House Democrats move forward with impeachment. What to expect this week

Clay Curtis
January 13, 2021

Congressional Democrats on Monday began their drive to force President Donald Trump from office, formally introducing a resolution containing a single article of impeachment on charges of "incitement of insurrection" for his role in the attack on the US Capitol last week.

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If it is blocked by the Republicans, which is nearly certain, then the House will convene for a full House vote on Tuesday.

The Senate is in recess and any trial for Trump could not begin until January 20 at the earliest without the backing of all senators.

President elect Joe Biden has said that impeachment is a matter for Congress to decide upon, but said he has thought 'for a long time President Trump was not fit to hold the job'.

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The House will vote on the 25th Amendment measure as early as Tuesday and on the article of impeachment Wednesday - one week to the day after the deadly mayhem that has shaken Washington to the core and a week before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Democrats argue Mr. Trump has shown himself to be too much of a danger to remain in office and must be removed as soon as possible.

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.

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Lawmakers are set to introduce the legislation Monday, with voting mid-week. However, removal of a president under impeachment procedures requires a two-thirds majority in the Senate in addition to approval from the House.

Alex Mooney, a Republican congressman from West Virginia, objected to the Democratic move to unanimously call for the 25th Amendment to be invoked.

With a groundswell of anger among Democrats over the storming of the Capitol on January 6 by a mob encouraged by Trump, Pelosi said the House needed to act speedily.

A Republican senator, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, joined Republican Sen.

One possible incentive for doing this is that if Mr Trump is convicted in the Senate trial he could then be barred from ever seeking public office again, ending any hopes he may retain of returning to the presidency in the 2024 United States election.

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.

"Maybe we'll send the articles sometime after that".

Pelosi says that Pence will have 24 hours to respond to the request to activate the 25th Amendment to declare the president incapable of executing the duties of his office.

The Democratic effort to stamp Trump's presidential record - for the second time - with the indelible mark of impeachment advanced rapidly after the riot.

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