House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that the House will continue with the impeachment process against President Donald Trump as she presses Vice President Mike Pence to invoke constitutional authority to remove Trump from office at the sequel to last week’s deadly assault on the Capitol.
On Monday, Pelosi’s management team will call for a vote on a resolution calling on the Vice President and Cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment, a constitutional provision that allows the Vice President and Cabinet to remove the President from office if they deem him incapable of doing so. perform their duties.
Pence and the Cabinet would have 24 hours to act before the House proceeds with the impeachment.
“We will act urgently, as this president poses an imminent threat,” Pelosi said in a letter Sunday evening to his colleagues.
“The horror of the continued attack on our democracy perpetrated by this president intensifies, as does the need for immediate action.”
A stunning end to Trump’s last 10 days in power was underway as politicians warned of the damage the president could still do ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.
Trump, locked in the White House, was increasingly isolated after a mob riot on Capitol Hill to support his bogus allegations of voter fraud. Five people have been killed in the violence at the Capitol in Washington, DC.
Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania joined Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska in calling on Trump to “step down and leave as soon as possible.”
In a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday, Pelosi invoked the Watergate era when Senate Republicans told President Richard Nixon, “It’s over.
“This is what has to happen now,” she said.
With impeachment planning intensifying, Toomey said he doubts the impeachment can be done before Biden’s inauguration, although a growing number of politicians believe this step is necessary to ensure Trump can never again occupy an elected office.
“I think the president disqualified himself from never, certainly, serving again,” Toomey said. “I don’t think he’s eligible in any way.
While many have criticized Trump, Republicans have said impeachment will be a divisive factor in times of unity.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio said instead of rallying Democrats want to “talk about ridiculous things like ‘impeach a president'” with just a few days in office.
Still, some Republicans might be in favor.
Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse has said he will review any articles the House sends. Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger, a frequent critic of Trump, said he would “vote the right way” if the matter came to him.
The Democratic effort to stamp Trump’s presidential record – for the second time – with the indelible mark of impeachment had progressed rapidly since the riot.
Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, a leader in House efforts to write impeachment articles accusing Trump of inciting an insurgency, said on Sunday his group had more than 200 co-sponsors.
The articles, if passed by the House, could then be sent to the Senate for trial, with senators acting as jurors to acquit or convict Trump.
If found guilty, Trump would be removed from office and succeeded by the vice president. It would be the first time that a US president has been deposed twice.
What this meant for Biden and the start of his presidency potentially complicated Pelosi’s decision on impeachment.
While reiterating that he has long viewed Trump as unfit for office, Biden avoided an impeachment question on Friday, saying what Congress did “it’s up to them to decide.”
A violent and largely white mob of Trump supporters overpowered police, crossed security lines and windows and ransacked the Capitol on Wednesday, forcing lawmakers to disperse as they finalized Biden’s victory over Trump in Electoral College.
The US Congress finally certified Biden’s victory.