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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump became the first U.S. president to be impeached twice by the House of Representatives.
The House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump on a charge of "incitement of insurrection." The charge blamed Trump for encouraging a mob to attack the Capitol on January 6 by making the false claim that the election had been stolen.
An impeachment does not remove the president from office. It sends the issue to the Senate for a trial. Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell said Trump's Senate trial would not start before January 19. Trump's term as president ends on January 20, when Joseph Biden will be sworn in as the next president.
So why did lawmakers impeach Trump if it won't stop him from serving out the end of his term? A conviction by the Senate would mean that Trump could never run for public office again.
The deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol caused the deaths of 5 people, including a Capitol police officer who was beaten by the mob. Lawmakers were forced to hide as rioters broke into the Capitol.
Trump was first impeached by the House in late 2019. He was accused of abusing the power of his office and blocking Congress as it tried to check into his actions. The Senate voted in early 2020 to find him not guilty.
SOURCES: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, THE WASHINGTON POST