Second Impeachment of Donald Trump- Key Facts

Recently, the US House of Representatives has voted to impeach US President Donald Trump. After this voting, Donald Trump became the first US President to be impeached twice.

Key Points

  • The US House of Representatives voted 232-197 to formally call the Vice President to invoke 25th Amendment and invoke Donald Trump.
  • This voting for the impeachment of Trump was done due to the attack by Trump supporters on the US Capitol building after his speech.
  • However, the impeachment is not final yet because now it has to be passed in the US Senate also.
  • A 2/3rd majority is needed in the US Senate to impeach Trump.
  • In his defense, Trump can also put forward points that his words like “fight” during the speech did not literally mean violent protest.
  • The US Senate is on recess at present, so the trial for impeachment may be started on January 19.
  • However, Donald Trump will formally hand over the presidentship to President-elect Joe Biden on January 20.

Can Impeachment happen even after Trump leaves office?

If the impeachment is passed in the US Senate, it can be enforced even after Trump leaves office. It will disqualify Trump for future elections.

What is the 25th Amendment?

It is an amendment of the US Constitution that has provisions for replacing or succeeding President. It has 4 sections. The 4th section of the amendment allows the house to impeach the president if he fails to impart his duties or becomes ineligible for his duties. In this case, the vice-president takes over the president’s office.