A vote in the House of Representatives on Tuesday showed strong support for the ousting of President Donald Trump following the violent attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6.
House lawmakers voted Tuesday between 223 and 205 years old to pass a resolution by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) calling on Vice President Mike Pence to use the process described in the 25th amendment to get Trump to step down to force. One Republican – MP Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) – voted alongside the Democrats for the resolution.
While the resolution is non-binding – and Pence has already said he will not invoke the 25th amendment – the vote has captured House support in favor of Trump’s impeachment. Several Republicans, including MPs Liz Cheney (R-WY), John Katko (R-NY) and Kinzinger (R-IL), announced earlier on the day that they would support Trump’s impeachment, which will be voted on Wednesday .
In particular, the House Republicans have no plans to take the impeachment decision, CNN and Politico reported. In other words, while most of the GOP members of the House are expected to vote against the indictment against the president, party leaders will not attempt to convince the small group of lawmakers planning one defect to do otherwise to do.
Calls for Trump’s resignation or recall have increased since January 6, when the president urged his supporters to march to the Capitol and express their concern about the confirmation of the election results. The 25th Amendment – which allows the Vice President and a majority in the Cabinet to declare and enforce a President “unable to perform the powers and duties of his office” resign – was seen as the quickest way to remove Trump, although Pence has already said he won’t go that route.
The House will ponder an impeachment article on Wednesday accusing Trump of instigating a riot. With the vast majority of Democrats on board, Trump is poised to become the first U.S. president in history to be charged twice.
The House Democrats’ next steps to impeachment are briefly explained
Tuesday’s 25th Amendment resolution is the first of two votes the House will receive in its attempt to remove Trump from office.
The House will introduce an impeachment article on Wednesday morning which will be voted on later that day. According to Rep. David Cicilline, one of the authors, the Democrats had 217 co-sponsors on Tuesday afternoon for the resolution.
The House will vote on the single impeachment article, accusing Trump of “inciting insurrection” for his role in encouraging a crowd of his supporters who later stormed the Capitol. Trump spoke to a crowd before the uprising at a “Save America Rally” where he repeatedly said the elections were “stolen” and asked them to march to the Capitol “to see if we can make great and brave leaders Have or not, or whether or not, we have leaders who should be ashamed of themselves in history, in eternity. “
In their impeachment article, the Democrats also mention Trump’s recent phone call to Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger, in which he encouraged Raffensperger to “find” more than 11,000 votes in order to overthrow the election. It also refers to Trump’s rhetoric that the November election was “fraudulent,” a lie he has repeated since his loss.
But the biggest thing Democrats focus on is how Trump’s continued lies led to violence and death in DC. This marked the first time Capitol Hill had been breached since the British invasion of 1812 – and the first time by American citizens.
If the House passes the impeachment process, Pelosi will refer it to the Senate. Until then, the Democrats could be staring at a long process that remains only a few days into Trump’s tenure. Some, including Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), are concerned that Biden’s ability to approve his cabinet candidates and pass critical parts of his agenda could be affected.
“We have to put our government together quickly – that’s the most important thing we should do,” Manchin told the Post last week. “We don’t need any more political theater.”
Impeachment proceedings could coincide with the beginnings of Biden’s administration
According to a memo from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Senate will not meet for regular business until Jan. 19, unless legislature unanimously agrees earlier. Given the likely Republican opposition to an earlier start, the Senate will likely not be in full session for another week.
That date means the start of an impeachment trial would coincide with the start of the Biden administration, which officially begins after Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were sworn in on Jan. 20, McConnell has urged the Upper Chamber to use emergency powers that under a 2004 law established to convene again.
According to the law, the majority and minority leaders of the Senate can convene the Senate again in emergencies – essentially bypassing the unanimous approval – if both legislators agree. On Tuesday, Schumer said: “This is a time of emergency.”
“The bottom line is that Leader McConnell has the option to call us back to the meeting. And then we can impeach Donald Trump and put him on trial, ”he added. “We hope McConnell will.”
McConnell has not yet commented on whether he would agree to this agreement, but it is unlikely that he will. As a result, starting in late January, the Senate will reconcile both an impeachment process and its own legislative agenda and confirmations for Biden’s cabinet candidates.
House majority whip Jim Clyburn previously suggested that the House could hold back sending impeachments to delay a possible trial, but some Democrats – including Majority Leader Steny Hoyer – argue earlier is better. Once the House has sent impeachment proceedings to the Senate, the upper chamber must begin the process shortly thereafter.
Exactly how this will look in practice is not yet clear: Biden has suggested that the Senate could split up its time by tackling laws and nominations in the morning and running the impeachment process later in the day. “Can we spend half a day impeachment and half a day nominating and approving my people in the Senate and developing the package?” Biden appeared to propose on Monday.
During the 2020 trial of Trump, Senate time was also split between impeachment and other legislative matters, Politico reported. In an interview with Buffalo News, Schumer signaled that the upper chamber would likely take this approach.
“We have to do several things at the same time, but we also have to move the agenda. Yes, we have to do both, ”he said.
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