Vermont delegation demands accountability as Trump faces second impeachment

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On Wednesday, one week from Inauguration Day, Congress will decide whether to impeach President Trump, again. 

All that is needed is a majority vote in the House of Representatives. If that happens, he’ll become the first U.S. president to be impeached twice

On January 6, moments before pro-Trump supporters stormed the nation’s Capitol, President Trump said, “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.” A comment that contributed to chaos and, in turn, prompted impeachment charges against him for inciting the insurrection. 

“If the House of Representatives just ignored that, then they’re not doing their job,” said Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. 

The most senior member of the U.S. Senate says our country’s leader needs to be held accountable.  

“…Five people died as a result. To say nothing about the destruction of property, the theft, assaults…that is a crime,” said Leahy.  

Jared Carter, constitutional law professor with Vermont Law School explains if the House votes to impeach Trump, it will then be up to the Senate to convict or remove him from office. 

“I think it’s pretty likely that the president will be impeached for the second time. The first president in the history of the United States to be impeached twice,” said Carter. 

However, Carter says it’s unlikely Trump will face removal especially as he is one week away from the end of his term.  

“He’s not going to be removed in eight days by the Senate. I think there is no question there…to my mind. But if you read the articles of impeachment, they are focused just as much on the disqualification component,” said Carter.  

However, Carter says Trump can still be convicted by the Senate, even after he steps down. Under the Constitution, the Senate could disqualify him or forbid him from holding federal office again.

Other Vermonters support this effort. Congressman Peter Welch said in statement: “I will vote again to impeach the president for his thuggish attack on our democracy.”  

Senator Bernie Sanders said on Twitter: “It must be made clear that no president, now or in the future, can lead an insurrection against the us government.” 

 Even Governor Phil Scott was reportedly the first republican governor in the country to call for Trump’s impeachment.  

 “Vermont has historically been a leader in this country. We’re a small state but we have pressed the envelope when it comes to leading on important issues,” said Carter.  

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