House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that the House will proceed with legislation to impeach President Donald Trump while pressuring the vice president and the cabinet to invoke constitutional authority and force him to stand down, warning that Trump is a threat to democracy after the deadly assault on the Capitol.
House action could begin Monday as pressure mounts on Trump to step aside. A Republican senator, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, joined Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska in calling on Trump to “step down and leave as soon as possible.”
There was a surprising end to Trump’s last 10 days in office as lawmakers warned of the damage the president could still do before Joe Biden was inaugurated on January 20.
Trump, hiding in the White House, was increasingly isolated after a mob rioted on Capitol Hill in support of his false claims of voter fraud.
“We will act urgently because this president represents an imminent threat,” Pelosi said in a letter Sunday night to colleagues.
“The horror of the ongoing attack on our democracy perpetrated by this president is intensifying and so is the immediate need for action.”
On Monday, Pelosi’s leadership team will seek a vote on a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence and cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment, and a House vote is expected on Tuesday.
After that, Pence and the cabinet would have 24 hours to act before the House moved to impeachment.
During an interview on “60 Minutes” aired Sunday, Pelosi invoked the Watergate era when Republicans in the Senate told President Richard Nixon, “It’s over.”
“That is what has to happen now,” he said.
With impeachment planning intensifying, Toomey said he doubted impeachment could be held before Biden’s inauguration, even though a growing number of lawmakers say that step is necessary to ensure Trump never can return to an elected position.
“I think the president has disqualified himself from certainly never taking office again,” Toomey said. “I don’t think I am eligible in any way.”
Murkowski, long exasperated with the president, told the Anchorage Daily News on Friday that Trump simply “needs to get out.” A third, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, did not go that far, but on Sunday warned Trump to be “very careful” in his final days in office.
House Democrats were expected to introduce articles of impeachment on Monday. The strategy would be to quickly condemn the president’s actions, but delay an impeachment trial in the Senate for 100 days. That would allow President-elect Joe Biden to focus on other priorities as soon as he takes office on January 20.
Representative Jim Clyburn, the third Democrat in the House of Representatives and one of Biden’s main allies, laid out the ideas Sunday as the country faced a siege of the Capitol by Trump loyalists trying to overturn the results of the elections. elections.
“Let’s give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda in motion,” Clyburn said.
Corporate America began to show its reaction to the Capitol riots by linking them to campaign contributions.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association CEO and President Kim Keck said he will not contribute to lawmakers, all Republicans, who supported the challenges to Biden’s Electoral College victory. The group “will suspend contributions to those legislators who voted to undermine our democracy,” Kim said.
Citigroup did not single out lawmakers aligned with Trump’s effort to roll back the election, but said it would halt all federal political donations for the first three months of the year. Citi’s director of global government affairs, Candi Wolff, said in a memo on Friday to employees: “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, Republican, said impeachment could not begin on the current schedule before inauguration day, Jan. 20.
While many have criticized Trump, Republicans have said impeachment would be divisive in a time of unity.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, said that instead of coming together, Democrats want to “talk about ridiculous things like ‘We’re going to impeach a president'” with just a few days in office.
Still, some Republicans might support him.
Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse said he would take a look at any article the House sends him. Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a frequent critic of Trump, said he would “vote the right way” if the issue was raised with him.
The Democratic effort to seal Trump’s presidential record, for the second time, with the indelible mark of impeachment, has advanced rapidly since the riot.
Rep. David Cicilline, DR.I, the leader of the House effort to draft articles of impeachment accusing Trump of inciting insurrection, said Sunday that his group had more than 200 co-sponsors.
The articles, if approved by the House, could then be transmitted to the Senate for trial, with senators serving as jurors to acquit or convict Trump. If convicted, Trump would be removed from office and replaced by the vice president. It would be the first time that a president of the United States has been accused twice.
What it meant for Biden and the beginning of his presidency was potentially complicating Pelosi’s decision on impeachment. While reiterating that he had long viewed Trump as unsuitable for the job, Biden on Friday sidestepped a question about impeachment and said that what Congress did “is let them decide.”
A violent, mostly white mob of Trump supporters overpowered police, smashed security lines and windows and swept through the Capitol on Wednesday, forcing lawmakers to disperse as they finalized Biden’s victory over Trump in the 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 on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” and Rubio on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures.”
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism