"Trump exonerates" - this was the headline of American newspapers less than a year ago.

The day before, the Senate had rejected a conviction of Donald Trump.

Only one Republican, Mitt Romney, voted with the Democrats to impeach the president.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives indicted Trump again.

However, it is almost impossible that Trump will have to vacate the White House in less than a week before the end of his term in office.

What is the new impeachment about?

The Democrats and some Republicans accuse Trump of encouraging his fans to storm the Capitol during his stimulating speech last week to start the riot there.

"This was not a demonstration, this was a well-organized attack against our country, instigated by Donald Trump," said Democrat Jim McGovern in the House of Representatives debate on Wednesday.

The violent perpetrators are "traitors" and "domestic terrorists".

Trump must be held accountable for his actions.

MEP Judy Chu vividly described that she was afraid to open her office door that day.

“We were attacked by terrorists.

From terrorists who have been radicalized in this country by the president, ”said Chu.

The four-page indictment accuses Trump of "incitement to riot" as well as "serious crimes and misdemeanors".

How is the vote of the House of Representatives to be interpreted on Wednesday?


A green light for the impeachment process was to be expected, because the Democrats make up the majority in the House of Representatives.

You have 222 MPs and the Republicans have 211. 232 Congressmen voted in favor of the indictment and 197 voted against.

So that shows: ten Republicans are calling for the incumbent president to be deposed.

This is an essential difference to the impeachment procedure a good year ago.

Back then, not a single Republican voted yes.

On the contrary: even from the ranks of the Democrats there were no votes at the time.

What's next?

With the green light of the House of Representatives, its spokeswoman, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, can determine when to submit the indictment to the Senate.

The Senate will not convene again until after the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden.

This is what the (outgoing) Republican majority leader there, Mitch McConnell, decided.

Will the Senate condemn Trump this time?

Completely open, the political situation is volatile.

It's not even clear yet when the second chamber of Congress will vote.

The hurdles for a conviction are extremely high.

Two thirds of the Senate would have to support this.

Starting January 20, Democrats and Republicans will each have 50 Senators.

In addition to all Democrats, at least 17 Republicans would have to vote for a condemnation of the - then former - President Trump.


So far, the Republican Ben Sasse has been fundamentally open to this.

Senators Lisa Murkowski and Pat Toomey unsuccessfully urged Trump to resign.

Trump's golf buddy, Senator Lindsey Graham, said impeachment would "do far more harm than good."

The Republican vote will largely depend on the extent to which Trump and the Republican Party will become estranged from each other in the coming weeks.

What's the point of impeachment if Trump no longer has any office?

The bewilderment about Trump, the stimulation of his fans and the late, diaper-soft words about the violence of the pro-Trump mob have shaken the USA.

Trump must be sanctioned for this, Democrats and some Republicans are convinced.

You have to make an example, they argue.

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders wrote on Twitter that some people wondered why there was an attempt to remove a president whose term was about to end.

"The answer: precedent," tweeted Sanders.

"It must be made clear that no president, now or in the future, can lead an insurrection against the US government."

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Does Trump lose the right to run for president again with a conviction?


But it is quite possible that Congress will pass a separate resolution to expel Trump from public office.

Some Republicans, especially those who want to run for president in 2024, should hope so.

Whether or not they dare to speak this out publicly is another matter entirely.

How does the Republican Party feel about Trump?


The majority are loyal to him, but loyalty is eroding.

That was seen on Wednesday during the debate in the House of Representatives.

On the one hand, the most loyal of Trump's loyalists showed themselves here, such as MP Matt Gaetz.

He repeated Trump's absurd, conspiracy theoretic slogans about the presidential election he had lost on November 3rd.

“The dead have voted,” Gaetz called into the plenary, for example, without recognizing Biden's election victory.

While discussing the storming of the Capitol, he focused on the Black Lives Matter protests that summer, on the edge of which there had been violence.

(The left-wing activists had not penetrated the Capitol; they had not even tried to.) On the other hand, their minority leader Kevin McCarthy showed how thin the ice is for the Republicans.

He gave the most revealing speech.

He called the pro-Trump mob "undemocratic, un-American, criminal" and rejected the slogans customary in right-wing circles that the attack on the Capitol was in fact the "Antifa".

There is "no evidence" for this.

McCarthy did not turn against impeachment in general, but against "impeachment in such a short time".

He called for a commission of inquiry.

Trump carries responsibility, is not free from guilt.

"He should have denounced the mob as soon as he saw what was going on," said the Republican parliamentary group leader and appealed to Trump: "Make sure that President-elect Biden can successfully begin his term of office." One week earlier, one more week after storming the Capitol, McCarthy had questioned the legitimacy of the election result.

The internal party dynamic among the Republicans is great - and tends to turn against Trump.

They do not have a clear stance - neither in terms of impeachment nor in their view of the outcome of the presidential election.

What is Trump doing?


On Tuesday he visited the border wall with Mexico in Texas, complained again about the election result, admitted no guilt for the violence in and around the Capitol.

To date, he has not admitted his defeat, and has not congratulated Biden.

The other day Trump bestowed the highest American medal on MP Jim Jordan, a loyal supporter.

So the last days of power flow by.

Trump's schedule has been blank for weeks.

Every day the White House tells the media: “President Trump will work from early morning until late at night.

He's going to make a lot of calls and have a lot of meetings. "

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On Wednesday he showed up in the Oval Office.

That afternoon, the White House sent out a statement from Trump.

It said, in view of reports of further demonstrations, "I demand that there may be NO violence, NO breach of the law and NO vandalism of any kind".

Trump claimed, "This is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for." He calls on all Americans to help ease tension and "calm down".

What does Trump think about impeachment?

Trump thinks this is a "witch hunt," as he said on Tuesday.

He's likely to rage, especially about those Republicans who are in favor of impeachment (or who are demanding his resignation).

He is character and intellectually incapable of self-critical reflection.

Should Trump even think about founding a third party, a kind of Trump party?

The more Republicans distance themselves from him, the greater such seduction could be.

Trump is already an exceptional figure in history: He was "impeached" twice like no other president before.

Two of the four impeachment trials in America's history were against him.

He only served one term - and won absolutely fewer votes than his challengers in both elections.