House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) speaks at a renewed meeting of a joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College’s votes from the 2020 presidential election in the House room on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C.
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The House will continue Tuesday efforts to remove President Donald Trump from office for instigating last week’s deadly attack on the Capitol.
The Democratic Chamber will vote Tuesday night on a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence and the cabinet to call in the 25th Amendment to oust Trump from the White House. On Wednesday, the House plans to decide whether Trump was ever impeached the first president twice.
The chamber is expected to pass the 25th amendment measure, which does not require Pence and cabinet secretaries to take action. The vice president has so far opposed calls to remove Trump from office.
House majority leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Tried to pass the resolution unanimously on Monday. Representative Alex Mooney, R-W.V. blocked it.
Democrats, who introduced an impeachment article against Trump on Monday, say they have enough votes to charge the president with serious crimes and felonies. It is unclear how many Republicans will join the party to vote to impeach Trump.
The legislature uprising, in which five people, including a Capitol police officer, died, sparked a rush to hold Trump accountable with just a few days left in his tenure. Proponents of his impeachment say leaving the president in office is too much of a risk even until President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.
Some members of both parties have said they prefer to censor the president, in part because the Senate may not have enough time to remove Trump, even if Parliament sends articles on the Capitol as soon as possible. But those in favor of impeachment, claiming a token vote, will not hold Trump to account for his role in the riot that threatened lawmakers’ lives and disrupted their count of Biden’s election victory – a formal step in the peaceful transfer of power.
Democrats on Monday introduced competing versions of impeachment articles. The only leaders seem most likely to take hold, entitled “Incitement to Insurrection,” came from Reps. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., David Cicilline, D-R.I., And Ted Lieu, D-Calif.
In the article, lawmakers accuse Trump of provoking an attack on an equal branch of the government and disrupting the peaceful transfer of power. Not only do they cite his appeal to supporters to fight the election results at a rally shortly before the attack on the Capitol, but also his two months of lies that cost him widespread fraud a second term in office.
The impeachment article references Trump’s call to pressure Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to find enough votes to reverse Biden’s victory in the state. Certain Senate Republicans have urged the House to base the articles only around Wednesday’s attack to make it more difficult for lawmakers to challenge the impeachment, NBC News reported Monday.
Some Democrats have also questioned whether the House should send articles to the Senate immediately after impeaching Trump. Holding a Senate trial could soon disrupt Biden’s early agenda, including the confirmation of cabinet officials and the approval of a coronavirus aid package.
Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Has indicated that the Senate should receive articles one week from Tuesday at the earliest. The Senate must start a process shortly after the House has sent articles.
Hoyer indicated on Monday that he wants to send the impeachment to the Senate immediately after the House acted.
Biden on Monday suggested the possibility for the Senate to spend half of the day impeaching and the rest filling in for the executive branch.