House Democrats To Introduce Article Of Impeachment Against Donald Trump
A group of House Democrats plan to introduce an article of impeachment against Donald Trump on Monday morning, charging him with inciting the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Trump “gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of government,” according to a draft of the resolution obtained by NBC News. “He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transfer of power, and imperiled a co-equal branch of government. He thereby betrayed his trust as president, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.”
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) are introducing the resolution, and it reportedly has more than 200 cosponsors.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday sent a letter to members indicating that the House first would seek to pass a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to remove Trump via the 25th Amendment. If that doesn’t happen, the House would then move on to impeachment.
The House impeached Trump in December, 2019, with no Republicans voting in favor and just one independent, then-Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI) voting for it. This time around, the House faces a truncated timeline, as Trump leaves office on Jan. 20. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated that the Senate could not hold a full trial by the time of Joe Biden’s inauguration.
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