With the 2nd impeachment of Donald Trump by the House today, here are some historic firsts to note, as well as some other points of interest.
– Trump has become the first president to be impeached twice, this time on incitement of insurrection, after Trump incited a violent mob to storm the Capitol last week, resulting in five deaths.
– Ten House Republicans voted in favor of impeachment making this the most bipartisan presidential impeachment in US history. The final vote on the article of impeachment was 232-197.
– The most surprising Republican “yes” vote on impeachment came from Tom Rice of South Carolina. Before the vote, Rice did not offer any indication that he was planning to support impeachment, and he was not considered one of the likely “yes” votes.
– There won’t be a Senate trial before Trump leaves office because Mitch McConnell won’t bring the Senate back into session early. However he has indicated that he supports impeachment.
– The House might hold off sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate in order to give Biden time to get all his appointees approved. McConnell and Biden might come to an agreement on allowing the trial and other business to run in parallel though.
– The reason both Republicans and Democrats are in favor of having a trial – even after Biden is sworn is – is to get rid of Trump once and for all. If convicted, not only will he have to give up all post-Presidential benefits, he will also be barred from running for public office again. There is every indication that the GOP wants to be rid of him forever.