Most Americans believe that Donald Trump should be removed from power before Joe Biden is sworn in to replace him, according to a poll released Sunday.
In the ABC News and Ipsos poll56% of those surveyed said Trump should be removed from office before inauguration day, January 20.
A higher number, 67%, held Trump responsible for the violence in the US Capitol this week, which left five dead.
At the Ellipse near the White House on Wednesday, the president told his supporters to “fight like hell” to reverse an electoral defeat that he said, without evidence, was caused by electoral fraud.
Soon after, a mob stormed the Capitol, crushing, robbing and confronting the police.
A Capitol police officer was reportedly killed after being hit with a fire extinguisher. A Trump supporter was shot dead by law enforcement.
Multiple arrests have been made, including of men who brought firearms and explosives to Washington. The rioters were reportedly seen in handcuffs, indicating plans to kidnap lawmakers. Outside, the protesters brandished a pitchfork and rope.
House Democrats are preparing to introduce articles of impeachment on Monday, accusing Trump of having “seriously endangered the security of the United States” and its institutions. ”
It will be Trump’s second impeachment trial. He survived the first, by approaching Ukraine over dirt on political rivals, last year, when he was acquitted by a Senate in the hands of the Republicans.
No president has been removed from office by impeachment. No president has been indicted twice.
Although Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated that a second trial for Trump could occur after inauguration day January 20, the president is reportedly preparing his legal defense.
Attempts to invoke the 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which provides for the impeachment of a president deemed incapable and his replacement by the vice president, seems certain to be unsuccessful.
Some Republicans have called for Trump to resign in favor of Vice President Mike Pence, echoing Richard Nixon’s decision to hand over power to Gerald Ford in 1974. The two men have reportedly There has been no talk since the Capitol mutiny. This step also seems unlikely.
Two-thirds of the Senate must vote for a president to be impeached and removed. Although Lisa Murkowski from Alaska has said Trump should go, and Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania have indicated their support for impeachment, a majority like that seems unlikely.
If Trump does not forgive himself, a move that would involve guilt and may not work anyway, or does not obtain a pardon from a successor, he will be vulnerable to federal prosecution after leaving office. State investigations are not subject to pardon.
In the ABC-Ipsos poll, 94% of those polled who said they were Democrats but only 13% of Republicans supported impeachment of Trump. The majority of independent politicians, 58%, also said they should go.
When asked if they trusted Biden to protect American democracy, 94% of Democrats said yes. But in a sign of the partisan divide that Trump’s four years have only deepened, only 14% of Republicans agreed.
Speaking to The Guardian on Saturday, Trump’s niece, psychologist and author Mary Trump, pointed to the political price Republicans can pay for inaction.
“If they don’t vote to convict him,” he said, “they will own this mess forever. It will burn them.
“In less than two weeks, [Trump] you will not have the Oval Office to protect you from lawsuits, bankruptcies, and criminal charges. I don’t know what he is going to do, but we must understand that he is capable of doing anything. And time is ticking. “
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, this week asked the chief of the US military for assurances that Trump would not have access to the nuclear codes.
“This is not a time to deliberate,” Mary Trump said. “It is time to act quickly.”
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