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Trump impeachment: Several Republicans to join Democrats in House vote

Trump impeachment: Several Republicans to join Democrats in House vote

By Naveel Krishant
Thursday 14/01/2021
Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar called on the House to vote to impeach Mr Trump - [Photo: BBC]

The US House of Representatives is preparing to vote to impeach President Donald Trump over his role in last week's storming of Congress.

Democrats accuse the president of encouraging his supporters to attack the Capitol building. Five people died.

Members of Trump's Republican party say they will join Democrats to impeach him formally charging the president with inciting insurrection.

Trump has rejected any responsibility for the violence.

The riot last week happened after Trump told supporters at a rally in Washington DC to "fight like hell" against the result of November's election.

As Democrats hold a majority in the House, the vote is likely to pass. The case will then head for the Senate, where a trial will be held to determine the president's guilt.

A two-thirds majority would be needed there to convict Trump, meaning at least 17 Republicans would have to vote for conviction. The New York Times reports that as many as 20 Senate Republicans are open to convicting the president.

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