U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has declared that President Donald Trump, after calling for protests at the U.S. Capitol that turned violent, poses a threat to democracy and will proceed with a formal impeachment vote on Tuesday. Pelosi also issued an ultimatum to Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office or proceed with an impeachment vote, which means Trump will most likely become the first president to be impeached twice in U.S. history.
Ms. Pelosi plans to seek a vote early this week on a draft resolution that calls on Mr. Pence and cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment. According to the rules, when the House is not in session, any dissent will reject the resolution. Pelosi would then introduce the resolution in the House of Representatives, which would give Pence and cabinet officials just 24 hours to remove them. “The House of Representatives will act urgently to protect the Constitution and democracy of the United States because of the imminent threat posed by President Trump to both,” Pelosi said in a statement. Trump’s constant attacks on American democracy have heightened the fear of the American people, so we need to act quickly.”
As the uproar over the impeachment plan intensified, House Democrats were expected to vote and pass the impeachment bill early this week, aimed at quickly condemning and blocking Mr. Trump’s actions, delaying the impeachment trial for 100 days and helping Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden keep his focus on other priorities. Representative Jim Clyburn, a Democrat in the House of Representatives, floated the idea over the weekend as the U.S. grappled with violent protests by Trump supporters that surrounded the U.S. Capitol building to overturn the election results. “Let’s give Joe Biden 100 days to get his agenda up and running and passed as soon as possible,” he said.
As the end of Mr Trump’s term draws near, fears of further turbulence ahead of the inauguration are growing. Back last week, Trump supporters tried to break into the US Capitol building to disrupt the process of certifying the new US president. NBC News has confirmed that US law enforcement officers fired on a woman who was shot inside the US Capitol when supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the building. At least five people have been taken to hospital for emergency treatment. NBC News correspondent Rachel Scott also said he saw blood gushing from the woman, who within 15 minutes was put on a stretcher, then put in an ambulance and taken to a hospital. But the Associated Press confirmed at 3:06 p.m. local time on Jan. 6 that the woman who was shot had died, and she was identified as Ashli Babbitt.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) added her voice to those calling for Trump’s impeachment, calling on him to resign as soon as possible and stay out of the current turmoil. “I don’t think Donald Trump is qualified to be president, I don’t think he’s qualified to run the office, I don’t even think he’s qualified in any way to run,” she said. “He just needs to go.” Sen. Roy Blunt (R., Mo.) warned Mr. Trump that he needed to be ‘extremely cautious’ in his final days in office.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who also serves as a Republican senator from Kentucky, said the impeachment trial would not begin under the current calendar before January 20. Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) said Democrats were not really trying to reunite but to introduce impeachment legislation within days of the end of the current U.S. presidential term. But it is clear that some Republicans will support the impeachment plan.
Rep. David Cicilline (D., Rhode Island) said there were more than 200 co-sponsors of the impeachment bill he authored. If the House passes the impeachment bill, it can then be sent to the Senate for a vote. Senators serve as members of the resolution that decides whether Mr. Trump should be acquitted or convicted. If found guilty, Trump would be removed from office and replaced by Vice President Mike Pence. Despite the talk of impeachment, Biden insisted that any action taken by the U.S. Congress would be entirely at their discretion.