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Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States, made history when he was impeached for the second time on January 13, 2021, one week before the end of his term. The first impeachment of Trump occurred due to Trump abusing his position of power to put pressure on foreign nation to overturn the 2020 presidential election. However for the second time, he was impeached as he was charged with “incitement of insurrection” for his role in instigating on a violent riots in the Capitol on January 6. The House of Representatives impeached Donald Trump a second time with the vote count of 232 to 197, with all Democrats and additional 10 Republicans. 

So, what is this “incitement of insurrection”? It refers to the 14th Amendment, passed after the Civil War, which prohibits any officeholder involved in “insurrection or rebellion” from holding official office. Trump was quoted to have told his supporter, “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.” 

As President Biden has already taken office, the proceedings of the second impeachment are mainly figurative, because even if convicted, he can not be removed from the position that he no longer holds. 

The tentative dates for the proceedings are as given below: 

Wednesday, January 13: Impeachment by the House 

Monday, January 25: Transmittal of Article of Impeachment to the Senate 

Tuesday, January 26: Senators Sworn In 

Tuesday, February 2 – Monday, February 8: Pre-Trial Briefs 

Wednesday, February 9: Trial Begins 

Since the second impeachment seems inconsequential, the popular opinion is to sanction Trump from running for office again, most likely presidential run in 2024. What are your thoughts on Donald Trump’s historical second impeachment? 

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