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The House moved closer to the indictment of President Donald Trump on Monday, this time over inciting his supporters who invaded the U.S. Capitol during the Congress’ election 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 three lawmakers leading the effort – Representatives Jamie Raskin, D-Md., David Cicilline, DR.I., and Ted Lieu, D-Calif. Let’s say at least 210 members of the House co-sponsored the measure. It is unclear whether their article is the one the board would ultimately consider.
That puts them just ahead of the 218-vote majority required to indict Trump in the House, although the number could be lower due to vacancies and absences. Democrats hold 222 seats.
Although the Trump administration only has eight days left, the prosecution could expel him from public office in the future.
During a brief pro forma meeting Monday, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Also unanimously tried to pass Raskin’s resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th amendment to Remove Trump from office. Representative Alex Mooney, RW.V., disagreed. The Democrats are expected to pass the resolution by full vote on Tuesday.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Said the 25th amendment was the most effective way to remove Trump. She said the House would resume impeachment if the executive doesn’t act.
“We will act urgently in protecting our Constitution and our democracy as this President poses an imminent threat to both,” she wrote. “As the days go by, the horror of our president’s ongoing attack on our democracy increases, as does the immediate need for action.”
Parliament will likely vote to indict Trump by the end of this week, 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, killing a policeman and four others, and killing Pence and Pence threatened legislators. A second police officer who was in the Capitol that weekend died off duty, 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 power to stop the count itself and send the process back to states.
In the impeachment article penned by Raskin, Cicilline and Lieu, titled “Incitement to Insurrection,” Trump is accused of “involvement in high crimes and misdemeanors by 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 run out of 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 condemn Trump and remove him 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 coronavirus control 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 will be 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.