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US vote on Trump impeachment today

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Washington, Jan 12: The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives would vote on the impeachment of outgoing President Donald Trump on Wednesday on charges of inciting his supporters to carry out a violent attack on the Capitol Hill last week.

 Co-authored by Congressmen Jamie Raskin, David Cicilline and Ted Lieu, the article of impeach-ment co•sponsored by 211 House members – was tabled Monday.

 During a conference call with his party colleagues on Monday House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the impeachment vote will be held Wednesday.

 The article of impeachment charges Trump with a count of “incitement of insurrection” for his actions on January 6, when he delivered a speech inciting his sup-porters to lay siege to the Capitol, an action that temporarily halted the counting of Electoral College votes and resulted in the deaths of five individuals, including an officer of the US Capitol Police.

 The Democrats have enough votes to impeach the president in the House, which requires a sim-ple majority. But the Senate, where both the Republicans and Democrats have now 50-50 seats -would require votes of two-third of the members to remove the presi-dent out of the office. Vice Ptesident-elect Kamala Harris in her capacity as Chairperson of the Senate would add one more to the Democrats when necessary.

 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the vote on impeachment in the upper chain-bets of the US Congress can not hap-pen before the Inauguration Day on January 20. Later Monday Congresswoman Ilhan Omar also introduced two articles of impeachment against Trump.

 The first article cites Trump’s abuse of power for at-tempting to overturn the 2020 pres-idential election results in Georgia. The second article addresses the in-citement of violence for orches-trating an attempted coup against our country “I just introduced my im-peachment resolution. The full House will now vote on a measure calling on Vice President (Mike) Pence and the cabinet to remove President Donald Trump under the 25th amendment. If Pence does-k: not act, the House will move to im-peach this week,” Omar said. 

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