With at least five Republicans joining their efforts to impeach President Donald Trump following the storming of the U.S. Capitol, Democrats in the House of Representatives have stood ready for a landmark vote to attempt to oust the president of its functions.
Eight days away from the end of Trump’s term, the House will vote on an impeachment article Wednesday accusing the Republican of inciting insurgency in a speech to his supporters last week before a crowd of them took over. stormed the Capitol, killing five people.
This would trigger a still Republican-controlled Senate trial, although it is not clear whether there was enough time or political appetite left to kick Trump out.
Democrats moved forward on an impeachment vote after an effort to persuade Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to remove Trump was rejected by Pence on Tuesday night.
“I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our nation or in accordance with our Constitution,” Pence said in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Despite the letter, the House passed a resolution formally calling on Pence to act. The final vote was 223-205 for.
As this happened, Trump’s iron grip on his party was showing further signs of slippage as at least four Republicans, including a member of the House leadership, said they would vote for his second impeachment – a prospect that no president before Trump has faced.
Rep. Liz Cheney, House Republican No. 3, said, “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
Trump “called this crowd, gathered the crowd and lit the flame of this attack” on the Capitol on Jan.6, Cheney, the daughter of former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney, said in a statement: “I will vote for remove the president. “
Three other members of the Republican House, John Katko, Adam Kinzinger and Fred Upton, have said they will also vote for impeachment.
Republican House leaders did not urge their members to vote against Trump’s impeachment, saying it was a matter of individual conscience.
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In his first public appearance since the riot last Wednesday, Trump showed no contrition on Tuesday for his speech, in which he repeated his false claim that President-elect Joe Biden’s victory was illegitimate. Biden will be sworn in as president on January 20.
“What I said was entirely appropriate,” Trump told reporters Tuesday in his first public foray since the attack on Capitol Hill.
In a meeting to set the rules for Wednesday’s impeachment vote, Democratic Representative David Cicillin told the House Rules Committee that the impeachment campaign had the backing of 217 lawmakers – enough to impeach Trump.
Cicillin, who helped craft the impeachment measure, said Trump “had almost a week to do the right thing. He refused to resign, he failed to live up to his responsibilities, he showed no remorse “.
House Republicans who opposed the impeachment campaign argued Democrats were going too far because Trump was on the verge of stepping down.
“It’s scary where it’s going, because it’s not just about impeaching the President of the United States. It’s about canceling the president and canceling all the people you’re not with. disagree, ”said Republican Representative Jim Jordan, one of Trump’s main allies. when the president was impeached in 2019 after encouraging the Ukrainian government to dig up political filth on Biden.
The New York Times reported that Republican Majority Leader in the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell, was said to have welcomed the Democratic impeachment push, suggesting that Trump’s party was seeking to quit him after the attack on Congress.
McConnell believes the impeachment effort will facilitate Trump’s purge of the party, the Times said.
If Trump is impeached by the House, he would have a Senate trial to determine his guilt. A two-thirds majority of the Senate is needed to convict him, meaning at least 17 Republicans in the 100-member chamber are expected to vote for the conviction.
“I don’t think you would have a hard time finding 17 Republicans to convict” with a very tight impeachment article, a former Republican Senate leadership adviser told Reuters. “I think for McConnell there is a very strong impetus for (the assault on Capitol Hill) not to define the party.”
Pelosi on Tuesday named nine impeachment “officials”, who would present the House’s arguments for impeachment in a Senate trial, but it is unclear how quickly such a trial would take place if the House voted for impeachment.
McConnell said no trial could begin until the bedroom returns from his vacation on January 19.
But Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who is expected to become majority leader after two Georgia Democrats are seated and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is sworn in, told reporters the Senate could be recalled for handle the issue.
Democrats could also use an impeachment trial to pass a vote preventing Trump from running again.
Rather than a two-thirds vote, a simple majority in the Senate is needed to disqualify Trump from future office. Legal experts disagree on whether an indictment conviction would be required before a disqualification vote. Another part of the Constitution, the 14th Amendment, also provides for a procedure for disqualifying Trump from future office by a simple majority of both houses.
Trump has said he plans to run again in 2024.
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