On Monday, House Democrats introduced a single article of impeachment against President Donald Trump following the riots that fell upon the Capitol Building last Wednesday, marking the second attempt to remove President Trump from office from House Democrats. Democrats believe Trump to have been inciting an “insurrection” during his rally that took place before protesters stormed the Capitol.
During the rally, the articles state that Trump had “willfully made statements that encouraged — and foreseeably resulted in — imminent lawless action at the Capitol. Incited by President Trump, a mob unlawfully breached the Capitol, injured law enforcement personnel, interfered with the Joint Session’s solemn constitutional duty to certify the election results, and engaged in violent, deadly, destructive, and seditious acts.”
“President Trump’s conduct on January 6, 2021 was consistent with his prior efforts to subvert and obstruct the certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election,” the article of impeachment stated. “Those prior efforts include, but are not limited to, a phone call on January 2, 2021, in which President Trump urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to ‘find’ enough votes to overturn the Georgia presidential election results and threatened Mr. Raffensperger if he failed to do so.”
“In all of this, President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of government,” the document stated. “He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coordinate branch of government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.”
“Werefore President Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law,” the article of impeachment concluded. “President Trump thus warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.”
Democrats plan to file the article during the House’s session at 11 a.m. EST, with a vote coming later this week. According to CNN, the impeachment comes as an ultimatum to Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25h Amendment and remove Trump from office himself or House Democrats will proceed with the impeachment process. Business Insider initially reported that Pence wouldn’t seek the 25th Amendment, however, CNN later reported that the vice president had “not ruled out” invoking the 25th Amendment.
On top of that, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., will also introduce a resolution prepared by Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md, that will call upon Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment.”We are calling on the Vice President to respond within 24 hours,” Pelosi said in her letter to the caucus.
The article was introduced by Democrat Reps. David Cicilline (D-RI), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), and Ted Lieu (D-CA), with reportedly 210 members of Congress standing in support of the articles, according to Cicilline on Twitter. “There’s strong support in the Congress for impeaching the President a second time,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on CBS’s 60 Minutes.
From a memo issued by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky), the earliest the Senate could take up impeachment would be January 19th, unless all 100 Senators agree to return early.
With nine days before President-elect Joe Biden’s administration transitions into power, impeachment would be rather short-lived. But, after five deaths, incredible damage to federal property, and a general sense of the nation’s seams coming apart, some form of denuclearization feels essential to help soothe the screaming political temperature. Impeachment, however, may only further disenfranchise those who stand with the President.