The US House of Representatives is voting right now on the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump after the violent assault on the Capitol last Wednesday by a mob of his followers, in which five people died.
Democrats, with a majority in the Lower House, They seek to accuse the president of the charge of “incitement to insurrection”.
The vote is expected to go ahead with the backing of the Democratic caucus, and at least four Republican legislators They have announced that they will join the initiative: Adam Kizinger, congressman from Illinois; Liz Cheney, congresswoman from Wyoming; John Katko, from New York; and Fred Upton, from Michigan.
The process initiated in the Lower House promises to force the Senate to subject Trump to an impeachment trial that will take place when the president-elect, Democrat Joe Biden, is already in power, and which therefore will not have as its main objective the impeachment of the representative but its possible disqualification to hold future political office.
For his part, Trump broke his silence on Tuesday after the assault on the Capitol by qualifying the new impeachment as something “absolutely ridiculous” and “a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics.”
If passed, he will become the first president to face two political trials in US history.
The United States is experiencing moments of recent unprecedented political tension less than a week before the formal handover ceremony takes place, scheduled for January 20, in which Biden will assume the Presidency.
The authorities have already carried out a huge police deployment in Washington, with more than 10,000 personnel, and erecting fences around the Capitol, on whose steps the investiture ceremony will be held, to avoid the scenes of the chaotic day last Wednesday that went around the world.