Democrats move to impeach Trump as fears grow over further US unrest

Democrats move to impeach Trump as fears grow over further US unrest

US president accused of inciting insurrection amid worries of more violence in run-up to Biden inauguration

House Democrats on Monday introduced an article of impeachment against Donald Trump for the second time, levelling an unprecedented charge against the US president of inciting an insurrection.

The move came amid growing concern over the risk of more unrest in the days leading up to Joe Biden’s inauguration as president on January 20 following last week’s assault on the US Capitol.

US media reported an FBI warning of potential violence and “armed protests” at 50 state capitols across the country while the White House issued an emergency declaration for Washington to facilitate co-ordination between federal and local authorities.

Democrats’ impeachment push is part of a last-ditch effort to force Mr Trump to leave the White House before the end of his term following the attack on Congress last week by a mob of his supporters.