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Impeachment ahead, the House on Tuesday will first try to convince the vice president and cabinet to act even more quickly to remove the president. Donald trump of his position, warning that he is a threat to democracy in the remaining days of his presidency.

House politicians are gathering on Capitol Hill for the first time since the deadly pro-Trump riot to pass a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to declare the president unfit to serve. Pence is not expected to take any such action. The House would then move quickly to impeach Trump.

Trump told reporters at the White House that the prospect of impeachment is causing “tremendous anger” in the nation. But he said he doesn’t want “violence.”
President Donald Trump speaks to the media before boarding Air Force One, at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, on January 12, 2021. (AP)
President spoke when he went to texas to inspect the border wall with Mexico. His comments were the first to reporters since the attack on the Capitol. He did not accept questions.

On impeachment, Trump said that it is “something really terrible what they are doing.” But he said, “We don’t want violence. Never violence.”

Trump faces only one count, “incitement to insurrection,” in the impeachment resolution that the House will begin debating on Wednesday, a week before the inauguration of Democrat Joe Biden on January 20.

Unprecedented events – only the first US president to be indicted twice – are unfolding in a nation preparing for more unrest. The FBI has alarmingly warned of possible armed protests in Washington and many states by Trump loyalists ahead of Biden’s inauguration. In a dark omen, the Washington Monument has been closed to the public and the dedication ceremony on the west steps of the Capitol will be off limits to the public.

It all added to impressive closing moments for Trump’s presidency as Democrats and a growing number of Republicans declare he is unfit for office and could cause further damage after inciting a mob that violently looted the US Capitol. last Wednesday.

A Capitol police officer died from injuries sustained in the riot and police shot a woman during the violence. Three others died in what authorities said were medical emergencies.

President Donald Trump speaks to the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Washington. (AP)

“We have to be very tough and very strong right now in defending the Constitution and democracy,” Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, author of both laws, said in an interview.

On Monday night, the entire 34-member Hispanic Caucus of Congress unanimously agreed to support impeachment, calling for Trump’s immediate impeachment.

“It is clear that every moment that Trump remains in office, the United States is at risk,” said a caucus statement, led by Rep. Raúl Ruiz, D-Ca. It said Trump “must be held accountable” for his actions.

Democrats aren’t the only ones saying Trump should go.

Representative Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, encouraged Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives Monday night to “vote for their conscience,” according to a person who was granted anonymity to discuss the private call. He has spoken critically about Trump’s actions, but has not said publicly how he will vote.

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania joined Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska over the weekend in calling on Trump to “leave as soon as possible.”

Pence and Trump met Monday night for the first time since the Capitol attack and had a “good conversation” promising to keep working for the rest of their terms, said a senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. discuss the private meeting. .

Capitol police officers in riot gear push back protesters attempting to break through a door of the United States Capitol on Wednesday, Jan.6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo / Jose Luis Magana) (AP)

Pence has given no indication that he would proceed to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. No Cabinet member has publicly called for Trump to be removed from office through the 25th Amendment process.

As security tightened, Biden said Monday he was “not afraid” to take the oath outside the Capitol.

As for the rioters, Biden said: “It is vitally important that there is a really serious focus on stopping those people who engaged in sedition and threatened lives, defaced public property, caused great harm, hold them accountable. “

Biden said he has had talks with senators ahead of a possible impeachment trial, which some worry would cloud the early days of his administration.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer was exploring ways to immediately summon the Senate for trial as soon as the House acts, though Republican Leader Mitch McConnell would have to agree. The president-elect suggested splitting the Senate time, perhaps “spending half a day dealing with impeachment, half a day getting my people nominated and confirmed in the Senate, as well as moving forward on the package” to get more relief from COVID. .

As Congress resumes, an unease gripped the government. Another lawmaker, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Washington Democrat, announced Tuesday that she had tested positive for COVID-19 after taking shelter during the siege.

Many legislators may choose to vote by proxy instead of coming to Washington, a process that was put in place last year to limit the health risks of travel.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, holds a press conference the day after violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the United States Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP)

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has discouraged Republican lawmakers from using the power option. But during a call with them, he loosened his strict opposition to this week’s vote, according to a Republican who was granted anonymity to discuss the private call.

Among Trump’s closest allies in Congress, McCarthy said in a letter to his colleagues that “impeachment at this time would have the opposite effect of uniting our country.”

He said he would review possible censorship of the president. But House Republicans are divided, and some may vote for impeachment.

Democrats say they have the votes for impeachment. The impeachment bill of Representatives David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Ted Lieu of California, Raskin of Maryland and Jerrold Nadler of New York is based on Trump’s own false statements about his electoral loss to Biden.

Justices across the country, including some Trump nominees, have repeatedly dismissed cases challenging the election results, and former Attorney General William Barr, a Trump ally, has said there were no signs of widespread fraud.

The impeachment legislation also details Trump’s pressure on state officials in Georgia to “find” him more votes, as well as his rally at the White House before the Capitol siege, in which he encouraged thousands of supporters last Wednesday to “fight like hell” and march. to the building.

The mob overpowered the police, smashing through security lines and windows and razing the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to disperse as they finalized Biden’s victory over Trump in the Electoral College.

While some have questioned impeachment of the president so close to the end of his term, Democrats and others argue that he should be barred from holding public office in the future.

There is a precedent for pursuing impeachment after an official leaves office. In 1876, during the Ulysses Grant administration, the House indicted Secretary of War William Belknap the day he resigned, and the Senate called a trial months later. He was acquitted.


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