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Washington DC: US President-elect Joe Biden, on Wednesday, blamed President Donald Trump for the Capitol Hill violence and said that it was carried out by ‘terrorists incited by President Trump’. Biden’s sharp criticism came shortly after Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives for the January 6 violence which witnessed deaths of five people. Trump became the first President in US history to be impeached twice.
“This criminal attack was planned & coordinated. It was carried out by political extremists & domestic terrorists, who were incited to this violence by President Trump. It was an armed insurrection against the US and those responsible must be held accountable,” Biden said.
Biden hopes Senate will ‘deal with their Constitutional responsibilities’
“Last week, we saw an unprecedented assault on our democracy. It was unlike anything we have witnessed in the 244-year history of our nation,” he further added.
In an unprecedented development, 10 Republican representatives voted a ‘yes’ to Trump’s impeachment in the House. Trump is unlikely to be tried in the Senate before the inauguration of Joe Biden on January 20. It will thus avoid an unceremonious and premature exit for Trump.
Biden, however, hoped that the Senate will find a way to ‘deal with their constitutional responsibilities on impeachment’. “This nation also remains in the grip of a deadly virus and a reeling economy. I hope that the Senate leadership will find a way to deal with their Constitutional responsibilities on impeachment while also working on the other urgent business of this nation,” he said.