When was Donald Trump impeached the first time?

DONALD Trump is facing a second impeachment one year after he was first impeached in 2019.

Democrats in the House of Representatives will vote whether to impeach Trump for inciting a riot after the shocking scenes in the Capitol that took place on January 6.

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When was Donald Trump's first impeachment trial?

Donald Trump could be facing a second impeachment, which would be the first time in history a US president has faced impeachment twice.

Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives on December 18, 2019.

However, the Senate acquitted Trump of the charges on February 5, 2020.

Trump was the third US president to have been impeached by Congress – joining Andrew Jackson and Bill Clinton in the list – however no president has ever been removed from office through impeachment.

The House intends to consider the article of impeachment when it reconvenes on January 13, 2021 at 9am.

The news comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed she wanted to press on with the unprecedented move unless Mike Pence used the 25th Amendment to force him from office.

However, a House resolution for Pence to give Trump the boot was blocked on Monday, January 11, by Republicans.

What were the accusations against the President?

In 2019, the House adopted two articles of impeachment against Trump, abuse of power and obstruction of justice.

The House alleged that Trump had solicited foreign interference in the 2020 US presidential election to help his re-election bid.

Lawmakers also claimed the president obstructed the inquiry itself by telling his administration officials to ignore subpoenas for documents and testimony.

The inquiry also reported that Trump withheld $391million in military aid, and an invitation to the White House to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky in order to influence Ukraine to announce an investigation into Joe Biden.

The inquiry reported that Trump prompted a discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, was behind interference in the 2016 presidential election.

A call between Trump and Zelensky on July 25, 2019 was particularly important – whistleblower Alexander Vindman was a participant in the call and later informed Congress.

Why was he acquitted?

The Senate acquitted Trump on both impeachment charges on February 5, 2020.

Some Republican senators criticized Trump's behavior throughout his presidency, but said it did not rise to the level of impeachment.

Sen Mitt Romney of Utah was the only Republican senator to cross the aisle and convict Trump on the first charge of abuse of power.

Romney said Trump had been "guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust" and "a flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security and our fundamental values."

During the proceedings, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the entire case against the president had been a "circus " and "a colossal political mistake."

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