Second Trump Impeachment Explained

Donald Trump was impeached for a second time, becoming the first president of the United States to do so.

Capitol Attack

The impeachment was sought after Trump held a “Stop the Steal” rally on January 6, 2021. In his speech to the rally, Trump encouraged supporters to march on the U.S. Capitol.

In the ensuing attack on the Capitol, the lives of multiple congressional leaders were threatened and 5 people died in the course of the attack.


Democrats chose not to call witnesses during the trial. For a brief moment on February 13 it was announced that witnesses would be called and the Senate voted to do so, but the decision was changed.


The Senate voted 57 to 43 to convict Trump but the vote was short of the 67 needed to convict him. No Democrats voted to acquit, while all votes to acquit Trump were Republican. Seven Republicans crossed party lines to vote to convict Trump. It is the most bipartisan vote on impeachment in U.S. history.

The Republicans who voted to convict Trump were: Sens. Lisa Murkowski (AK), Richard Burr (NC), Bill Cassidy (LA), Susan Collins (ME), Mitt Romney (UT), Pat Toomey (PA) and Ben Sasse (NE).

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voted to acquit Trump. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the failure to convict Trump was a “vote of infamy.”

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