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Legal, Constitutional, Timeline Hurdles: What Are Donald Trump’s Chances at Senate Impeachment Trial

The US House of Representatives voted 232-197 on Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for alleged “incitement of insurrection” in connection with the deadly riots that rocked the Capitol Hill in Washington DC on 6 January.

In a historic move on Wednesday, the US House of Representatives voted 232 to 197 in favour of approving impeachment for Donald Trump, making him the first president in the history of the United States to be subjected to the procedure twice.

Among those to support the move to oust the president from power were at least 10 Republicans, who had broken ranks to vote with the Democratic opposition.

​As the impeachment resolution now moves to the Senate, several questions now loom, such as whether or not the impeachment may result in a conviction, as well as if a trial can be held after the president leaves office and transfers power to President-elect Democrat Joe Biden.

Twice Impeached

In the wake of the deadly chaos that engulfed the US Capitol on 6 January, when a joint session of Congress convened to certify the Electoral College vote count in favour of Biden, the Democrats had been quick to accuse President Trump for ‘inciting the violence’.

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