Democrats in the House of Representatives have introduced a resolution containing a single article of impeachment against Donald Trump, charging him with “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the attack on the US Capitol last week.
It sets in motion a course that will likely result in a second impeachment for Mr Trump, making him the first ever US president to be impeached twice.
Impeachment is a mechanism by which Congress can remove a sitting president. Before Donald Trump, only two US presidents had been impeached.
Democrats are demanding that the president is removed from office after he incited a violent mob to attack the US Capitol on Jan 6.
The resolution noted that Mr Trump addressed a rally shortly before his supporters mounted the attack and says he made statements that “encouraged and foreseeably resulted in” the lawless actions at the Capitol.
As he addressed his supporters on January 6, Mr Trump told the crowd to march on Congress and “fight like hell” in his attempt to overturn his election defeat to Joe Biden.