The U.S. House on Wednesday voted to impeach President Donald Trump over "incitement of insurrection," making him the first president to be impeached twice.


The final vote on Wednesday was 232 in favor and 197 against.While the number of Democrats sponsoring the impeachment article indicated there had already been enough votes to impeach the president in the days leading up to the floor vote, 10 Republicans cast the "yea" vote.


1月13日,在美国首都华盛顿,一名手持“弹劾”标语的男子从国会大厦前走过。新华社记者 刘杰 摄 图源:新华网



"No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence. No true supporter of mine could ever disrespect law enforcement or our great American flag," Trump said from behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.


"Now I am asking everyone who has ever believed in our agenda to be thinking of ways to ease tensions, calm tempers and help to promote peace in our country," he said.



The House of Representatives voted Tuesday night to approve a resolution calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from office through the 25th Amendment in the wake of the violent siege of the US Capitol last week. The vote amounts to a symbolic rebuke after Vice President Mike Pence made clear earlier in the evening that he has no plans to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the President in a letter released just hours ahead of the House vote.



Ahead of the vote, however, Pence's office released a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shutting down the idea.


"With just eight days left in the President's term, you and the Democratic caucus are demanding that the Cabinet and I invoke the 25th Amendment. I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our nation or consistent with our Constitution," Pence wrote.

彭斯还表示,自己“在美国的关键时刻,不会屈服于众议院的压力,加入这场政治游戏。”而且,如此情形下动用该宪法修正案作为‘ 惩罚或篡权’”的手段,将‘开创可怕的先例’。”

“I will not now yield to efforts in the House of Representatives to play political games at a time so serious in the life of our nation,” he wrote. Invoking the 25th Amendment as a means of “punishment or usurpation” would “set a terrible precedent,” Pence said.




“People thought that what I said was totally appropriate,” Trump said.


Eight days from the end of his presidency, U.S. President Trump expressed no regret for his comments last week ahead of a riot and mob violence at the U.S. Capitol that resulted in the deaths of at least five people and multiple injuries.


Trump acknowledged he bears “some responsibility” for an assault on the U.S. Capitol last week, Republican congressional leader Kevin McCarthy told party lawmakers on Monday


McCarthy said he appealed to Trump to call Biden.




“I’d like to say that free speech is under assault like never before.  “


“The 25th Amendment is of zero risk to me, but will come back to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden administration,” Trump said. “As the expression goes, be careful of what you wish for.”


“The impeachment hoax is a continuation of the greatest and most vicious witch hunt in the history of our country, and it is causing tremendous anger and division and pain — far greater than most people will ever understand, which is very dangerous for the USA, especially at this very tender time.”


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