump out of office.
U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md.-8th, is leading the new impeachment push for House Democrats. “Let’s come together and impeach this President for this high crime against the Republic. We don’t have a minute to spare. He is a clear and present danger to the people,” Raskin said.
Biden’s inauguration is scheduled for Jan. 20.
The House impeached Trump in 2019 but failed to remove him from office via a conviction in the Senate.
The new push could also try to bar Trump from running for the White House again in 2024. Trump has denied that his push against Biden’s win and earlier rally incited the riot on Capitol Hill.
Trump said on Wednesday he condemned the storming of Congress and that thousands of troops were being brought into Washington to secure the city.
“Mob violence goes against everything I believe in,” Trump said.
Delmarva Democrats were quick to back the impeachment and want Trump out of office.
“Donald Trump should have resigned last week when he failed to take any action to quell the violent mob that he urged to head to the Capitol. He should have resigned after the death of the Capitol Police officer who was attacked by the domestic terrorists as they invaded our seat of government searching out lawmakers and staff,” said U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., in a statement.
Those sentiments were echoed by U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.
“We cannot heal a divided nation without holding accountable those who willfully sow divisions with lies and mistrust in our institutions and elections,” Carper said.