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Donald Trump becomes first US president to be impeached twice

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Donald Trump has become the first US president to be impeached twice.

The Senate will hold a trial on whether Mr Trump is guilty over his role in last week's Capitol riots.

A total of 10 Republicans voted against their own party and Mr Trump, with the final result being 232 votes to impeach and 197 against.

It makes Mr Trump the first US president to be impeached twice after he was previously charged over his calls with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The outgoing US president was charged with inciting an insurrection following the deadly riots at the US Capitol last week.

It has seen Mr Trump banned from a string of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Twitch, and there has been little communication from the White House.

He gave a speech to his supporters ahead of the unrest, which saw five people die and dozens injured, who went on to storm the seat of congress.

Investigators have warned hundreds of people are likely to be charged over the rioting. Many of the criminal charges filed so far involve people whose photos went viral on social media.

The Senate will now hold a vote to establish whether Mr Trump is guilty and should be removed from office before President-Elect Joe Biden takes over.

It requires a two-thirds majority.

They can also vote to ban Mr Trump from standing for election ever again, which only requires a simple 50%+1 majority, but it is unlikely that will happen before Mr Biden takes office on January 20.

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