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Democrats are moving to impeach Trump in the final days of the presidency

On Monday, Democrats in Congress officially began impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump for a second historic time, accusing him of “inciting a revolt” because of his supporters’ storming of the US Capitol.

The move – which threatens to spoil the future political ambitions of the one-term president – could lead to a frantic four-year culmination of controversy before Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.

Democrats introduced a resolution in the House calling on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to impeach Trump as unfit for the position under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.

But the Republicans blocked her immediate adoption, and Democrats followed her with an article to impeach Trump for “inciting the revolt.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has attacked Republicans in the House of Representatives, accusing them of enabling Trump’s muddled, unstable and muddled business to continue.

“Their complicity endangers America and undermines democracy, and it must end,” she said in a statement.

The House of Representatives is now due to vote Tuesday evening on Pence’s request to invoke the 25th Amendment, and Pelosi will give him 24 hours to respond.

After that, she said, the Democrats will go ahead with the impeachment vote.

The US Capitol in Washington on Monday | Reuters

Biden has not publicly supported impeachment. But in Delaware, where the president-elect was receiving his second dose of the Coronavirus vaccine, he told reporters, “I was clear that President Trump shouldn’t be in office. Period.”

Trump has been largely silent in recent days – making few statements and not holding any press conferences. He was banned from using Twitter, his favorite public platform, due to language that could incite violence.

He plans to travel to Texas on Tuesday on one of his recent trips as president, to claim success in fulfilling his pledge to build a border wall to block immigrants from Mexico.

When the Democrats began to act, the Capitol was open to lawmakers and employees but under tight security and surrounded by an iron fence after a Wednesday attack by Trump supporters that killed five people.

Inside, some of the windows and doors that rioters had broken and breached remain, while the toughened glass on the doors near the Rotunda bore cracks from repeated beating.

The attack on Congress shook the core of American democracy and sparked international condemnation. It sparked a fresh impeachment bid for Trump, accused of pummeling crowds into storming rooms where lawmakers were witnessing Biden’s victory on November 3.

House Democrat Catherine Clark, speaking at the high-rise Rotunda Building, said she was “very angry” about the invasion but expressed confidence in the impeachment measures.

“Every day this president takes office is a day of crisis for this country,” said Clark, a leading House member.

He incited a seditious crowd to come and overthrow the government, and he must be held accountable for that and removed from office.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives had already impeached Trump once, in December 2019, due to pressure on the Ukrainian president to dig for political dirt over Biden.

The Senate, with a Republican majority, acquitted him.

The US Supreme Court appears through a broken window in the Washington Capitol on Monday |  Bloomberg
The US Supreme Court appears through a broken window in the Washington Capitol on Monday | Bloomberg

If the House of Representatives votes once again to impeachment, Trump will be the first American leader to be charged a second time with “major crimes and misdemeanors.”

Even as time approaches, House Democrats will likely have the votes to impeach Trump again. Congressman David Sislin, who introduced the resolution, then told reporters he expected to have Republican support.

“This was a coup attempt to topple the government, and we have a responsibility as Congress to respond to that,” Cecilene said.

Although two Republican senators – Pat Tommy and Lisa Murkowski – have publicly called for Trump to resign, it is unlikely that Democrats will obtain the two-thirds majority needed to convict and remove Trump from the 100-member Senate.

Still, Democrats see the impeachment effort as worth the effort.

While any conviction will likely occur after the president leaves office, it will deny Trump, who is considering running in 2024, from holding public office again.

The authorities are seeking to arrest more people who stormed the Capitol building after a rally of the President repeated false allegations that the Democrats stole the elections through fraud.

Trump was joined by Republican Congressman Mo Brooks, who is facing criticism in Congress after telling the crowd that it was time to “start removing the names and attack.”

Despite the repression, Trump supporters threatened new measures in the coming days in both Washington and state Capitol buildings.

Senate rules mean that the upper house will likely not be able to begin an impeachment trial before January 19.

For their part, some Democrats expressed concern that the Senate trial would impede Biden’s efforts to assert his government and quickly set his agenda, starting with fighting the Corona virus and the need to support the economy.

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