The United States is feeling Déjà vu as President Donald J. Trump is being impeached for a second time in just over a year.
The House of Representatives charged Trump with “incitement of insurrection,” meaning he was being impeached for the unlawful behavior against the Capitol, seen during the riots on January 6, 2021.
Lawmakers then voted and approved to go forth with the impeachment process, as the vote ended up as 232-197. With this 232-197 vote, all the Democratic seats, as well as 10 Republicans voted in favor of the impeachment.
It is now in the hands of the Senate, where a trial will be held right around the time President-Elect Joe Biden is inaugurated into office.
However, what seems to be a reoccurring question to citizens around the country, is ‘what is the point of a second impeachment when Donald Trump only has days left in office?’
According to a New York Times article published on Jan 14, “impeachment is one of the weightiest tools the constitution gives Congress to hold government officials accountable for misconduct and abuse of power.”
Additionally, the biggest effect impeachment would have would be disqualifying Trump from ever holding a position in office again.
Because Trump has only completed one term as President, there have been rumors of running again in 2024 for a second term. Though if officially convicted, in Article I, Section 3, Clause 7 of the Constitution, he could be held from holding “any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States.”
With a two-thirds majority of votes needed by the Senate for a convicted impeachment trial, it is unsure what will actually happen to President Trump.
As the days go on, more questions are being asked as the United States is truly witnessing history in the making. Never before seen actions are happening daily and it is leaving a majority of people confused.
Questions like “how will an impeachment trial work as Donald Trump is no longer in office?” and “what will this do for President-Elect Joe Biden’s first months of presidency?” are constantly at the back of people’s minds.
One thing is for certain though, Donald Trump is making history by being the first President to be impeached twice.