Editorial: Double jolt

Donald Trump became the first President in the history of US to be impeached for a second time, as 10 of his fellow Republicans joined the Democrats in the House of Representatives on Wednesday to charge him with inciting an insurrection which led to the violent rampage at the Capitol last week.

The votes with 232-197 was in moved the motion for impeachment, though it is unlikely that the swift impeachment would lead to Trump`s removal before the end of his four-year term.

However, the Senate`s Republican majority leader, Mitch McConnell, rejected calls from Democratic leaders for a quick impeachment trial, saying there was no way to conclude it before 20 January which is when Trump leaves office. But a Senate conviction could lead to a vote on banning Donald Trump from running for office again in 2024.

The House passed a single article of impeachment – a formal charge – accusing Trump of ‘incitement of insurrection’. At a later ceremony, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed the article of impeachment before it is sent to the Senate, saying she did it ‘sadly, with a heart broken over what this means to our country.’ It is time that Biden acts string and tough.


NT Bureau