President becomes first in history to be impeached TWICE after Capitol riots

DONALD Trump has been impeached for the second time in a historic House of Representatives vote.

He is now the first president in US history to be impeached twice following the riots at the Capitol last week.

A total of 232 politicians voted to impeach Trump – including all House Democrats and ten Republicans – with 197 voting against.

Meanwhile, New York City has ended all business links with Donald Trump over last week’s riots, it was confirmed today.

37 years after the construction of Manhattan’s iconic Trump Tower became a symbol of the city’s 80s financial boom, mayor Bill de Blasio today revealed New York was severing all existing contracts with the President.

The lucrative contracts are for ice skating rinks, the Central Park Carousel and the Trump Golf Links in the Bronx, De Blasio confirmed, claiming Trump has engaged in “criminal activity” by “inciting an insurrection”.

Di Blasio is, of course, a Democrat and has been feuding with Trump for years. He has long been under pressure to implement the kind the contract-severing he announced today from those opposed to the President.

Follow our Donald Trump live blog below for the latest news on the impeachment and transition of a Biden presidency.

  • WHAT HAVE YOU MISSED OVERNIGHT?

    Good morning – if you’re just waking up in the UK, there’ll be a lot to catch up on…

    Of course, the big news is that Donald Trump has been impeached in the House for a second time as ten Republicans turned on the president following the Capitol riots.

    The president was charged with inciting insurrection for telling rally-goers in Washington DC to march to Congress and “fight like hell” on January 6.

    Trump’s second impeachment came as:

  • 20,000 NATIONAL GUARD SOLDIERS PREPPED FOR BIDEN’S INAUGURATION

    Downtown Washington was fenced off and boarded up on Wednesday, with concrete barriers blocking avenues, police at street corners, and armed National Guard soldiers patrolling Capitol Hill as Congress impeached President Donald Trump for a second time.

    The city at the heart of US democracy has been a shadow of itself during pandemic shutdowns, but now it is also under heavy guard after the January 6 deadly attack by Trump supporters on the Congress building.

    National Guard soldiers in body armor and camouflage spent the night inside the Capitol, their black rifles leaning against the polished stone walls of the building’s halls.

    Some 20,000 National Guard soldiers are expected in Washington for Biden’s inauguration, more than the combined number of US troops officially deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Lawmakers on Wednesday formally accused Trump of inciting the mob that attacked the Capitol last week in a failed effort to stop Congress from finalizing the president’s November loss to Joe Biden.

  • TRUMP WAS BRIEFED ON VIOLENCE EARLIER THIS WEEK, OFFICIALS SAID

    President Trump was briefed by federal officials on Monday regarding possible threats to Washington, DC, and state capitols ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, an official told CNN.

    Trump cited the briefings in his video condemning violence.

    An official said the briefings played a role in his decision to record the video. 

  • TRUMP FAN WHO WAS ARRESTED AFTER CAPITOL RIOT ‘SHOT HIMSELF IN THE CHEST’

    A Donald Trump fan reportedly shot himself in the chest and was found dead by his wife after his Capitol riot arrest.

    Christopher Stanton Georgia, 53, was charged last week for his involvement in Wednesday’s Capitol chaos, 11-Alive reported.

    His wife found him on Saturday morning in the basement of their home and told police there was “blood everywhere.” 

    The father-of-two was found with a gunshot wound to the chest, the Daily Mail reported.

    A medical examiner ruled that the Alpharetta, Georgia, man died by suicide, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

  • PELOSI SIGNS ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT, SAYING ‘NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW’

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has signed the article of impeachment against Trump.

    She said: “Today, in a bipartisan way the House demonstrated that no one is above the law, not even the President of the United States. 

    “That Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our country and that once again we honor our oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help us God. 

    “And now, I sadly and with a heartbroken over what this means to our country, of a president who would incite insurrection, will sign the engrossment of the article of impeachment.”

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  • OUR TOP STORIES TONIGHT

    Trump’s second impeachment came as:

  • SCHUMER: THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL CAN ‘BEGIN IMMEDIATELY’

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said an impeachment trial can “begin immediately” if they can reach an agreement with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

    He said: “A Senate trial can begin immediately, with agreement from the current Senate majority leader to reconvene the Senate for an emergency session, or it will begin after January 19.

    “But make no mistake, there will be an impeachment trial in the United States Senate; there will be a vote on convicting the president for high crimes and misdemeanours; and if the president is convicted, there will be a vote on barring him from running again.”

  • 232 VOTE FOR IMPEACHMENT

    A total of 232 politicians voted to impeach Trump – including all House Democrats and ten Republicans – with 197 voting against.

  • THE REPUBLICANS THAT JUMPED SHIP

    A total of 10 Republicans voted to impeach President Donald Trump.

    At least ten GOP members – including Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Dan Newhouse of Washington, John Katko of New York, Fred Upton of Michigan, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, Peter Meijer of Michigan, Tim Rice of South Carolina and David Valadao of California – all voted to impeach Trump.

  • WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

    Trump’s impeachment will now head to the Senate, where members of Congress will again vote on whether or Trump will be convicted on the charge.

    Proceedings would continue on January 19, when the Senate is set to meet next – but they could begin before then if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calls members of Congress back to meet sooner.

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  • PRESIDENT TRUMP SET TO MAKE A STATEMENT

    President Trump will make a statement reacting to today’s impeachment proceedings soon, an official familiar with the matter has told CNN.

    It will likely be a video, according to the outlet.

  • WHAT HAS TRUMP BEEN IMPEACHED OVER?

    The impeachment resolution the House voted on charges Trump with a single article, “incitement of insurrection” for his role in last week’s deadly Capitol riot.

    There isn’t such thing as a standard routine with impeachments – and this one is set on a very unprecedented backdrop.

  • IMPEACHED FOR THE SECOND TIME

    It’s official – Donald Trump has been impeached.

    The motion was passed by 232 to 197 in the House of Representatives this evening.

  • BREAKING: TRUMP IS IMPEACHED

    Donald Trump has become the first president in US history to be impeached twice, and faces trial in Senate over the Capitol riots.

    We’ll bring you all the breaking news here.

  • REPUBLICANS WHO ARE VOTING TO IMPEACH

    So far, at least nine Republicans have voted or said they will vote for impeachment. They are:

    1. Rep. Dan Newhouse of Washington
    2. Rep. John Katko of New York
    3. Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler of Washington
    4. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
    5. Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan
    6. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming
    7. Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan
    8. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio
    9. Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina
  • SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER HASN’T MADE A DECISION

    Mitch McConnell, who leads the Republicans in the Senate, says he has not decided which way he will vote in the impeachment trial if it passes through the House of Representatives.

    He told colleagues: “While the press has been full of speculation, I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate.”

  • TRUMP ‘BEARS RESPONSIBILITY’ FOR CAPITOL STORM, SAYS EX-HOMELAND SECURITY

    Chad Wolf, who resigned as Homeland Security acting secretary two days ago, said Wednesday that President Trump bears some responsibility for the events at the US Capitol last week.

    Wolf told CNN: “He’s the President. What he says matters.

    “People listen to him — particularly supporters of his, I would say, really listen to him — so there is responsibility there.”

  • PIZZA GIVEN TO NATIONAL GUARD

    Members of the National Guard receive food in the Capitol Visitors Center on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, ahead of an expected House vote impeaching US President Donald Trump.

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  • TRUMP IS A ‘TRAITOR TO OUR COUNTRY’

    Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat from California, called President Trump a “traitor to our country” during her speech on the House floor this afternoon.

    She said: “We must impeach the President, because he incited a mob that attacked the Capitol of the United States. The tabernacle of our democracy.

    “I will vote to impeach this traitor to our country.”

  • TRUMP WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR CAPITOL BREACH, BUT IT IS A ‘MISTAKE’ TO IMPEACH

    House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy said that President Trump is responsible for the deadly Capitol attack last week but said impeaching him would be a “mistake.”

    He said today: “The President bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters. 

    “He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding. These facts require immediate action of President Trump.

    “I believe impeaching the President in such a short time frame would be a mistake. No investigations have been completed. No hearings have been held.”

  • IMPEACHING TRUMP WILL ‘FRACTURE’ THE US

    Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a Republican from New Jersey, said that impeaching President Trump for a second time would “fracture” the country again.  

    “We’ve been here before. We’ve done this before. This has failed before. We fractured our nation using the same process before. Congress must be the glue that starts unifying everyone,” Van Drew said. 

  • REPUBLICAN ATTACKS CELEBS WHO WISHED HARM AGAINST TRUMP

    Republican Ken Buck attacked Robert De Niro, who once said he would punch Mr Trump, and Madonna, who apparently once said she would bomb the White House, as part of his argument against impeachment.

    He also condemned those who called for people to harass Republicans in public spaces – including in restaurants and on the streets.

  • ‘THEY WERE DOMESTIC TERRORISTS’ SAYS PELOSI

    “Those insurrectionists were not patriots. They were not part of a political base to be catered to and managed. They were domestic terrorists and justice must prevail,” Nancy Pelosi said.

    “But they did not appear out of a vacuum. They were sent here, sent here by the President with words such as a cry ‘to fight like hell.’ Words matter. Truth matters. Accountability matters.”

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  • PELOSI CALLS TRUMP A ‘CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER’

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi started the House debate over the article of impeachment against the President by saying that Trump is “a clear and present danger” to the country.

    “We know that the President of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country. He must go, he is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love,” Pelosi said.

    She added that President Trump has “repeatedly” lied about the outcome of the election in November and cast doubt on democracy.

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