2021: What Happens Now?

Remember the dates to pay attention to when it came to the transfer of power? Well, Jan. 6 did not go the way it was supposed to. The disturbing insurrection of our nation’s capital has put everyone in a state of anxiety, frustration and disappointment. So, if you were unclear of what happens next here is what we know, what it means and the importance, according to Vote Save America, Aimee Carrero. 

President Trump has been impeached for the second time, the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice, because of the insurrection. This means that the 25th Amendment was rejected by Vice President Pence, and the House of Representatives has approved the “Articles of Impeachment” that will be submitted to the Senate.  

The Senate will act as High Court of Impeachment and will need two-thirds majority vote to convict. If impeachment proceedings happen while a president is still in office, it can carry over after a president has resigned or their term has ended. 

The charges against President Trump under the Article of Impeachment are “incitement of insurrection,” which is a violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the office of President of the United States. His statements “encouraged and foreseeably resulted in lawless action on the Capitol.”  

It also states that his conduct followed efforts to “subvert and obstruct the certification of results of the 2020 Presidential election.” As he told his supporters, “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol… because you’ll never take back our country with weakness.” He also said, “when you catch somebody in a fraud, you are allowed to go by different rules.”  

The United States Capital houses one-third of the US governing body which includes: The Vice President, the Speaker of the House, 100 Senators, and 434 House Representatives. The few times they have joint session together is for the annual Presidential State of the Union address, count electoral college votes after a Presidential election, and convene after the Presidential Inauguration.  

If a conviction is reached, this could mean Trump loses his post-residency pension, he could be barred from running for any office ever again under a separate vote, and could possibly lose lifetime secret service protection.  

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