The United States House of Representatives will debate an impeachment article on Wednesday, accusing President Donald Trump of “serious crimes” for “incitement to insurgency” following his actions and remarks leading up to the siege of the 6th. January from the US Capitol by a crowd of his supporters.
The House is expected to vote on Wednesday afternoon, and if the resolution passes, Trump will be the first U.S. president in history to be impeached twice.
If the House impeaches Trump, the article will go to the United States Senate, which must hold a trial to determine whether Trump should remain in office or be barred from serving in the future.
Here is the full text of the indictment article:
Indictment of Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for serious crimes and misdemeanors.
Resolved, That Donald John Trump, President of the United States, be indicted for serious crimes and misdemeanors and that the following impeachment article be presented to the United States Senate:
Article of impeachment presented by the United States House of Representatives on behalf of itself and the people of the United States of America, against Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, in support and support of his indictment against him for serious crimes and misdemeanors.
Article 1: Incitement to insurgency
The Constitution provides that the House of Representatives “shall have the sole power of impeachment” and that the president “shall be removed from office in the event of indictment, for and conviction for treason, corruption or other serious crimes and misdemeanors.” Further, Article 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution prohibits anyone who has “engaged in an insurgency or rebellion against” the United States from “withholding[ing] and office… in the United States. In his conduct as President of the United States – and in violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully perform the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, to preserve, provide, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States United States United States and in violation of his constitutional duty to ensure that the laws are faithfully carried out – Donald John Trump has engaged in serious crimes and misdemeanors by inciting violence against the United States government, in that:
On January 6, 2021, in accordance with the 12th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the Vice President of the United States, the House of Representatives and the Senate met on the United States Capitol for a joint session of Congress to count the votes of the electoral college. In the months leading up to the joint session, President Trump repeatedly issued false statements claiming that the presidential election results were the product of widespread fraud and should not be accepted by the American people or certified. by representatives of the state or the federal government. Shortly before the start of the joint session, President Trump addressed a crowd at the Ellipse in Washington, DC There he reiterated false claims that “we won this election, and we won it. won by a landslide ”. He also voluntarily made statements which, in context, encouraged – and presumably resulted – in lawless actions on Capitol Hill, such as: “If you don’t fight like hell, you will have no country.” . So prompted by President Trump, members of the crowd he addressed, in an attempt, among other objectives, to interfere with the solemn constitutional duty of the Joint Session to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. , unlawfully raped and vandalized the Capitol, injured and vandalized and killed law enforcement officials, threatened members of Congress, the Vice President and staff of Congress, and engaged in other violent acts, murderers, destroyers and seditious.
President Trump’s conduct on January 6, 2021 followed his earlier efforts to subvert and obstruct the certification of the 2020 presidential election results. These earlier efforts included a phone call on January 2, 2021, in which the president Trump urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn Georgia’s presidential election results and threatened Secretary Raffensperger if he does not. so.
In all of this, President Trump has seriously endangered the security of the United States and its government institutions. It threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power and endangered an equal branch of government. He thus betrayed his confidence as president, to the obvious prejudice of the people of the United States.
This is why Donald John Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy and the Constitution if he is allowed to remain in office, and has acted in an overt manner. incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law. Donald John Trump thus justifies impeachment and trial, dismissal from office and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit in the United States.