Breaking: U.S. House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Donald Trump

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The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Donald Trump, making him the only president in American history to be impeached twice.

House lawmakers charged Trump with one article of impeachment for “incitement of insurrection,” citing his role in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, in which five people died.

Ten Republicans joined the Democratic majority to vote for impeachment.  The final vote in the House chamber was 231 to 197, with all of the no votes coming from Republicans and five members not voting.  The number of votes required for the article to pass was 217.

While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has declined to yet say publicly when the House will send the article over to the Senate, a source involved in the Democratic leadership deliberations told ABC News earlier Wednesday that Pelosi plans to send the article to the Senate next week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office confirmed earlier in the day that the Senate will not return early for an impeachment trial, so the earliest the trial could start is January 19, the day before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.