U.S. Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on Wednesday, December 30, 2020.
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House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi urged the House of Representatives to press ahead with impeachment if President Donald Trump does not resign after helping fuel the deadly mob takeover of the U.S. Capitol, she said Friday.
“It is the hope of the members that the president resigns immediately,” said the California Democrat in a statement after a call to her caucus. “But if he doesn’t, I have instructed the regulatory committee to stand ready to push legislation on Congressman Jamie Raskin’s 25th amendment and impeachment.”
The House Rules Committee is expected to expedite the impeachment process without hearing or voting by the committee. Those steps would slow the process down just days before Trump left office on Jan. 20. The separate Pelosi bill, drafted by Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, would formally set up a commission for Vice President Mike Pence and the cabinet could remove Trump from office.
The president has given no indication that he will consider resigning. The vice president reportedly denies appeal to the 25th amendment.
The House has been preparing to indict Trump an unprecedented second time after the President’s supporters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday and delayed Congress formal counting of President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory. At least five people, including a US Capitol police officer, died as a result of the attack on lawmakers.
Raskin and Rep. David Cicilline, DR.I., and Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Plan to introduce at least one impeachment article on Monday referring to Trump causing the riots, NBC News reported.
Trump spoke to his supporters before they marched on the Capitol and voiced conspiracy theories that cost him the election. He lied to her about the results for two months before confirming Thursday that a “new government” would take over.
In a draft impeachment trial, “Incitement to Insurrection,” received by NBC News, Trump is accused of “involvement in high crimes and misdemeanors by intentionally inciting violence against the United States government.” It goes on to say that Trump “threatened the integrity of the democratic system, disrupted peaceful transfers of power, and compromised a coordinated branch of government by” betraying “his confidence as President in order to prevent the apparent harm to the people of the United States.”
The content of the article can change before Monday. In a tweeted statement, Lieu said the measure has more than 150 co-sponsors. He added that “doing nothing is not an option”.
Massachusetts MP Katherine Clark, the fourth-tier House Democrat, previously told CNN that the Chamber could take action against Trump “as early as the middle of next week.”
Democrats have called for Trump to be removed as they warn that he could further deteriorate democratic institutions or endanger more lives in his final days in office.
In a statement Friday, White House spokesman Judd Deere said the indictment, “A president with 12 days remaining will only serve to further divide our great country.”
It’s unclear if Democrats have enough time to remove the president before inauguration day – or how many Republicans will join them. Kevin McCarthy, minority chairman of the House of Representatives, who opposed counting Biden’s election victories in Arizona and Pennsylvania after the mob attacked the Capitol, spoke out against impeachment because it would “only divide our country further.”
Pelosi and Senate Minority Chairman Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., on Thursday called on Pence and Trump’s cabinet to remove Trump, citing the 25th amendment. They said he could not stay in office after instigating a “riot”. More than 190 other lawmakers, only one of whom is Republican, have also called for Trump to be removed since the attack.
Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, called on Trump to resign but did not comment on the impeachment.
Pelosi and Schumer said invoking the 25th amendment, which requires support from Pence and a majority in the cabinet, is the quickest way to ensure the president leaves office. While officials like Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the prospect of Trump being removed, they decided not to take the move for now.
The day after hundreds of rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said again that Vice President Mike Pence should invoke the 25th amendment to recall President Donald Trump, otherwise she will face impeachment proceedings during a press conference The President will usher in Capitol Hill in Washington, DC January 7, 2021.
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In a letter to the Democrats on Friday, Pelosi said she and Schumer “hope to hear about it.” [Pence] as soon as possible “on whether to invoke the 25th Amendment.
“If the president does not leave office immediately and willingly, Congress will continue our action,” she wrote.
House Justice Committee chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, DN.Y., said Thursday that lawmakers could take steps to expedite the impeachment process.
“We have limited time to act,” said Nadler in a statement. “The nation cannot afford a lengthy process, and I support putting impeachment proceedings right on the floor of the House.”
According to NBC, Pelosi wanted to speak to Biden about the process on Friday. The president-elect said Friday that he would leave it to Congress to decide what action to take before it is inaugurated.
The Democratic house would have enough support to indict Trump, likely with a handful of Republican votes. The chamber did this once in December 2019.
But the GOP-controlled Senate, which acquitted the president last year, could not follow suit. Only one Republican – Mitt Romney of Utah – voted to remove Trump after his first impeachment trial.
Until elected Democratic Senators Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff of Georgia are sworn in to seal a Democratic majority, Republicans will have a 51-48 lead in the Senate. A two-thirds vote to remove Trump would require 66 votes, with 18 Republicans on board.
At least one Republican who first voted against removing Trump would now consider doing so more seriously.
“When the House gets together and has a lawsuit, I would definitely consider what articles they could move because, like I told you, I believe the President disregarded his oath of office … what he did was evil” , Senator Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Told CBS on Friday.
Senator Lindsey Graham, RS.C., argued in a Friday tweet that the charges against Trump would now “do more harm than good.” He said efforts to remove a president who contributed to a siege of the Capitol “would not only be unsuccessful in the Senate, it would set a dangerous precedent for the future of the presidency.”
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