The Second Impeachment of Donald J. Trump



U.S. President Donald Trump visits the U.S.-Mexico border wall, in Alamo, Texas, U.S., January 12, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Annabel Davison, Staff Writer

On January 6th, 2021, thousands of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building, rioting and looting the building. This attack on the Capitol led to a second impeachment of Donald Trump, causing him to be the first president of the United States to be impeached twice. Trump was first impeached in January of 2020 for “Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress”, however this time was different. 

Democrats believed that Trump should be removed from office under the 25th Amendment, which states that presidents could be removed if they were unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. While this amendment had only been used in the past to remove presidents for medical purposes, Democrats wrote to Vice President Mike Pence saying that Trump wasn’t mentally stable enough to stay in office, as he had caused this attack on the Capitol. 

Pence did not believe the President should be removed under the 25th Amendment. Therefore, the House of Representatives voted 232-197 in favor of impeaching Donald Trump for being the sole reason this mob formed to riot the Capitol. Quite surprisingly, ten Republicans voted against Trump. The fate of Donald Trump’s final days as President, and his chances of running for office again in the future, now lies in the hands of the Senate.