President Donald Trump impeached a week before Joe Biden set to take over

Donald Trump has been impeached after being accused of inciting violence in Washington DC.

He becomes the first president in American history to be impeached twice.

Mr Trump could now face a trial in the Senate, which would likely be after his term as president ends with Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.

It follows disturbing scenes last week when a mob of his supporters broke into the US Capitol.

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Voting is continuing to take place in the House of Representatives tonight, but the threshold has been reached which will mean Mr Trump is impeached.

The charge which Mr Trump is accused of is ‘incitement of insurrection’.

To be impeached, someone is accused of committing ‘high crimes and misdemeanours’.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
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As well as Democrats voting for the President to be impeached, some members of his own Republican Party have voted in favour.

During a debate earlier, speaker Nancy Pelosi asked Republicans and Democrats to ‘search their souls’ ahead of the historic vote.

Ms Pelosi called Mr Trump a ‘clear and present danger to the nation we all love’.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell did not rule out voting to convict Mr Trump in the event of a trial.

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Mr McConnell revealed he has yet to decide what his vote would be.

During the debate, Republican representative Tom McClintock of California said that impeaching Mr Trump a week before he leaves office is a ‘petty, vindictive and gratuitous act’.

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