US House impeaches Trump for second time

US lawmakers have voted to impeach President Donald Trump for a historic second time. Ten Republican lawmakers broke ranks to vote to impeach the president. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Trump a "clear and present danger" to the country.

The impeachment resolution won majority support in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Pelosi said, "Today in a bipartisan way, the House demonstrated that no one is above the law. Not even the President of the United States."

The process will now move to the Senate for a trial. A two-thirds majority is required to convict and remove the president.

The resolution charged Trump with "incitement of insurrection" for his role in the deadly riot at the US Capitol last week.

Trump is the first US president to be impeached twice. He was first impeached in December 2019 over allegations of applying improper pressure on Ukraine.

It's extremely unusual for impeachment procedures to be initiated against a president whose term expires in just a week.

In a video released by the White House on Wednesday, Trump did not mention the impeachment, but called on Americans to "ease tensions and calm tempers."

On the potential for further riots ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, Trump said there must be no violence or vandalism.

He added that thousands of National Guard troops will be in Washington to ensure safety and an orderly transition.