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Division over Trump's second impeachment trial

DW, 09 Feb 2021
The US Senate on Tuesday will start former President Donald Trump's historic second impeachment trial. He faces a single charge of inciting the deadly US Capitol attack on January 6. An impeachment conviction requires a two-thirds majority in the evenly split, 100-member Senate. This means that 17 Republicans would need to join the Senate's 50 Democrats in that decision.

The charge of "incitement of insurrection" that was passed by the Democratic-led House of Representatives on January 13 focused on Trump's speech to a crowd of supporters shortly before thousands stormed the Capitol a week before. At a rally in Washington on January 6, Trump repeated claims of election fraud, telling his followers: "We fight like hell. And if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore." Shortly after the speech, hundreds of Trump supporters surrounded and then stormed the US Capitol, where Congress was formally certifying Democrat Joe Biden's election victory. The violent attack left five people dead including a Capitol Police officer. Over 100 other Capitol officers sustained various injuries ranging from permanent blinding and broken bones to cuts, bruises and trauma.


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