In his final week in office, President Donald Trump finally earned himself a superlative distinction for the history books: the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.
On Wednesday afternoon, the House of Representatives was still voting but crossed the threshold needed to impeach Trump on one charge of “incitement of insurrection,” seven days after the president egged on a violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election results and then harm—or kill—top officials in the federal government. The impeachment vote took place on the very floor where, on Jan. 6, lawmakers, staff, and reporters huddled, fearing for their lives as armed extremists attempted to fight their way in.
Unlike the first impeachment, the second included Republican support—including from Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY). The third-ranking House Republican said in a Tuesday night statement that “there has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”