Congressmen are beginning their efforts to oust President Donald Trump from office this week, with a vote in the House on indictments expected as early as Wednesday that could make him the only president in U.S. history to be charged twice.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s management team will seek a vote on a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence and Cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment, with a full vote in the House expected on Tuesday.
After that, Pence and the government would have 24 hours to act before the chamber would go to the Supreme Court.
The never-used 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution allows the Vice President and Government to remove a president who is deemed unfit to perform the job.
A fantastic end to Trump’s last ten days in office is underway when lawmakers warned of the damage the president could still do before Joe Biden was inaugurated on January 20. in support of his false allegations of electoral fraud.
Trump’s deportation plans: Democrats prepare to act after Capitol riots
Judges across the country, including some Trump nominees, repeatedly rejected cases, and Attorney General William Barr, a Trump ally, said there were no signs of widespread fraud. Pelosi stressed the need for swift action.
“We will act with urgency, as this president poses an imminent threat,” Pelosi said in a letter to colleagues late Sunday.
“The horrors of the ongoing attack on our democracy carried out by this President are intensifying and so is the immediate need for action.”
During a 60-minute interview aired on Sunday, Pelosi referred to the Watergate era when Republicans in the Senate told President Richard Nixon, “It’s over.”
“That’s what needs to happen now,” she said.
With accusation planning intensified, Senator Pat Toomey said he doubted accusations could be made before Biden was inaugurated, although a growing number of lawmakers say it is necessary to ensure that Trump can never hold the office again.
“I think the president has disqualified himself from ever, for sure, serving again,” Toomey said. “I do not think he can be elected in any way.”
Rope. Jim Clyburn, the third-ranked House Democrat and a Biden ally, put forward the ideas on Sunday as the country came to terms with the siege of the Capitol by Trump loyalists trying to reverse the election result.
“Let’s give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda started,” Clyburn said.
Corporate America responds
Corporate America began to show its reaction to the Capitol riots by linking them to campaign contributions.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association President and President Kim Keck said it will not contribute to the legislators – all Republicans – who supported the challenges for Biden’s constituency. The group “will suspend contributions to the legislators who voted to undermine our democracy,” Kim said.
Citigroup did not appoint lawmakers in line with Trump’s attempts to cancel the election, but said it would pause all federal political donations for the first three months of the year. Citi Wolff, head of global government affairs, said in a Friday memo to staff: “We want you to be sure that we will not support candidates who do not respect the rule of law.”
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Has said a lawsuit could not begin under the current calendar before inauguration day.
All eyes on the Republicans
While many have criticized Trump, Republicans have said accusations would be divisive in a time of unity.
Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Said that instead of coming together, Democrats want to “talk about ridiculous things like” Let’s accuse a president “with only a few days left in office.
Still, some Republicans may be supportive.
Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska said he would look at all the articles the House sent over. Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a frequent Trump critic, said he would “vote the right way” if the matter were put to him.
The democratic effort to stamp Trump’s presidential record – for the second time – with the indelible repression of deportation had progressed rapidly since the uprising.
Rope. David Cicilline, DR.I, a leader of the House’s efforts to draft indictments accusing Trump of inciting insurgency, said on Sunday that his group had 200 plus co-sponsors.
The articles, if approved by the House, can then be transferred to the Senate for a trial, where senators act as jurors to acquit or convict Trump. If convicted, Trump would be removed from office and succeeded by the vice president. It would be the first time a US president has been charged twice.
Potentially complicated Pelosi’s decision on the charge was what it meant for Biden and the beginning of his presidency. While reiterating that he had long seen Trump as unsuitable for his subject, Biden on Friday ignored an issue of accusation and said that what Congress did “is for them to decide.”
A violent and largely white bullying of Trump supporters overpowered police, broke through security lines and windows and fell through the Capitol on Wednesday, forcing lawmakers to disperse as they completed Biden’s victory over Trump in Electoral College.
Toomey appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Clyburn was on “Fox News Sunday” and CNN. Kinzinger was on ABC’s “This Week”, Blunt was on CBS’s “Face the Nation” and Rubio was on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures.”
( Jowharwith AFP, AP and REUTERS)