Donald Trump 'must be removed from office' says Scaramucci
President Trump’s last days at the White House may be dominated by his second impeachment, according to the Democrat caucus in the House of Representatives. Scores of legislators in the upper and lower chambers have thrown their weight behind the process, which if initiated would see Mr Trump make history as the only President to fight impeachment twice. Nancy Pelosi, the House of Representatives majority leader, can decide how to hold the President to account.
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The shocking actions taken by Trump supporters last week followed months of false claims Mr Biden and Democrats had “stolen” the November election.
Mr Trump and his allies spoke at a “stop the steal” rally hours before supporters stormed Washington DC’s Capitol building, branded “incitement to insurrection” in the article for impeachment.
Democrats have two options open to them, the first persuading Vice President Mike Pence to trigger the US Constitution’s 25th amendment and impeachment.
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Insiders believe the first option is unlikely, as Mr Pence has allegedly expressed reluctance to invoke the amendment – which would give him the presidency for the remainder of Mr Trump’s term.
However, in a statement posted yesterday addressed to Washington Democrats, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the lower chamber is still committed to pushing for the 25th amendment.
She said: “I want to call to your immediate attention the action to be taken tomorrow morning, when Majority Leader Hoyer will request Unanimous Consent to bring up the Raskin resolution.
“This resolution calls on the Vice President to convene and mobilise the Cabinet to activate the 25th Amendment to declare the President incapable of executing the duties of his office, after which the Vice President would immediately exercise powers as acting President.”
Without Mr Pence’s cooperation, Ms Pelosi said, the lower house will insist on a decision by Tuesday.
She added: “If we do not receive Unanimous Consent, this legislation is planned to be brought up on the Floor the following day.
“We are calling on the Vice President to respond within 24 hours.”
The next step is impeachment, which could begin following any response (or lack of) by the end of the 24 hours on Wednesday.
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Ms Pelosi drew on the seriousness of last week’s events, decrying the “ongoing assault” prompted by Mr Trump’s words.
She said: “In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both.
“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.
“I look forward to our Caucus call tomorrow. I am grateful to all Members for the suggestions, observations and input that you have been sending.”
“Your views on the 25th Amendment, 14th Amendment Section 3 and impeachment are valued as we continue.”
How far Congress will get with impeachment is as of yet unclear, as it would require unprecedented effort from lawmakers.
Mr Trump’s first impeachment in 2019 took months to complete and followed an extensive investigation.
But Democrats have moved swiftly, having already drafted articles of impeachment, and with support across the aisle have a chance of achieving the improbable by the end of Mr Trump’s term.
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