The United States House of Representatives made history by impeaching a president for a second time, indicting President Donald Trump a week before he leaves office for inciting last week's deadly Capitol Hill riot.
Ten Republican Congressmen also joined the Democrats to vote in favour of an article of impeachment on Wednesday that charged Trump with a count of "incitement of insurrection" for his actions on January 6, when he delivered a speech inciting his supporters to storm the US Capitol.
With the Capitol secured by armed National Guard troops inside and out, the House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump.
The violence temporarily halted the counting of Electoral College votes and resulted in the deaths of five individuals, including a police officer.
The 25th Amendment, adopted more than 50 years ago in the wake of President John F Kennedy's assassination, provides a mechanism for the succession of the president for his or her replacement in the event he or she proves unfit to serve. Under the amendment, the vice president and a majority of either the Cabinet or some other body designated by Congress may remove the president from office.
Here are some photographs from the impeachment process.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi presides over the vote to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time, a week after his supporters stormed the Capitol building, on the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
Laurie Arbeiter protests against US President Donald Trump near the US Capitol building, as the House of Representatives debates impeaching him. Photograph: Brandon Bell/Reuters
USHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi shows the article of impeachment against US President Donald Trump after signing it in an engrossment ceremony at the US Capitol. Photograph: Leah Millis /Reuters
National Guard members sleep in the Capitol Vistor's Center on Capitol Hill before Democrats begin debating one article of impeachment against Trump at the US Capitol. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters
A protest sign reading "Impeach" is seen on Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House one week after rioters stormed the US Capitol building. Photograph: /Erin Scott/Reuters
National Guard members eat lunch outside the US Capitol as Democrats debate one article of impeachment against Trump. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters
The flag above the White House is still at half-staff as the House debates articles of impeachment against President Trump. Photograph: Erin Scott/Reuters