Trump may become the first US president to be impeached twice
The incumbent President of the United States, Donald Trump, faces the prospect of becoming the first president to be impeached twice. Democrats warn that he poses "an unacceptable threat to the world after the mob instigated an attack on the Capitol." Writes about it CNN.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked for Vice President Mike Pence apply the 25th amendmentto declare the president incapable of performing his duties. If Pence abandons this move, the Democrats will again use the impeachment mechanism for less than a year after the previous.
But Trump has only 9 days to be president. In addition, Senate Republicans who are loyal to the president could delay and delay the process of quickly removing Trump from power. This means that the drama surrounding Trump's fate and the possibility of a new trial in the Senate could last longer than his presidency, and this trial could darken the first days of President-elect Joe Biden in office.
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Pelosi: "Trump is an imminent threat"
In the House of Representatives, a critical number of supporters of impeachment of Trump for his "attack on the US political system" are accumulating.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans on Monday, January 11, to achieve unanimous agreement on a resolution urging Pence to apply the 25th Amendment to declare Trump no longer able to fulfill his duties.
If the vote fails on Monday, Pelosi will repeat it on Tuesday, January 12th. If Pence takes no action within 24 hours, Democrats will embark on a historic road to re-impeach.
“In defending our Constitution and our democracy, we will act urgently because this president is an imminent threat,” Pelosi said. "As time goes on, the horror of the ongoing attack on our democracy by this president has intensified, as does the need for immediate action."
Democrats justify the unprecedented push for re-impeachment by saying that "after a flagrant abuse of power, Trump poses a serious threat to the country and the world and must be immediately removed." Another motivating factor is that a Senate guilty verdict is likely to deprive Trump of the opportunity to run again for public office.
House of Representatives publishes text of resolution on impeachment
The US House of Representatives issued a resolution to impeach President Donald Trump, accusing him of "inciting insurrection."
You can read the full text of the document in English at link.
Biden's early days in power will be difficult
Scheduling complications threaten to undermine the momentum of impeachment. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the unlikely likelihood of getting a unanimous agreement to end the Senate hiatus means that the earliest date for a Senate trial will be January 20, when Biden will take the oath.
Democrats can spend days or even weeks at the start of a new presidential term trying to condemn a president who has already left office. This scenario would not only complicate Biden's hopes to quickly turn the page for Trump in US history, but it would also slow down a desperately needed economic aid package and the new administration's efforts to organize a national fight against the pandemic, which is getting worse by the hour.
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Rep. James Clyburn suggested a workaround for this contingency. He said that Pelosi may not submit one or more articles of impeachment to the Senate right away.
“It just so happens that if you send articles to the Senate after 100 days, it could give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to complete his agenda,” the Democrat said.
Such an approach would satisfy the need for Democrats to punish the president for his behavior, without interfering with Biden.
But that would undermine their argument that the danger posed by Trump is so serious that he must be addressed immediately. After three months, the likelihood that enough Republicans in the Senate will join Democrats on this issue is dubious.
However, the strength of the Democrats' outrage is such that it may not be possible for Pelosi or Biden to hold on to the impeachment vote - even if it would cause logistical and political problems in the future.
25th amendment pence in reserve
There is no sign that Pence is ready to spearhead an attempt to apply the 25th Amendment, despite his conflict with Trump after the congressional vote on the presidential election. Sources said he is keeping the option in reserve in case the president, from whom he has now estranged, goes to extremes. Jim Acosta said Pence and his aides hope to be a bridge to the Biden administration and offer the new team as much help as possible in the fight against the pandemic.
Biden's team is working to find a middle ground so that the first days of his presidency do not get bogged down in another impeachment of Trump.
Pelosi said the Democratic faction in the House of Representatives now enjoys more support for Trump's impeachment than it did in 2019. Among Republicans, Trump's behavior that prompted the storming of the Capitol further split the party.
Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey said the best option for Trump would be to resign voluntarily.
“I think at this point, with only a few days left, this is the best solution,” Toomey said. "Trump has committed offenses requiring impeachment, but I'm not sure if a viable impeachment process is possible under these circumstances."
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The Pennsylvania senator believes that his colleagues, such as Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas, needed to resort to introspection after supporting Trump's "big lie" that he won the election.
“It will haunt them for a very long time,” said Toomey.
Many other Republicans have remained silent about Trump's behavior.
While many Democratic senators have expressed support for the attempt to oust Trump, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia warned that judicial rather than political punishment would be the correct response to Trump's actions.
“The first thing Joe Biden needs to do is get his people in office. Then vaccinate Americans and lift quarantine, Manchin said. - He has a lot to do now. And I'm not sure that the path of impeachment is the way he can restore everything. "
As ForumDaily wrote earlier:
- On January 6, the US Congress met in Washington, DC to approve the results of the presidential election. At the same time numerous supporters of the incumbent US President Donald Trump crowded under the Capitol building to protest against these results... The situation quickly escalated and turned into chaos.
- House of Representatives and Senate confirmed Joe Biden's win early Thursday morning January 7... During the protests near the Capitol, at least 5 people died, there are casualties. The chaos near the Capitol was condemned by the leaders of many countries.
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