U.S. House introduces motion to impeach President Trump

  • U.S. House introduces motion to impeach President Trump

U.S. House introduces motion to impeach President Trump

If Pence doesn't invoke the 25th Amendment and Trump doesn't resign (both of which may be unlikely), the House has a scheduled impeachment resolution that starts Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 9:00 a.m. ET (6 a.m. PT, 2 p.m. United Kingdom time, 12 a.m. Thursday AEST).

Democrats argue Mr. Trump has shown himself to be too much of a danger to remain in office and must be removed as soon as possible.

The president would face a single charge - "incitement of insurrection" - over the riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to a draft of the articles obtained by the Associated Press.

"In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both", Pelosi wrote in a letter to her colleagues yesterday.

GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania have called on Trump to resign. Trump is slated to cede office on January 20 when President-elect Joseph R. Biden is sworn in. A vote on whether to impeach Trump could be heard by the middle of this week.

The document allows for a temporary or permanent transfer of power from the U.S. president to the vice president if the majority of Cabinet members certify to Congress that the president is unable to perform his duties.

Monday's session marked the first time lawmakers had returned to the chamber after the events of last week, when the formal tallying of the Electoral College vote was halted by Trump supporters laying siege to the Capitol.

Trump has made baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud and challenged the results of the election for months.

Pence has given no indication he would act on the 25th Amendment.

"The horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this president is intensified and so is the immediate need for action".

Trump is the only US President in history to be the subject of two impeachments.

During an interview on "60 Minutes" aired Sunday, Pelosi invoked the Watergate era when Republicans in the Senate told President Richard Nixon, "It's over".

In a statement entitled "Our Path Forward" released by the White House, she said: "I implore people to stop the violence, never make assumptions based on the colour of a person's skin or use differing political ideologies as a basis for aggression and viciousness". The earliest the House can vote on an article of impeachment is Wednesday and it's unclear when the House would send the articles to the Senate for a trial.

"Let's give president-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running".

David Cicilline, the representative for Rhode Island's first district, tweeted: "Just landed in Washington where I will be introducing an article of impeachment against the President for Incitement of Insurrection at 11am".

Potentially complicating Pelosi's decision about impeachment was what it meant for Biden and the beginning of his presidency.

The US House of Representatives is expected to take up a vote to impeach President Donald Trump Wednesday, pending the outcome of its vote on the 25th Amendment Tuesday at 7:30 p.m ET.