U.S. lawmakers are pushing to impeach President Donald Trump for the recent deadly violence on Capitol Hill, as federal officials indicted more people on Saturday in the pro-Trump riot.
US Representative Ted Lieu said On Saturday, 180 lawmakers had signed an article of impeachment that would be presented to the House of Representatives on Monday.
Lieu tweeted the impeachment statement on Friday, which accuses Trump of engaging “in serious crimes by willfully inciting violence against the United States government.”
Trump “has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy and the Constitution if allowed to remain in power, and has acted in a manner manifestly incompatible with self-government and the rule of law », He declares.
Donald Trump willfully instigated his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol and disrupt the peaceful transition of power. He must be removed and fired. The articles of impeachment that we wrote with @RepCicillin and @DirRaskin now has more than 150 cosponsors. pic.twitter.com/zjk6i0Wcf4
– Representative Ted Lieu (@RepTedLieu) January 8, 2021
Rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6 as Congress convened to certify the electoral victory of President-elect Joe Biden. They had rallied to support Trump’s repeated claims that the November presidential competition was “stolen” from him.
The four-hour occupation of the seat of the US legislature shocked the country and raised questions about security preparations ahead of the well-planned and publicized event.
Five people, including a rioter who was shot dead by police as they tried to enter the Chamber’s bedroom and a Capitol policeman hit by a fire extinguisher, died in the incident.
Trump ultimately condemned the violence in a video released Thursday, swearing that “those who broke the law, you will pay.” But in a separate statement, he said he totally disagreed “with the outcome of the election.”
No more rioters arrested
Meanwhile, in a statement released on Saturday, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) said it arrested and charged two men whose participation in the Capitol Riot went viral, as well as a Virginia state lawmaker. -Western who reportedly broadcast live his illegal entry into the building. .
The FBI said they identified Jacob Anthony Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, of Arizona, as the man “seen in media coverage who entered the Capitol building dressed in horns, a headdress in bearskin, in red, white and blue paint, naked torso and beige pants ”.
Chansley has been charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a building or restricted land without legal permission, as well as violent entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds, the FBI said.
Chansley is a supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory and has been the mainstay outside the Arizona Capitol since 2019, according to the Arizona Republic newspaper.
The FBI also identified Adam Johnson, 36, as the man who was allegedly seen smiling as he carried the lectern of US President of the House Nancy Pelosi through the rotunda of the Capitol complex.
The man identified as Johnson wears a knitted beanie that says “Trump” and “45” and looks bubbly during the chaotic scene.
Johnson, a resident of Parrish, Fla., Was arrested Friday night and charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a building or restricted land without legal authorization, theft of government property, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds .
In its statement on Saturday, the FBI also said that Derrick Evans, a 35-year-old man recently elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates, had been arrested and charged in connection with the events.
On Friday, the FBI said 13 more people were facing federal charges. Approximately 40 people have been indicted to date in the Superior Court in Washington, DC.
Push for an investigation
The riot on Capitol Hill rekindled calls primarily from Democrats – but also some Republicans – for Trump to be removed from office before his term expires, either by Accused or the invocation of 25th amendment.
“It is important to remove and condemn this president even if he only has a few days left in office. It will set a precedent, ”Democrat MP Ilhan Omar tweeted on Saturday afternoon. “We must make it clear that no president can lead an insurgency against the US government. What we do today will matter for the rest of this nation’s history.
The deadly violence has also prompted the resignation of the Capitol Police Chief and House Sergeant-at-Arms – and prompted demands for a full investigation into what happened.
In a series of tweets on Saturday, Representative Tim Ryan, chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee, which oversees the Capitol Police, denounced the “epic failure” of intelligence and preparedness.
At least five people have lost their lives as a result of what happened last week, and our national security has been seriously threatened. Not only do we have to get to the bottom of how and why this was allowed, we have a duty to ensure that it NEVER happens again.
– Congressman Tim Ryan (@RepTimRyan) January 9, 2021
He said the committee was working with federal authorities to identify the rioters, who he said had committed an act of “domestic terrorism.”
Ryan has also vowed to thoroughly investigate videos showing Capitol Hill police taking selfies with rioters and allowing them to pass barricades.
“Not only do we have to get to the bottom of how and why it was allowed, but we have a duty to ensure that it never happens again,” he said.