House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday the House will proceed with legislation to impeach President Donald Trump as she pushes the vice chairman and Cabinet to invoke constitutional authority to force him out, warning that Trump may be a threat to democracy after the deadly assault on the Capitol.
Pelosi made the announcement during a letter to colleagues, saying the House will first vote to push vice chairman Mike Pence to invoke the powers of the 25th Amendment to get rid of Trump from office. After 24 hours, she said, the House would proceed with legislation on impeachment. Trump could become the sole president to be impeached twice.
“In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we’ll act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both,” she said, and added: “The horror of the continued assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified then is that the immediate need for action.”
On Monday, Pelosi’s leadership team will seek a vote on a resolution calling on Pence and Cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment.
With the House not in session, there’s likely to be an objection to its consideration. Pelosi would then put the resolution before the complete House on Tuesday. If it were to pass, Pence and therefore the Cabinet would have 24 hours to act before the House would move toward impeachment.
With impeachment planning intensifying, pressure was mounting for Trump to go away office even before his term ended amid alarming concerns of more unrest before the inauguration.
Two Republican senators have now said they need Trump to resign immediately within the wake of deadly riots at the Capitol. The president whipped up the mob that stormed the Capitol, sent lawmakers into hiding and left five dead.
Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania on Sunday joined Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska in calling for Trump to “resign and get away as soon as possible.”
“I think the president has disqualified himself from ever, certainly, serving in office again,” Toomey said. “I don’t think he’s electable in any way.”
A growing number of lawmakers want to stop him from ever again holding elected office.
House Democrats were expected to introduce articles of impeachment on Monday.
The strategy would be to condemn the president’s actions swiftly but delay an impeachment trial within the Senate for 100 days. that might allow President-elect Joe Biden to specialise in other priorities as soon as he’s inaugurated January 20.
Rep. Jim Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat and a top Biden ally, laid out the ideas Sunday because the country came to grips with the siege at the Capitol by Trump loyalists trying to overturn the election results.