Will Donald Trump be removed from office? Is there enough time for that? and with what objective? This Monday, Democrats will present a resolution asking Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president due to disability. Without taking the step in 24 hours, the Democrats will begin the impeachment process.
This weekend, while the forces of order paid tribute to the deceased policeman during the seizure of the Capitol, the Democrats accelerated the pace to start the process of “impeachment” against Donald Trump.
Everything will begin this Monday with a resolution in the House of Representatives to ask Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president due to his inability to govern.
Trump could be charged with “inciting insurrection”
Pence will have 24 hours to decide. After that period, according to the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, they will open a political trial against Trump, under the possible accusation of “incitement to insurrection”.
But ten days after Joe Biden’s inauguration, the big question is whether there is time for this procedure. Brian Kalt, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Michigan, explains that the issue is raised in the Senate.
“There are some parliamentary mechanisms that the House of Representatives you can use to finish the procedure in a matter of hours, if you want, or at least in a day or two. Of course, this would eliminate the debate, leading to criticism (…) But the main problem is not the House of Representatives but the Senate, which does not plan to meet again until January 19 and there is no reason that forces them to act faster. “
Heavyweights of the Democratic Party ask to wait a hundred days of Biden’s government
The other possibility, defended by some Democratic heavyweights, is that the procedure is put in place when Joe Biden has been in office for 100 days, But that would mean removing Trump from a position he no longer holds, with the sole objective of preventing him from running for president again.
On the streets of Washington, this ‘impeachment’ provokes mixed reactions.
“I fully support it affirms a woman. I think there is no doubt about what happened here, the message that he has been transmitting for the last four years and that his followers took seriously. The president must answer for what happened. If this is not the time for impeachment proceedings, I don’t know when. “
“He is very close to the end of his administration. For the country, I think it would be better if he left of his own free will, to resign”says a man.
_ “I am afraid that, ultimately, impeachment will be seen as a punitive act that diverts attention to the wrong place,” says one woman. _
If the process progresses, Donald Trump would become the first president in US history to face two political trials.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.