Democrats Formally Submit Impeachment Article Against Donald Trump
David Cicilline, the representative for Rhode Island's first district, tweeted: "Just landed in Washington where I will be introducing an article of impeachment against the President for Incitement of Insurrection at 11am."
Then, Congressman Ted Lieu shared a picture of the document, writing: "The Article of Impeachment: Incitement to Insurrection, drafted by Rep @davidcicilline, @RepRaskin, me & @HouseJudiciary staff, has now been formally introduced at the House pro forma session today."
Trump has been charged with a single impeachment article: "Incitement of insurrection."
The impeachment proceedings could stand a better chance of success this time around as the Democrats hold a majority within the house.
Furthermore, while they may only take a matter of days from Trump's presidency, they could also preclude him from running for public office in future.
Trump is the only US President in history to be the subject of two impeachments. A vote on whether to impeach Trump could be heard by the middle of this week.
This latest move to impeach Trump comes after the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued an ultimatum to Vice President Mike Pence asking him to invoke the 25th Amendment of the US Constitution in order to remove Trump and become president himself.
The 25th Amendment allows for the president to be removed if he is deemed 'unfit' to hold office.
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Pelosi asked Pence to invoke the amendment today, or the Democrats would introduce impeachment proceedings.
In a letter to lawmakers on Sunday, Pelosi wrote: "The horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this president is intensified and so is the immediate need for action."
Pence is thought to oppose the invocation of the 25th Amendment.
Support from Trump is waning even within his own Republican Party, though it is thought that no Congress Republicans would support impeachment.
Pennsylvania's Republican senator Pat Toomey said today that Trump should 'resign and go away as soon as possible', echoing the sentiments of Alaskan Republican Lisa Murkowski.
The First Lady Melania Trump also condemned last week's violence, stating that the USA 'must heal in a civil manner'.
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."
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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