The US House of Representatives votes today, Wednesday, to accuse President Donald Trump of inciting the revolt, after his supporters stormed the Capitol. This makes Trump the first president to face charges twice before Congress.
The following is a review of the most prominent sequence of events that led to this historic vote in the House of Representatives, which is under the control of the Democrats:
1- Trump supporters gathered
While Congress was holding a session on January 6 to confirm the victory of Joe Biden in the presidential elections, Trump was speaking at a gathering of his supporters near the White House, in which he repeated the accusations of stealing the elections, and encouraged them to go to the Capitol.
Although he asked them to demonstrate “peacefully and nationally,” his speech included “sharp” phrases, such as saying, “You will never take back our country if you are weak, and you must show strength, and you must be strong.” The crowd replied, “Let’s fight for Trump.”
2- Mike Pence under pressure
Also during his speech, Trump urged Vice President Mike Pence – who presided over the validation session – to show “courage” and derail the process.
But Pence rejected that in a letter, stressing that the constitution gives him a protocol role, and does not allow him to do what Trump is asking him.
3- Storming the Capitol
While the Senate and House of Representatives were counting votes to approve the election result, thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building, smashing windows and doors, in an attack that surprised the security forces.
Security agents rushed to transfer parliamentarians to shelters, and the crowd stormed the corridors of Congress chanting “Hang Mike Pence,” and “Where is Nancy,” in reference to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
5 people were killed during these events, including a supporter of Trump who was shot by a security officer, and a policeman who died later in hospital.
Parliamentarians and advisers asked Trump to demand his supporters to stop, and after a delay, Trump did so through a tweet and a short video, and asked his supporters to “return to their homes”, telling them at the same time, “We love you, you are unique.”
4- Confirming Biden’s victory
Hours later, after all the rioters had gone and security had been established on the Capitol, Congress resumed its session and finally approved the election results at dawn.
And a number of Republican senators intended to vote against ratifying the results in some states that Biden won, but some of them abandoned this idea after the violence.
5- Resignations and suspension of Trump’s Twitter account
Face Trump Thursday the past A series of resignations presented by officials in his administration, including Transportation Secretary Eileen Chau and Education Betsy DeVos, The capitol police chief also submitted his resignation.
After the account of the outgoing Republican president was temporarily suspended, Twitter announced Friday that the suspension had become final due to “risks of new incitement to violence.”
Facebook later suspended Trump accounts for an indefinite period, and YouTube joined them today, Wednesday.
6- Pelosi ultimatum
She invited House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Friday Trump to resign, believing that if he is rejected, his deputy, Pence, should dismiss him by activating Amendment 25 in the US Constitution.
And she warned that if Pence refuses, the House of Representatives will indict Trump for a second time, a situation unprecedented in the history of the United States.
7 – A vote on the dismissal procedure
On Tuesday evening, Pence refused to resort to Amendment 25 to exempt the president from his duties, and the House of Representatives began discussions on Wednesday about Trump’s indictment.
Republicans could support this initiative, such as Liz Cheney, the party’s third official in the House.
The indictment will trigger an impeachment measure in the Senate, but the date is uncertain, because the House will not meet until January 19, on the eve of Joe Biden’s inauguration as president, and thus this could weigh on the first months of his term.