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House Democrats introduced an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Monday charging him with incitement of insurrection.
The House will formally vote on impeaching the president later this week unless Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from power.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer brought a resolution to the floor during a pro forma session on Monday calling on Pence to invoke the amendment and tried to get it passed by unanimous consent, but Republicans blocked the measure.
The resolution is widely expected to pass on Tuesday, when House Democrats will bring it to the floor again and vote via roll call. At that point, Pence will have 24 hours to move forward on invoking the 25th Amendment or the House will vote on passing the article of impeachment against Trump.
The Article of Impeachment: Incitement to Insurrection, drafted by Rep @davidcicilline, @RepRaskin, me & @HouseJudiciary staff, has now been formally introduced at the House pro forma session today. https://t.co/Y6ntbSXF9G pic.twitter.com/MfB4CpqC6C
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 11, 2021
Business Insider reported last week that the vice president is not inclined to take the drastic step, though a source later told CNN that he has not completely ruled out the option.
Monday’s developments come after Trump incited a deadly riot at the US Capitol on January 6 as Congress was counting up electoral votes in the 2020 election and preparing to finalize President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. The failed insurrection resulted in five deaths, including a 42-year-old Capitol Police officer who died from brain injuries sustained after Trump supporters beat him with a fire extinguisher.
At a rally before Congress convened, Trump urged thousands of his supporters to march to the Capitol and stop Congress from cementing Biden’s win.
“You’ll never take back our country with weakness,” he told the crowd. “You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.”
“We’re going to have to fight much harder,” he said, before the mob started making its way to the US Capitol.
Shortly after Congress began debating Republican election challenges to some states’ electoral votes, rioters breached barricades surrounding the Capitol and easily overtook Capitol Police, some of whom were filmed stepping aside to let the mob swarm into the building and taking selfies with Trump’s supporters.
The insurrectionists went on to ransack lawmakers’ offices and steal property including some records that the Justice Department said may have contained “national security equities.” Some rioters in the pro-Trump mob appeared to be hunting down members of Congress and the vice president.
A crowd of insurrectionists changed to “hang Mike Pence” before breaking into the Capitol, and a Reuters photojournalist said he overheard three rioters saying they wanted to hang the vice president “from a Capitol tree.” A Georgia man was arrested on federal charges over the weekend after sending a text message saying he would “put a bullet” in House Speaker …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics