The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, will hold a press conference in the US Capitol on November 6, 2020 in Washington, USA, after the 2020 US presidential election.
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Parliament moved closer to the indictment of President Donald Trump on Monday, this time for inciting his supporters who invaded the U.S. Capitol during the congressional vote last week.
The Democrats introduced an impeachment article on Monday indicting Trump of high crimes and misdemeanors for sparking a riot and disrupting the peaceful transfer of power. The Chamber will take two separate steps to drive Trump’s removal, according to the office of Majority Leader of the House, Steny Hoyer, D-Md.
First, the House plans to pass a resolution Tuesday night calling on Vice President Mike Pence and the cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. Pence refused to take the step. Then the house will meet on Wednesday morning to consider impeachment.
Reps Jamie Raskin, D-Md., David Cicilline, DR.I., and Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Headed the impeachment article launched Monday, although it is unclear whether the House will ultimately consider this move or one separate. In a tweeted statement Monday, Cicilline said the article had at least 213 co-sponsors. He added, “We now have the votes to prosecute.”
The whole house would need a majority of 218 votes to indict Trump. The number could be lower due to vacancies and absences. Democrats hold 222 seats.
Although the Trump administration has only eight days left, the indictment could expel him from public office in the future.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) speaks to Capitol Hill reporters about an impeachment article of President Donald Trump alleging “incitement” for his role in the Washington Capitol attack last week , United States, was indicted on January 11, 2021.
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During a brief pro forma house meeting on Monday, Hoyer unanimously tried to pass Raskin’s 25th amendment, which will see the entire house vote on Tuesday. Rep. Alex Mooney, RW.V., disagreed.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Said the 25th amendment was the most effective way to remove Trump. In a statement Monday, she said the House wanted Pence to respond to the resolution “within 24 hours of it being passed”.
“The next step will be to get the impeachment legislation on the ground. The president’s threat to America is urgent, as are our actions,” she said.
Parliament is likely to vote against Trump just days before President-elect Joe Biden takes office a week from Wednesday. Democrats say that taking action against Trump by then will increase the risk of more violence and prevent the president unscathed from triggering a mob to storm the Capitol, resulting in the deaths of a police officer and four other people, and the lives of Pence and Pence threatened legislators. A second officer who had been to the Capitol died off duty that weekend, and the cause of death was not disclosed.
Trump admonished his supporters outside the White House to march on the Capitol just before the Capitol siege, repeating lies that a widespread fraud cost him the November elections. On the day of the vote, he falsely claimed that Pence had the authority to stop the count itself and send the process back to states.
Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill about an impeachment article against President Donald Trump alleging “inciting insurrection” for his role in last week’s attack on the Capitol in Washington, United States, Jan. January 2021.
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In the impeachment article penned by Raskin, Cicilline and Lieu, titled “Incitement to Insurrection,” Trump is accused of “involvement in high crimes and misdemeanors in inciting violence against the United States government.” It cites his repeated false claims that widespread fraud led to Biden’s victory, and his comments to his supporters on Wednesday, including the claim that “if you don’t fight like hell, you will have no land”.
The article also points to Trump’s pressure on Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to undo Biden’s victory in the state.
The Senate likely won’t have time to convict and remove Trump before the president leaves office. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Said in a memo that the chamber would not receive any impeachment articles until Jan. 19, according to NBC News. The Senate must immediately initiate a process as soon as it has received impeachment proceedings from the House.
James Clyburn, DS.C., told CNN on Sunday that the House could postpone submitting articles to the Senate until after Biden’s first 100 days in office. He fears that the Senate, spending time on trial in the early days of administration, would hamper Biden’s early agenda, which would include ratification of cabinet members and anti-coronavirus legislation.
The White House and the House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Have argued that impeachment would divide the country. McCarthy, who refused to count Biden’s valid and certified election victories in Arizona and Pennsylvania even after the mob stormed the Capitol, said he had turned to Biden to help unite the country.
Proponents of impeachment have said that if Trump is not held accountable for attacking the democratic process, another uprising is more likely.
Until the Senate votes on the impeachment, the chamber could be split 50% between Democrats and Republicans. While the Chamber couldn’t remove Trump from office at this point, it could prevent him from becoming president again if he tried to run for office in 2024.
If all Democrats vote to condemn Trump, 17 Republicans would have to join them to meet the required two-thirds threshold. It is now unclear whether Democrats can muster that much GOP support.
Two Senate Republicans, Lisa Murkowski from Alaska and Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania, have called on Trump to step down. Another, Ben Sasse, of Nebraska, said he would “look into” all impeachment articles the House sent to the Senate.
Senator Mitt Romney, R-Utah, was the only GOP Senator who voted to remove Trump from office last year.