The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives has launched a process to impeach outgoing US President Donald Trump for the second time in his term, in the space of 12 months.
With only seven days left for him in office, Democrats have raced against the clock to impeach Trump for incitement to storm the Capitol last Wednesday, dispensing with the usual procedures to try to vote on articles of impeachment in the aftermath. midday.
Trump has been unrepentant about the riot that resulted in the deaths of five people, including a police officer, after his supporters rally against the election of Joe Biden as president and Kamala Harris as vice president alleging fraud during the vote.
Late Tuesday night, the House passed a resolution demanding that Pence assume the presidency by invoking Article 25 of the Constitution which allows him, acting with a cabinet majority, to impeach Trump.
Even before the House passed the resolution, Pence wrote to Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “I will not give in now to the efforts of the House of Representatives to play political games at such a critical time in the life of our nation. . “
“I urge you and every member of Congress to avoid actions that would further divide and ignite the passions of the moment,” he said.
Although the word has a threatening ringing tone, an impeachment is just the chamber’s framing of charges for a judicial-style trial in the Senate with the senators acting as jurors. A two-thirds majority of the Senate – 67 members – will have to vote to condemn.
Trump’s impeachment failed in 2019 in the Republican-controlled Senate.
To condemn him and dismiss him from office, 17 Republican senators will have to vote in his favor.
If, after the impeachment by the House, the Senate trial extends beyond next Wednesday, when Trump is removed from office, and a conviction, if it occurs, can only have the effect of l ‘prevent running for office in the future, besides being a resounding condemnation.
But first a slice of history. If momentum continues and Trump is ultimately impeached, it will be the first time in the country’s 244-year history that a sitting U.S. president will be impeached for the second time. This is already the fourth time that a president has faced impeachment proceedings, and Trump accounts for 50% of that total. The other two US presidents on this list: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.
The big difference between Trump’s latest indictment and this one is that the ground opened up under the Republican – after the attack on the U.S. Capitol, after Senate control evaporated but not necessarily in that order. . Unlike the last time Trump was impeached, when no Republican in the House supported charges against him, Republican support for Trump’s impeachment this time around is growing by the hour.
Then the Senate. After four long years of Trump’s implementation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is said to be “happy” with the impeachment because it will be easier to squeeze the party away from Trump. No matter what happens there, whatever happens marks an astonishing end to the Trump era in the White House.
This excerpt from the impeachment article against Trump says it all: “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 branch of government. He thus betrayed his confidence as president, to the obvious prejudice of the people of the United States. “
After last week’s experiments, the Capitol building was surrounded by high security with National Guard troops deployed at the Capitol entrances.
(With IANS inputs)