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Donald Trump has become the first US President in history to be impeached twice during their time in office.

Representatives voted this evening to formally charging the 45th President with inciting an insurrection just a week after a violent mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol.

He will now face trial in the US Senate, although it is unlikely he will appear before January 19 when Joe Biden is inaugurated.

The House backed impeachment by 232 votes to 197, with 10 Republicans breaking rank against their leader.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

It comes after ugly scenes unfolded in Washington last Wednesday after pro-Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building, with five people losing their lives.

During a debate in the House of Representatives ahead of the vote, speaker Nancy Pelosi asked Republicans and Democrats to “search their souls” ahead of the historic vote.

Pelosi called Trump a “clear and present danger to the nation we all love”,

A large presence of rifle-carrying National Guard troops stood inside and outside the Capitol as an emotional debate unfolded in the same chamber where lawmakers had crouched as rioters clashed with police officers outside the doors.

Pelosi said: “The president of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country.

“He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”

A spokesman for Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said the Republican leader would not agree to bring the chamber back immediately, all but ensuring a Senate trial could not begin at least until January 19.

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