Published: Wed, January 13, 2021

Trump impeachment process starts, Republicans block

Trump impeachment process starts, Republicans block

It's understood that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is looking to call on the vice president to aid in the impeachment of Donald Trump.

A second Republican senator, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, is calling for Trump to resign.

Trump has made baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud and challenged the results of the election for months.

"As the days go by, the horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action".

Meanwhile, there's chatter on social media platforms, like Twitter and Parler, about the potential for more violence in Washington the days ahead.

Hoyer's office said the House would consider articles of impeachment Wednesday morning.

Mike Pence should invoke the 25th Amendment within days to remove Donald Trump from office, Democrats have said.

Representative Jim McGovern, the chairman of the House Rules Committee, said he expected the impeachment article to come to the floor for debate as soon as Wednesday, and he thought it would pass.

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".

In a statement entitled "Our Path Forward" released by the White House, she said: "I implore people to stop the violence, never make assumptions based on the colour of a person's skin or use differing political ideologies as a basis for aggression and viciousness".

Lawyer Alan Dershowitz, who was reported to have expressed interest in defending Trump again, said he has not been in contact with Trump or "anybody who would be in a position of authority", and he said he doubted that there would be time for a trial given the limited window before Biden takes office and Democrats take control of the Senate. That would give the new president time to get cabinet members confirmed and focus on legislative priorities.

The process typically begins with members of the US House of Representatives voting on so-called "articles of impeachment", namely, a spate of charges against a president.

As Republicans now hold 50 of the 100 Senate seats and impeachment trials typically take weeks, it is unlikely the measure will succeed without a significant intervention from GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell.

Lawmakers warned of the damage the president could still do before Biden is inaugurated. A majority of House Democrats have backed Reps.

Some Democrats, for their part, have expressed concern that a Senate trial would overshadow and hamper Biden's efforts to quickly lay out his agenda, starting with the fight against the coronavirus and the need to support the economy. He spoke at a rally of his supporters on the National Mall as Congress convened to certify the Electoral College vote and cement Biden's win.

Senate Majority Leader Sen. With the Senate in recess, any trial for Trump could not begin until January 20 at the earliest without the backing of all senators.

While many have criticized Trump, Republicans have said that impeachment would be divisive in a time of unity.

Still, some Republicans might be supportive.

"Maybe we'll send the articles sometime after that". Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a frequent Trump critic, said he would "vote the right way" if the matter were put in front of him.

Trump would be the first president to be impeached twice. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and David Cicilline, D-R.I.

One reason Democrats might pursue conviction, even after Trump leaves office, is to prevent him from ever being able to run again for federal office. Even if the House impeaches Trump again, the Senate, which is now controlled by Republicans, would not take up the charges until January 19 at the earliest, Trump's last full day in office.

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