Nancy Pelosi Talks of Impeaching Donald Trump, 25th Amendment
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) warned Vice President Pence that the impeachment of Donald Trump is “looming.”
Pelosi said Jan. 11 that the House plans to move forward with a second go-around of impeachment plans for President Donald Trump if Pence fails to remove him under the 25th Amendment by Jan. 13.
According to The Washington Post, Pelosi’s warning came shortly after House Democrats formally introduced an article of impeachment, charging Trump with “incitement of insurrection” for his alleged role in the insurgence of the U.S. Capitol last week. Democrats say that measure already has 218 co-sponsors, enough to guarantee passage.
The House Democrats are voting within the next two days on a measure to call on Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment against Trump, as well as an article of impeachment.
The 25th Amendment would “In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.”
“We are calling on the vice president to respond within 24 hours” of the passage, Pelosi said in a letter to Democrats on Jan. 10. Pelosi also announced they would introduce the 25th Amendment measure, adding that Democrats would pursue impeachment legislation next.
The “incitement of insurrection” article of impeachment was then introduced by Raskin and Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and David Cicilline (D-R.I.). The measure claims that Trump has “demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law.”
“President Trump this warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States,” the resolution said.
It also cites Trump’s Jan. 2 one-hour phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger urging him to find enough votes to overturn the state’s election results as part of his effort “to subvert and obstruct the certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election.”
“In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both,” Pelosi wrote.
“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.”
Pelosi told CBS News’ “60 Minutes” on Jan. 10 that she prefers the 25th Amendment to impeachment.
“Well, I like the 25th Amendment because it gets rid of him. He’s out of office,” she said. “But there’s strong support in the Congress for impeaching the president a second time.”